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Inland Rail

4.4
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Inland Rail Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Construction & Property Services

What is Inland Rail:

Inland Rail is transforming how goods are moved around Australia.

More than 1,700km long, Inland Rail comprises 13 individual projects across 36 local government areas: one project in Victoria, seven in New South Wales, and five in Queensland. It involves upgrading and enhancing 1,100km of the existing rail line and building 600km of new track to connect missing links between Melbourne and Brisbane.

Inland Rail will carry double-stacked, 1,800m-long trains travelling at speeds up to 115km/h, with each train carrying the equivalent freight volume of 110 B-double trucks.

Construction of Australia’s largest freight rail infrastructure project is well underway and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is working with regional businesses and communities to make it happen.

Why Inland Rail: 

Australia's population is predicted to reach 45 million by 2060, according to 2018 Australian Bureau of Statistics data. We need a reliable and efficient rail network to meet our increasing freight needs and take the load off our already congested roads. 

Connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, Inland Rail will complete our national freight network—better connecting producers and manufacturers to markets and creating new opportunities for businesses, industries and regional communities.

Inland Rail means freight can be delivered faster and more reliably to our growing population, and beyond to global markets. It also means safer, less congested roads and fewer carbon emissions. 

When is this happening: 

Work on Australia's largest freight rail infrastructure project – a priority infrastructure project for the Australian Government – is well underway, and we're working with regional businesses and communities to make it happen.

Construction commenced in 2018 and one project – Parkes to Narromine in NSW – has already been commissioned while construction on our Narrabri to North Star project is well underway. 

Inland Rail is expected to be fully operational by 2027. This is an indicative estimate only and will be determined by several factors, including ongoing community consultation, design development work and unforeseen weather events. 

Inland Rail’s commitments:

Supporting job creation

Inland Rail will create more than 21,500 direct and indirect jobs during construction.

Commitment to Sustainability

Inland Rail has a strong commitment to sustainability and creating long-term value for local communities, the economy and the natural environment. Inland Rail is committed to achieving a program-wide ‘excellent’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating. 

Already, our Parkes to Narromine project and Narrabri to North Star Phase 1 projects have achieved ‘excellent’ ratings.

It is the first rail infrastructure project in Australia to install certified carbon neutral concrete culverts (Parkes to Narromine project), reducing carbon emissions by more than 7,500 tonnes.. 

We have achieved significant circular economy outcomes with the Parkes to Narromine project diverting 100% of its spoil from landfills, incorporating 297,000m3 of blended ballast and ash into rail formation works and recovering 90,000 steel and 46,716 timber sleepers.

We also promote and support strong sustainability practices across our supply chain by facilitating business capability workshops and webinars which help regional businesses enhance their sustainability credentials.

Supporting and developing our workforce

Inland Rail supports the workforce in many ways:  

  • Our Graduate Program ensures that younger generations can participate in a nation-building project and can benefit from the wealth of experience of Inland Rail and ARTC’s combined workforce
  • Our mentoring program supports provides individuals with the fit for purpose personal and professional development
  • We provide work experience opportunities to young individuals identifying as Indigenous and wanting to get a qualification 
  • We provide support to employees who are undertaking studies, aiming for industry accreditation or professional / industry memberships
  • We are committed to providing equal opportunity employment, with females comprising more than 40% of our entire workforce. 
  • We are committed to bridging the industry gap by developing individuals who would have not worked in the rail industry previously
  • Our free Employee Assistance Program is also available for employees and their families as part of our commitment to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our workforce. 

These are just a few examples of how we are supporting and challenging the Inland Rail workforce in a dynamic project delivery environment that encourages continuous improvement and professional development. 

Recruitment Process

Inland Rail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to launch their careers and gain mega project exposure.

Our two-year Graduate Program includes three rotations in disciplines directly linked to a student’s career and professional development objectives. 

After successfully completing our Graduate Program, you will have the opportunity to further your career with Inland Rail across our various project teams. 

Opportunities

Our July 2022 Graduate Program is offering opportunities in several disciplines:

  • Health and Safety
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Project Management Office
  • Commercial
  • Information, Communication and Technology
  • Communication and Marketing.

Key dates

  • The application period for Inland Rail’s Graduate Program opens on Monday 21 February 2022 and closes on Sunday 13 March 2022.
  • Successful applicants will start on Monday 4 July 2022 and the Graduate Program will run for a duration of 12 to 24 months.

Recruitment process

  • It starts with a simple online application via our Inland Rail Career Website
  • Please upload your updated resume and include your phone, full name, address and email details. Where applicable, please also include any right to work in Australia documentation.
  • After completing the application, we’ll email you to confirm your submission.
  • During our recruitment process, you will be requested to complete a psychometric and cultural fit assessment and an interview process. We want to understand who you are, your motivations and what your careers aspirations are. 
  • We look forward to hearing from you and good luck with your application.

Remuneration & Career Growth

  • Competitive salary
  • Performance bonus: Up to 10% discretionary.
  • Access to a wide variety of gyms, pools and fitness outlets at discounted rates.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Service available 24 hours a day, all year round.
  • Novated car lease options.
  • Workplace Banking Program: Access to a range of offers and benefits on personal banking and financial products and services.
  • Discounts on Dell products.
  • Microsoft Employee Purchasing Program: This program enables you to get a licensed copy of most Microsoft® Office desktop PC applications to install and use on your home computer.

Graduate Reviews

Overall Score
4.4
Overall score based on 7 reviews
They Score Best in…
9.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.9
Culture
9.7
Diversity
9.7
Management
9.2
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.9
Culture
9.7
Diversity
9.7
Management
What Graduates Say About Them
  • How friendly and supportive everyone is!
  • They are very thorough with their training.
  • Very inclusive and friendly workforce, especially in the context of longer working hours working on-site, which allow for strong working relationships to be formed with many of my colleagues.
  • The people. Most people are very welcoming and are willing to go out of their way to help with my development as a graduate.
  • Inland Rail puts a lot of time and effort into developing your skills as a graduate.
  • Good team (approachable, happy to teach, guide and share information), interesting multidisciplinary project.
  • Role clarity, keeping grads busy with meaningful work.
  • I can sometimes feel a bit in the dark with information. Starting the grad program felt like I was going in a bit blind, with HR unable to articulate what my role and living conditions would actually be, and there is still no word as to what and where my next role in 2 months will be.
  • Working from home at the moment is not ideal for a graduate.
  • The very large scope can be a bit daunting, lack of established work/responsibilities for graduates.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
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IT & Computer Science
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
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AU March Job & Internship Super Fair 2022 | Employer Pitch - Inland Rail

Watch this employer pitch from the Engineering Consulting stream to hear from Inland Rail representatives on how to succeed in the industry.

What is Inland Rail?

Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia, generating opportunities for our regions and our economy, now and well into the future.

AU March Job & Internship Super Fair 2022 | Employer Pitch - Inland Rail

Watch this employer pitch from the Engineering Consulting stream to hear from Inland Rail representatives on how to succeed in the industry.

What is Inland Rail?

Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia, generating opportunities for our regions and our economy, now and well into the future.