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  • Mr. Brett Doak


  • Advanced Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
  • Exemplar Global Principal Auditor.
  • ICAM Lead Investigator.
  • iESM Practitioner and Trainer.
  • Expert Witness.
  • Graduate of the State Rail Authority of New South Wales Senior Management Development Programme, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Advanced Management Certificate, Australian Institute of Management, Sydney.
  • Business Management Certificate, Australian Institute of Management, Sydney.
  • Tutor - Diploma of Rail Operations Management.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the Australasian Railway Association.
  • Member of the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board.
  • Member of the International Railway Safety Council.
  • Member of the Permanent Way Institution - New South Wales.
  • Associate of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.
  • Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.


Brett is an accomplished hands-on workplace health and safety, railway safety, and railway operations manager. His proven record of achievement includes over 38 years' experience in delivering workplace health and safety, railway safety, and railway operations solutions to the railway, construction and other industries.

He began his career as a Junior Station Assistant and progressed through a range of customer service, safety, operational, management and senior executive management positions with the State Rail Authority of New South Wales, Rail Access Corporation and Rail Infrastructure Corporation before establishing his own consulting company, Terrace Rail Pty Limited, in 2004.

Since 2004 Brett has been integrally involved in major railway projects across Australia, including the Sydney Airport Line, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Rail Clearways Program, Southwest Rail Link, and Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line. He also provides specialist and professional consulting services in Australia.

Brett's range of technical knowledge, expertise, and experience includes:

  • Railway Operations, including Train Planning and Network Control management.
  • Railway Safety Accreditation, including Safety Management System development and review.
  • Railway Safeworking.
  • Development and Review of Network Rules and Procedures.
  • Safety Assurance of rail related projects.
  • Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Management.
  • Development and Review of Operator Specific Procedures, Instructions, Operating Manuals, and related documentation.
  • Business and Operational Readiness.
  • Compliance Audits.
  • Investigations.
  • Workplace Training and Assessment.
  • Project Management.
  • Expert Witness and Opinion Services.
  • Independent Professional Reviews.

Career Highlights:

  • Managing Director, Terrace Rail Pty Limited.
  • Project Manager for the Victorian Network Rules Development and National Code of Practice Alignment Project, later becoming the Australian National Rules Project.
  • Rail Safety and Accreditation Manager for the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation, Transport Construction Authority, and GVK Hancock Coal.
  • Rail Safety and Assurance Subject Matter Expert, Operations for Transport for New South Wales.
  • Various railway safety, railway operations, and safety assurance related roles and engagements associated with the construction and delivery of major railway projects, including the Airport Line, Rail Clearways Program, Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, Southwest Rail Link, Glenfield to Leppington Rail Line, Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program, and Sydney METRO.
  • Chaired Boards of Inquiry and led investigations into railway incidents and accidents, including the Hexham Derailment and Collision, Gas Leak in the Sydney Underground Rail Network, and Hi-rail Derailment on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Coordinated and managed the responses to the recommendations arising from the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Glenbrook Rail Accident on behalf of the State Rail Authority of New South Wales.
  • Developed and implemented the railway safeworking rules, procedures and protocols for the operation of rail traffic during the testing and commissioning of the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link and Glenfield to Leppington Line.
  • Conducted Independent Professional Reviews of safety assurance documentation for Digital Train Radio System Dual Fit Operations on the Initial Operating Sector.
  • Developed and implemented railway safeworking rules, procedures and protocols for the commissioning of new rail infrastructure, and the introduction of Train Order Working on two privately owned freight lines in country New South Wales.
  • Conducted a Rail Safety Regulator initiated Independent Professional Review of the adequacy of the safety management system of a Rolling Stock Operator following a major incident.
  • Conducted an independent professional review of new worksite protection network rules and procedures developed by Kiwi Rail.
  • Tutor - Diploma of Rail Operations Management.
  • Achieved rail safety accreditation as Rail Infrastructure Manager in Queensland for GVK Hancock Coal.
  • Achieved rail safety accreditation as Rolling Stock Operator in New South Wales for Swietelsky Rail (Australia) Pty Ltd.
  • Conducted independent business and operational readiness professional reviews for the introduction of Queensland Rail's Next Generation Rolling Stock.
  • Rail Safety Subject Matter Expert for the Queensland Rail Inner City European Train Control System (ETCS) Project

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