Jobs, Skills and Industry Participation

The NSW Government is replacing the ageing NSW regional rail fleet of XPT, XPLORER and Endeavour trains.

A new Regional Rail maintenance facility will be built in Dubbo to support the new fleet, stimulate the regional economy and help create sustainable job opportunities and skills.

The NSW Government awarded the contract to deliver the Regional Rail Project to Momentum Trains in February 2019.

Momentum Trains is an international consortium comprising CAF, UGL Rail Services, Pacific Partnerships, CAF Investment Projects and DIF Infrastructure V Coöperatief.

The contract includes project financing, designing, building, maintaining and operating the new purpose-built Mindyarra Maintenance Centre in Dubbo.

What is Jobs, Skills and Industry Participation?

A key objective of the Regional Rail Project (the Project) is to provide opportunities for people and businesses in regional NSW. The Jobs Skills and Industry Participation (JSIP) team on the Project focuses on three key priority areas (Figure 1). These key priority areas reflect relevant NSW Government policies and programs including the Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APIC) Policy and the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program

With an estimated 200 jobs required during construction, and 50 ongoing jobs during the maintenance phase, the Project provides opportunities for long term employment as well as skills development. The development of transferable skills from one project phase to another, and onto other projects in the region, can support long term job prospects for regionally-based people. Employment pathways include roles for apprentices, trainees, graduate placements and work experience on the Project.

Aboriginal employment is a key focus area for the Project, reflecting the NSW Government’s commitment to promoting the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Around 15 per cent of the people living in the region identify as Aboriginal compared to a 2.9 per cent average across NSW.

The Regional Rail Project also focuses on building the capability of regional small to medium enterprises with initiatives including:

  • industry briefings
  • tender writing workshops
  • a Business Support Catalogue to help businesses in and around the Central West and Orana region to further develop their skills and capabilities. The Business Support Catalogue provides information on programs, grants and general support for businesses, such as accessing funding to expand their operations, or developing their employees’ skills.

The Regional Rail Project adopts a cross-government, collaborative approach to the delivery of the JSIP priorities A JSIP Advisory Group and Aboriginal Working Group was established in 2018 and includes representatives from Federal, State and local government. The Groups provide advice and support to Transport for NSW and Momentum Trains to help deliver JSIP priorities and objectives. Aboriginal Working Group members have links to the local Aboriginal community in and around Dubbo, and focus on achieving meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.

Dubbo Maintenance Facility Name

The Regional Rail Project has collaborated with the Project’s Aboriginal Working Group and representatives from local Aboriginal organisations to name the new Regional Rail maintenance facility the ‘Mindyarra Maintenance Centre’.

Mindyarra is the first train maintenance facility on the Transport for NSW network to use an Aboriginal word for its name.

The word Mindyarra is a Wiradjuri word, it means to fix or repair. Pronounced Min-dga-rra, it was chosen to represent the work that will occur at the new Regional Rail maintenance facility. Importantly, it also represents the work Transport for NSW is doing to create a future of healing with the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land.

By working together, we aim to acknowledge the past while we work to “Mindyarra” the future.

JSIP Bulletin 

Each quarter we’ll provide an update on JSIP activities on the Regional Rail

Business Support Catalogue

The Business Support Catalogue provides information about programs and grants for small to medium enterprises to help build capability, capacity and develop their employees’ skills.

Key documents

More information

For more information, please call 1800 684 490, or email

Business and suppliers interested in procurement opportunities available on the Regional Rail Project, please visit ICN to view project-related work packages or to submit an expression of interest.