Driving Gender Equality at Transport

Welcome to the Transport Women in Leadership Site. This is a space for you to find information, tools and resources about gender equality, and collaborate and connect with other people across the cluster.

For information about our commitment to driving gender equality, key programs and initiatives and our discussion board, you can visit the pages under 'Key Information'. For upcoming events, announcements and articles of interest, check out the 'What's New' board below.

This page is for you, so we encourage you to share your suggestions for what you would like to see more of on the discussion board.

Inclusion and Diversity Team

Welcome to the Transport Women in Leadership Site. This is a space for you to find information, tools and resources about gender equality, and collaborate and connect with other people across the cluster.

For information about our commitment to driving gender equality, key programs and initiatives and our discussion board, you can visit the pages under 'Key Information'. For upcoming events, announcements and articles of interest, check out the 'What's New' board below.

This page is for you, so we encourage you to share your suggestions for what you would like to see more of on the discussion board.

Inclusion and Diversity Team

  • Delivering a virtual Acknowledgement of Country

    13 days ago

    With more employees working flexibly and joining online meetings from various locations, it’s important we continue to recognise and pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which attendees meet. Here are some ways to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of a meeting, speech or formal event that takes place online.

    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nsw-public-service-commission_delivering-an-acknowledgement-of-country-activity-6663683957915295744-Kpqf

    With more employees working flexibly and joining online meetings from various locations, it’s important we continue to recognise and pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which attendees meet. Here are some ways to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of a meeting, speech or formal event that takes place online.

    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/nsw-public-service-commission_delivering-an-acknowledgement-of-country-activity-6663683957915295744-Kpqf

  • Have you joined the WiSE Network?

    13 days ago

    At Transport, we are committed to increasing the representation of females working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Construction (STEMC). We are working to improve attraction and retention of women of STEMC and building the pipeline for women in STEMC from students through to our future leaders. The Women in STEMC Employment (WiSE) Cluster Network is a foundation for this work.

    Why you should join the WiSE Network
    • Connect and network with other members of the Network from across the cluster
    • Volunteer for outreach activities with local schools and universities
    • Be visible and build your profile as a women in STEMC
    • Be involved in a movement to drive change

    Click on this link to find out more and join the network.

    At Transport, we are committed to increasing the representation of females working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Construction (STEMC). We are working to improve attraction and retention of women of STEMC and building the pipeline for women in STEMC from students through to our future leaders. The Women in STEMC Employment (WiSE) Cluster Network is a foundation for this work.

    Why you should join the WiSE Network
    • Connect and network with other members of the Network from across the cluster
    • Volunteer for outreach activities with local schools and universities
    • Be visible and build your profile as a women in STEMC
    • Be involved in a movement to drive change

    Click on this link to find out more and join the network.

  • Make your voice count during Covid-19 - Families in Australia survey

    13 days ago

    Calling all people of Transport: share your experiences of hashtagCOVID-19. Help paint the picture of how Australia's families are adapting to the pandemic. Tell us how the pandemic has affected your life, your family, your relationships. Make your voice count. Do the survey today! hashtagFamiliesinAustraliaSurvey hashtagfamilies hashtagfamily hashtagcoronavirus hashtagsurvey hashtagresearch hashtagCOVID19

    Calling all people of Transport: share your experiences of hashtagCOVID-19. Help paint the picture of how Australia's families are adapting to the pandemic. Tell us how the pandemic has affected your life, your family, your relationships. Make your voice count. Do the survey today! hashtagFamiliesinAustraliaSurvey hashtagfamilies hashtagfamily hashtagcoronavirus hashtagsurvey hashtagresearch hashtagCOVID19

  • Safety After Dark Innovation Challenge

    29 days ago

    This year, the Transport Digital Accelerator is running the Safety After Dark Innovation Challenge, an initiative focused on safety for women travelling in Sydney at night. The Innovation Challenge is a call to start-ups and innovators to collaborate with Transport for NSW. Safety After Dark will open its doors to the start-up community to partner on finding ways to create a city with safer mobility for women at night. At the launch event, participants received a defined challenge statement and everything they need to apply, including knowledge and awareness of key challenges and opportunities.

    Learn about the challenge, what’s on offer, and how you can be involved by contacting the
    Digital Accelerator.

    This year, the Transport Digital Accelerator is running the Safety After Dark Innovation Challenge, an initiative focused on safety for women travelling in Sydney at night. The Innovation Challenge is a call to start-ups and innovators to collaborate with Transport for NSW. Safety After Dark will open its doors to the start-up community to partner on finding ways to create a city with safer mobility for women at night. At the launch event, participants received a defined challenge statement and everything they need to apply, including knowledge and awareness of key challenges and opportunities.

    Learn about the challenge, what’s on offer, and how you can be involved by contacting the
    Digital Accelerator.

  • Welcome to 100 of our diverse new graduates, scholars and cadets

    29 days ago

    This year, we’ve welcomed over 100 new graduates, cadets and scholars from disciplines such as business, information technology and engineering – our next generation of innovative thinkers, problem solvers and game-changers. Check out the video to meet our diverse group of new recruits and find out what our entry level programs are all about.

    This year, we’ve welcomed over 100 new graduates, cadets and scholars from disciplines such as business, information technology and engineering – our next generation of innovative thinkers, problem solvers and game-changers. Check out the video to meet our diverse group of new recruits and find out what our entry level programs are all about.

  • Flex Empowerment Series

    29 days ago

    Join our fourth and final webinar in our Flex Empowerment Series on avoiding the Flextraps: How to 'nudge the grudge' in flexible working tomorrow, Thursday 30 April at 10am – 10:45am. You can register here for the session. You’ll learn about why workplace grudges or barriers manifest in virtual and flexible teams, and practical strategies for overcoming them to optimise performance outcomes. Be quick to register! You can also watch all the playbacks of all webinars on Stay Informed.

    Join our fourth and final webinar in our Flex Empowerment Series on avoiding the Flextraps: How to 'nudge the grudge' in flexible working tomorrow, Thursday 30 April at 10am – 10:45am. You can register here for the session. You’ll learn about why workplace grudges or barriers manifest in virtual and flexible teams, and practical strategies for overcoming them to optimise performance outcomes. Be quick to register! You can also watch all the playbacks of all webinars on Stay Informed.

  • Joy in the Juggle: Your vision for family life in lockdown

    29 days ago

  • Celebrating International Women's Day 2020

    2 months ago

    Across Transport, we’ve been holding events to support International Women’s Day (IWD) and discuss what we – both as individuals and as an organisation – need to do to forge a gender equal world.

    On 5 March, around 700 of our people attended a Transport IWD event at the International Convention Centre for a stimulating morning of networking, keynote addresses, videos and discussions.

    The event included an engaging presentation from Australian journalist and author, Annabel Crabb, who argued that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave the workplace (when their lives demand it) as women...

    Across Transport, we’ve been holding events to support International Women’s Day (IWD) and discuss what we – both as individuals and as an organisation – need to do to forge a gender equal world.

    On 5 March, around 700 of our people attended a Transport IWD event at the International Convention Centre for a stimulating morning of networking, keynote addresses, videos and discussions.

    The event included an engaging presentation from Australian journalist and author, Annabel Crabb, who argued that gender equity cannot be achieved until men are as free to leave the workplace (when their lives demand it) as women are to enter it. Find out more in her Quarterly Essay.

    See the highlights … and spread the word

    Watch the videos from the Sydney event, reflect on what their messages mean for you, and share them with your colleagues across Transport.


    See all the colour and energy of the event, summed up in 90 seconds.

    We've got incredible women doing incredible things, right across Transport.


    Kirsten Watson, our Chief People Officer, talks about our Executive leadership team’s commitment to gender equality, about the progress we’ve made at Transport on equality and inclusion, and our priorities for the future.


    Peter Church, Head of Rail Delivery hosts a panel discussion with Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary for Safety Environment and Regulation, John Dinan, Executive Director of Community and Place with Regional and Outer Metropolitan, and Samiha Najem, Associate Director for System Integrity at Sydney Trains.


    Secretary, Rodd Staples, closes the event with a personal reflection about the value of listening to the insights of women at Transport as part of his role in the Male Champions of Change Program, and a call to action to everyone to speak up to support change.

    Four incredible women share their stories about what it’s like to be a woman working at Transport.

    Related links

    Donate to Empower Hour and change a woman's life.

    Join the WiSE Network to support women working in STEMC.

    Meet some more incredible Transport women.

  • Meet Sherri Fields from Customer Strategy and Technology

    3 months ago

    Sherri Fields is the Principal Manager Research and Investigation in Customer Strategy and Technology. She recently received the award of Fellow of the University of Technology (UTS). This award is in recognition of Sherri’s outstanding contributions to planning and communications in public service, especially transportation, and her contribution in developing a more transparent research environment.

    We spoke to Sherri to get to know her and her achievements a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a highly engaged and committed team that manages the Research Hub – aimed at improving research collaborations and partnerships between TfNSW and...

    Sherri Fields is the Principal Manager Research and Investigation in Customer Strategy and Technology. She recently received the award of Fellow of the University of Technology (UTS). This award is in recognition of Sherri’s outstanding contributions to planning and communications in public service, especially transportation, and her contribution in developing a more transparent research environment.

    We spoke to Sherri to get to know her and her achievements a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a highly engaged and committed team that manages the Research Hub – aimed at improving research collaborations and partnerships between TfNSW and the university sector.

    As a team, we work with Transport subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop Problem Statements, which are then put on our Research Hub for academics to respond to. Some current projects include mobility as a service, place-making, optimising signalised intersections, and improving workplace flexibility.

    What's your proudest moment?

    Launching the Research Hub to 150+ academics in June 2018 was a big career highlight. Since then, I have watched our interactions, both internally and externally, develop into meaningful relationships, partnerships and projects.

    And of course another proud moment was being awarded Honorary Fellow of UTS in 2020.

    What advice do you have for other women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Don’t be afraid to extend yourself into areas you feel are beyond you. For me, it was the UTS Industry Advisory Boards where I learnt so much and established many great relationships.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    I try to weave interesting activities into my evenings, like being involved in a long-running Book Club, dinners with friends and spending time with my family.

    Tell us something that people may not know about you?

    I’m a country girl from Keerrong, a town between Nimbin and Lismore. I have 4 children at various life stages – a daughter studying at UTS, and three sons in years 4, 10 and 12. They keep me happy, busy and grounded. I also enjoy swimming with the Drummoyne Swim Club.

    Congratulations to Sherri on her award!

  • Meet Jenni Andrews from State Transit

    3 months ago

    Jenni Andrews is the Operational Training Manager at State Transit and she believes that passion leads to opportunities.

    We spoke to Jenni to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of facilitators, coordinators, driver capability trainers and driver coaches who are collaboratively building the skills, knowledge and capabilities of bus operators at State Transit.

    What’s your proudest moment?

    Launching the new Operational Training team in 2019 and then seeing the development of the team and their individual capabilities. Now we’ve been a team for over 12 months and I can...

    Jenni Andrews is the Operational Training Manager at State Transit and she believes that passion leads to opportunities.

    We spoke to Jenni to get to know her a little better.

    What do you do at Transport?

    I lead a team of facilitators, coordinators, driver capability trainers and driver coaches who are collaboratively building the skills, knowledge and capabilities of bus operators at State Transit.

    What’s your proudest moment?

    Launching the new Operational Training team in 2019 and then seeing the development of the team and their individual capabilities. Now we’ve been a team for over 12 months and I can see the difference they make to the trainees’ experience working for State Transit, each and every day.

    What advice do you have for women who are looking to progress their careers in Transport?

    Find what motivates and drives you. I love working in the learning environment and people notice when you have a passion for what you do. Passion leads to opportunities and I look forward to many more in the future.

    How do you ensure a good work/life balance?

    I’m still working on that one but having a flexible working arrangement makes it easier. Working in an operational environment and with two small girls, a husband and a puppy dog - life is busy! I try to make sure that when I am at home with my family they get all my attention. I also try and make time for me by going to the gym or taking a walk.

    Tell us something people may not know about you?

    I love musicals and see just about every one that comes to Sydney or Melbourne. This love sometimes turns to obsession - I’ve seen Wicked 10 times in three countries!