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Partnerships Overview

Aurizon has a proud track record of supporting the communities in which we work and live, in many different ways. Some of the most important elements of this support are our local, regional and national partnerships.

We look to create mutually beneficial relationships with key organisations or community groups, where our involvement can help these groups achieve their goals.

As part of our community investment program, Aurizon is forming partnerships with organisations and events that support our focus on Community Safety, Education, Environment, and Health & Wellbeing.

Newcastle Knights

Newcastle Knights

As part of our commitment to regional communities Aurizon is proud to sponsor the Newcastle Knights.The Hunter Valley is an important area for Aurizon, with growing operations and a growing workforce. 

Aurizon has been a partner of the Newcastle Knights for the last six years, and throughout that time has worked with the Club to bring rail safety messages into local schools and the broader community.

The Newcastle Knights work with Aurizon to deliver an important Rail Safety program into primary schools throughout the Hunter Region.  Knights players act as Rail Safety Ambassadors to teach children to Stop, Look, Listen and Think around railway tracks.

Off the field, the Newcastle Knights recognise the people in their region are their most important asset, and therefore are involved in a number of programs and charity initiatives to support the local community.

Barry the Ball

Aurizon works with Newcastle Knights players to introduce 'Barry the Ball' as part of an interactive presentation to give kids tips on how to stay safe around rail lines and crossings. Barry the Ball teaches the children to “Know their Game Plan” at level crossings, as he helps them to understand:

  • Trains are very long and heavy, and take a long time to stop
  • Only ever cross a railway track where it’s safe - at a level crossing, a bridge or an underpass
  • Never play on or near railway tracks
  • When you’re waiting for train, stand behind the yellow line
  • If you’re in a car, remind the driver to stop and look both ways before they cross the track
Barry the ball

Queensland Music Festival

Aurizon’s Platinum Partnership with the Queensland Music Festival builds on the work we are doing to help prevent domestic violence and support those effected.

As Presenting Partner of the You’re the Voice project Aurizon aims to bring together thousands of singers in community, school and professional choirs across the country in a monumental musical event which will culminate in a moving, mass rendition of John Farnham’s powerful anthem. 

The You’re The Voice chorale concert will take place during Queensland Music Festival, when more than 2,000 people, including Katie Noonan, will sing their hearts out at Brisbane’s South Bank Piazza.

Joining via livestream through the QMF website and social media channels, a cast of thousands including men and women of every age from every corner of Australia who want their voice to be heard on the important issue of domestic and family violence - will sing in unison with those at the big finale event.

Funds raised through the sale of a special charity single will support domestic violence initiatives across Australia. 

For more information visit the Queensland Music Festival website.

Queensland Music Festival
Clontarf Foundation

Clontarf Foundation

Aurizon’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation will make a difference and improve the lives of indigenous young men.

The Clontarf Foundation is a charitable not-for-profit organisation set up to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men.

The Foundation has been highly successful in attracting boys to school and retaining them. It has also been successful in placing graduates in permanent full-time employment.

The Foundation’s programs are delivered through a network of Academies, each of which operates in partnership with a secondary school or college. The Foundation uses the existing passion Aboriginal boys have for football –either Aussie Rules or rugby league – to attract them to attend an Academy. Upon completing school, graduates are helped to find employment and are provided with on-going support.

Clontarf currently operates more than 60 schools in 39 cities and towns across Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. It is also now expanding into Queensland.

For more information visit the Clontarf Foundation website.

UN Women

Aurizon's Platinum Partnership with the Australian National Committee for UN Women is aimed at empowering women and ensuring gender equality in the workplace.

Aurizon is proud to elevate its long standing relationship with the Australian National Committee for UN Women to Platinum Partnership from 2015.

UN Women's priority areas are:

  • Increasing women’s leadership and participation
  • Ending violence against women
  • Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting

The Australian National Committee for UN Women is actively working to address gender equity issues, especially in Australia and our region. Aurizon has been fortunate to see first-hand the work of UN Women in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

Aurizon is also proud to be a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of seven principles that offer guidance for business based on best practices from around the world and is the result of a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact. Aurizon is one of only a handful of Australian Companies to have signed up to these principles.

For more information visit the Australian National Committee for UN Women website.

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Darkness to Daylight 

Every year in Australia approximately 110 women, children and men die because of domestic and family violence. 

Aurizon has taken an active role in reducing the impact of domestic violence amongst our employees and the broader community through our employee assistance programs and also supporting organisations and events to raise awareness. 

As part of these efforts Aurizon is proud to support the annual Darkness to Daylight Challenge. This particular event is Brisbane-based and involves a walk/run covering a distance of 110 kilometres, with each kilometre representing a life lost to domestic or family violence, but also the ones left behind.

For more information visit the Darkness to Daylight website.