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The Permanent Way Institution, New South Wales Incorporated is believed to be one of the largest and most active Sections of the Permanent Way Institution worldwide. The NSW PWI Section became incorporated in 1996.

The PWI NSW has held a highly successful Annual Convention every year since our inception. It is held during October each year. This event is renowned as being the best value-for-money railway conference in Australia. As each year goes by, our proactive Committee strives to lifting the bar to a higher level each me, with each year’s Convention getting better than the previous year’s and with the event continually growing in popularity.

The benefits of being part of our prestigious PWI NSW Section are extensive:

  • Sharing of knowledge of the Railway Industry with over 500 individual members, life members, more than 80+ active corporate members, including our special Enhanced Membership Levels of Platinum, Gold and Silver Membership.
  • Enhanced permanent way learning, including four to six Technical meetings annually.
  • Participate in our Annual Convention, which is held in October each year in Sydney.
  • Contribute in one of our prestigious awards for excellence, viz; the Steve Maxwell Platelaying Award, the Alan Barham Maintenance Team Award, the Ken Erickson Innovation Award, the Welders’ Award and the Young Achiever’s Award.
  • Enjoy the conviviality and mateship of great interaction and networking with railway personnel of varied disciplines, contractors, suppliers and consultants at our various member subsidised events.
  • With the railway industry’s change in ownership and accountability from government towards the private sector, the PWI is a unique body, which can bring all these associated parties together.
  • Participate in regional meetings which are held in major towns and cities in Country NSW, to promote the aims of our Institution to service our members in these areas.
  • Attend unique networking opportunities such as our Winter Dinner.
  • Participate in our post Annual Convention event.


Thank you to our Platinum Corporate Sponsors

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Thank you to our Platinum Corporate Sponsors


All Members of the Permanent Way Institution NSW will receive access to additional resources on this website and the ability to read, and participate in the online Membership Forum.

Members of the Permanent Way Institution NSW receive a number of additional benefits depending on the level of membership. Enhanced Membership Benefits apply to our Platinum, Gold and Silver members and Corporate Membership Benefits apply to our Corporate and Associate Corporate members.