Paul Swift


With more than 30 years’ experience working within the various Australian Rail Networks, Paul is a highly motivated Project manager & Electrical SME who has worked on a range of major rail developments in the Sydney metropolitan area, SA Heavy and light rail systems, QLD Freight Systems (Aurizon). Paul has a strong track record of working in live rail environments, as seen on the Bauhinia Electrification, Sunbury Electrification, Auburn Stabling, Adelaide Light Rail Upgrade, Cronulla Line Duplication and Epping to Chatswood Rail Line, where Paul ensured the integration of various complex packages into various Rail Operators existing network.

Paul has extensive knowledge and understanding of the construction, maintenance and asset management requirements of the rail infrastructure, including OHW, transmission/cabling, traction and none traction substations, HV and LV installations, signalling, civil structural and track and will transfer his local knowledge of the Sydney metropolitan rail network and positive experiences with the other Australian Rail network operators to this role.

Paul will make a valuable member providing extensive knowledge around not only technical challenges / evaluations but also requirements around various systems and processes (e.g. Isolations / switching, Assurance and asset registers and requirements of the Sydney Trains Maintenance teams.

Paul’s expertise spans all disciplines but bring significant electrified rail network knowledge and experience. Paul is open and consultative approach to liaising with project stakeholders will help ensure the role requirements exceed expectations.

Strengths & Skills

  • Significant electrified rail network knowledge
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem solving skills and ability to identify and act on issues
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain strong positive working relationships


Rail Planning Services,

Engineering Consultant                                                                                                              2015 – Current

TfNSW Projects, Sydney NSW,

Working with Sydney Trains Engineering Systems Integrity and Major Works divisions providing Electrical Rail Traction Systems SME support across several key areas including :-

  • Development of an Electrical Commissioning requirements document providing a single guide for projects with Electrical Elements around the expectations, requirements and deliverables for electrical commissioning aligning to TfNSW assurance process, ASA standards and requirements and compliance to Sydney Trains (Electrical Network Operator and Rail Infrastructure Manager) Electrical Network Safety Rules.
  • SME support to Major Works Division Electrical Isolation Improvement Program, this program recognised as one of the top 3 significant projects to the Sydney Trains Network which includes innovations such as the Automation of the 1500V OHW system Isolation and Rail Connection process, Electrical Permit System end to end solution and several other minor projects looking at improving current isolation and permitting processes. Pauls role is to provide SME support around the current processes, assurance and compliance of the Electrical Network Safety Rules, ASA Standards and regularity and legislative requirement’s.
  • External Party’s Works (EPW) support around compliance to the Sydney Trains Electrical Network Safety Rules including the development of a Navigation Tool for the EPW managers to use as a guide to navigate through the complex Electrical Network Safety Rule and a Judgement of Significance Tool for EPW managers to Assess External Project work methods compliance to the Electrical Rule.
  • Project Manage Electrical Network Significant projects including the Electrical Access Project looking at replacing the existing antiquated electrical locking system with a new Electronic, traceable, transparent and continuously updatable locking system. Paul was also responsible to Project Manage the transfer of the Operation and Maintenance of the Airport Lines Sydney Trains Electrical Network connected Substations back to Sydney Trains to comply with Regularity requirements as Sydney Trains being the Electrical Network Operator.

Paul has with TfNSW Transport Projects Division in providing an Electrical Enabling Works functional scope for the new Intercity Fleet (NIF) maintenance facility at Kangy Angy, these works include the redirection of several HV feeders, new traction substation and distribution substations as well as brown and green field OHW works.

Paul is also currently working with Acciona on the Sydney Light Rail project, providing interface management specifically with Sydney Trains interfaces associated with the enabling, civil and structural construction works. In this position Paul has also provide traction power systems technical support.


Laing O’Rourke

Construction Manager – Bauhinia Electrification Project                                                                                                              2012 – 2015

Bauhinia Electrification Project is a D&C Contract awarded by Aurizon to Laing O’Rourke, The scope is to electrify 110km existing coal rail line from Blackwater to Xstrata coal mine in Rolleston. Paul’s primary responsibilities included the tendering, design, procurement, delivery and commissioning of the Traction Supply System including a Traction Feeder Stations, Track Sectioning Yard, 132kV Switch Yard, 11 Auto Transformer locations, 12 Power Supply Cubicles, 5.2kms of dual circuit 132kV transmission line, 110kms of communications & interfacing with the OHW systems. In this role Paul progressively steered innovations including:-

  • Introduction of first principles power modelling to determine load requirements for set operational performance criteria.
  • Static Frequency Converters (SFC) as a traction power quality solution for the first time in Australia and a first word wide for a 50 hertz direct to OHW system solution. This replaces the traditional methods of Power Transformers along with Harmonic Filters and Static Var Compensators or STACOM’s. Another advantage of the SFC is meeting Capacitive Compensation requirements (reactive power support) during remote end feeding (74kms away) due to the loss of primary supply. The 4 quadrant SFC has the added benefit of fulfilling this requirement over typical power quality solutions such as a SVC, STACOM, etc. The SFC also has the capability of producing a balance & clean supply back onto the network grid under rolling stock regeneration braking.
  • DfMA solution Skid 50kV Structured Mounted Outdoor Switch Gear & associate Protection and control buildings.
  • New traction Protection Philosophy’s around distance protection and fault locating.
  • New Compact Power Supply Cubical arrangement.
  • New vertical type motorised and manual disconnectors including remote motorised earthing.

Paul was responsible for ensuring a safe design and delivery method is employed through implementing best practices including Safety in Design workshops, detailed management plans and safe work procedures across the project all to Aurizon requirements and specifications.

Construction Manager                                                                                                              2011 – 2012

Novo Rail is an alliance comprised of RailCorp, Laing O’Rourke, Aurecon and O’Donnell Griffin. Responsible for safely delivering a range of Substation, overhead wiring (OHW) and transmission Line works to meet RailCorp’s specifications.


Electrical Manager                                                                                                              2010 – 2011

Manage Laing O’rourke Rail capability across NSW delivering a substantial programme of infrastructure works across Sydney’s rail network. Responsible for safely delivering a range of Substation, LV installations, Transmission Line and overhead wiring (OHW), track and signalling works to meet various client requirements.

During this period was part of the successful bid team for the Auburn Stabling Project and went on to manage the successful delivery of all electrical packages including Substations, Transmission Line works, HV & LV cabling, lighting and power LV services, Signalling power supplies, Over Head Wiring System.


Integration Manager, Electrical                                                                                                              2009 – 2010

Cronulla Line Duplication – Responsible for mediating and applying relevant knowledge for the design review processes for electrical packages and other related interface packages. Monitored the implementation and construction of approved designs, managed RailCorp resources (isolations, supervision, specialist roles, commissioning and handover), facilitated RailCorp’s operational and asset acceptance and handover of electrical systems, identified defects and managed the defects close out. His team was responsible for the reconfiguration and commissioning of the OHW and HV transmission systems with no issues or defects.

Integration Manager, Electrical                                                                                                              2008 – 2009

Epping to Chatswood Rail Line – Responsible for facilitating RailCorp’s operational and asset acceptance and eventual handover of electrical systems and ensuring electrical assets were fit for purpose and appropriately certified and commissioned. Identified defects and closely monitored the defects close out, ensured relevant processes were in place for RailCorp to meet statutory and regulatory requirements and devised training development programs for new infrastructure and facilitated effective asset and operational handover to the client including relevant configuration management, training and defect management on schedule while successfully managing the interfaces and integration of the new assets into the existing RailCorp network.

Asset/Project Manager – Major Periodic Maintenance                                                                                                              2001 – 2008

Responsible for major periodic maintenance projects such as substation upgrades and rebuilds, OHW rebuilds and renewals, transmission line construction and upgrades, Value Management Studies, interfaces for external party projects impacting on rail.

Electrical Maintenance Engineer – Infrastructure Maintenance Division                                                                                                              2007 – 2008

Responsible for managing the electrical routine maintenance budget in the order of $4 million, developing future routine maintenance plans and budgets, monitoring capital and clearways projects in excess of $20 million and attend regular Maintenance engineer forums with site of improved consistency across the metropolitan and develop lessons learnt. Facilitated regular team briefings providing up to date feedback on team performance and business goals and focus and set targets and goals for direct reports and formalise through a PDP.

Electrical Asset Engineer – Infrastructure Maintenance Division                                                                                                              2002 – 2007

Responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing long term asset management plans to ensure reliability and performance in accordance with current and future operational requirements in a financially responsible manner. Carried out project delivery, practical completion and hand over acceptance in confirmation of work being completed to specified programs and scopes. Identified project deliverables (key milestones) and monitored and reported progress against them.

Infrastructure Maintenance Engineer                                                                                                              2001 – 2002

Responsible for all aspec