About Us

Incorporated in 2013, Training Ahead Australia (TAA) has quickly grown to become the training provider of choice for many rail owners and Tier I constructors. Specialising in training for the Rail sector, with the aim of improving safety standards throughout, which is achieved by combining industry experience with fresh and innovative training strategies. 

With offices in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, our core strength relies upon not only the many years of experience gained from the ground up by our trainers but our constant evaluation of said training, through industry consultation and being part of NUGROUP who are at the forefront of Rail innovative practices. 

At TAA, our training delivery methods, coupled with (in most cases) bespoke course content ensures the participants are engaged throughout the course leading them to put into practice any theory component, leading to increased SAFER productivity for the client. 

 Having access to NUGROUP group of companies ensures our innovative training style is supported by access to their vast array of resources and equipment throughout Australia. 

 With the flexibility to upscale quickly to suit any project scope and provide custom solutions – from highly integrated training portals to our unique ‘mobile rail training’ facility – TAA would welcome the opportunity to discuss your training needs. 


Meet the TAA crew


Dannielle Walz

Director – Business Operations

Dannielle is the founding director of Training Ahead Australia, and provides the training expertise that ensures every course delivers on the TAA promise of being high quality and memorable. Coming from a resources/heavy industry background, Dannielle has experienced firsthand the dangers of untrained workers and unsafe workplaces. She started the business with the goal of developing training that made a difference, for the better. With that goal now realised, Dannielle’s next step is to position TAA as the nation’s number one training provider for the construction and rail industries – to widen their field and offer TAA’s game-changing training throughout Australia.

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Tom Scash

Director – Business Development

With a penchant for innovation and entrepreneurialism, Tom joined Dannielle as a director of Training Ahead Australia in 2015. Having worked in the construction industry for the majority of his career, he broke away from being an employee to found his own start-up in 2012 – matching construction professionals with career opportunities. To TAA, Tom brings unique insights into how to engage with people and develop a business around the needs of clients. Sharing Dannielle’s vision of safer workplaces and more streamlined businesses, he is committed to sharing the TAA training experience across the nation.

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Duane Kirk

Trainer – Cert III & IV Workplace Health & Safety, First Aid & CPR, Working at Heights, Confined Spaces

Duane is the lead health & safety trainer at Training Ahead Australia, with over 10 years’ experience as a trainer and safety advisor. Having worked in both Queensland and Victoria in both capacities and extensive experience in mining, energy, fire and construction, Duane’s expertise has been crucial in assisting with the development and design of TAA training material and courses.

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Dominic Britt

Paul Cassie

Advisor – Rail

Paul is a Director of a well-established rail solutions group of over 100 staff, supplying to major rail networks across Australia. As an advisor for Training Ahead Australia, he helps the directors with reviewing the company’s development and providing feedback on TAA’s rail-specific material.

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David Sullivan

Advisor – Rail

David is the owner of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that specialises in rail and learning, including clients such as Aurizon. As one of Training Ahead Australia’s advisors, he supports the company by assisting in auditing TAA’s rail training material and course development.

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  • “Working with Training Ahead Australia has been phenomenal. What they have delivered to my organisation has been nothing short of exceptional. We have seen a direct correlation between recent growth and success in sales, productivity and in culture from the training and influence of TAA.”
    - Bernard Fernandez, Agero Group
  • “I found the Microsoft Office and MYOB training conducted by Training Ahead Australia to be exactly what I required; it was thorough, and was applied with the right level of context to deepen my understanding and meet the objectives of each course. The team are lovely, approachable, honest, and deliver training with the highest level of professionalism.”
    - Cassandra Sampson, Thiess
  • “Training Ahead Australia’s initial analysis of our training needs, followed by the professional delivery thereof, has aided NUGROUP group of companies fulfil our statutory obligations and to remain at the cutting edge of the rail sector.”
    - Paul Cassie, NUGROUP
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