…in pursuit of control room best practice

...in pursuit of control room best practice



In 2013, a number of control room stakeholders attended a Control Room Design and Operation conference in Sydney. It was unique and important and filled a room with 80 people. It was a forum which involved operators, managers, designers, human factors and ergonomics. It held the interest of representatives from oil, gas, electrical generation and distribution, market operators, transport, tunnels, mining and infrastructure; educators and researchers; consultants and trade vendors. It was a forum which had not been convened before in Australia.

It was held again in Sydney in 2014 and Melbourne in 2015.

It was evident that delegates wanted participation and representation – a members' organisation which would continue to provide and manage a members’ forum to support the control room industry.

Following the 2015 conference a few individuals created the Australian Control Rooms Network – a LinkedIn group – which provided an ongoing forum. They designed and produced OZCORONET 2016 – the group’s self-organised three day conference in Brisbane. Not only was the content professional and unusual, but the vitality and networking proved the appetite for this forum. The presentations included live theatre safety training with actors; eight case studies, international presenters and delegates; and eight facility site visits with an insights and lessons learnt panel session back at the conference with the site visit hosts. The Brisbane conference closed with the 73 registered participants voting to sustain this forum and to formalise it.

The Australian Control Room Network Association was registered with ASIC on the 9th November 2017. An Association committee was established with the main aims to seek corporate membership and to hold a conference in mid to late 2018.

...and right now...

...we are in the lead-up to the ACRNA 2019 Conference - our second. We are 90 members strong and proud of the support of 7 corporate members who are named in the footers.

Two foundation corporate memberships were established with Jemena and Transurban. The three day conference was held in Parramatta in November 2018, with the Association’s inaugural AGM held on day 3 with 55 people voting in a management committee of 11 and confirming the common goal to share and improve their knowledge of control room operation and design.

The Benefits of Membership


The ACRNA is set up to support members with a resource gathering, sharing and development forum, and to provide a network of individuals and corporates who want to actively participate in pursuing operational best practice.

Membership of the Association provides those connections through the website, enables you to actively participate in gathering, sharing and developing resources, and financial membership subsidises your attendance at the very successful annual conference.

Individual and Corporate Memberships are available.



Keep in touch and play a part in shaping the ACRNA.

Follow the main events, and make your contribution, in the ACRNA Newsletters.

ASIC and Fair Trading Status


The Australian Control Room Network Association (ACRNA) is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association with the Queensland Department of Justice Office of Fair Trading and an Australian Registered Body with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

It exists to provide and manage a members’ forum to support the control room industry.

ACRNA 2019 Committee

The ACRNA Committee meets monthly.

Geoff McKernan


Russell Ockendon

Secretary, Treasurer
Control Centres Australia

Mark Holmes

Circadian Australia

Lena Kimenkowski

Critical Room Solutions

Steven Riley

Emergency Management Victoria

Ron Whalen

Essential Energy

Ron Combey

Essential Energy

David Ryan


Tim Bell


Brad Collis


Stuart Cariss

AGL Energy

Paul Lewis

Viva Energy

Timothy Pullens


Steven Saunders

Powerlink Queensland

ACRNA 2019 SubCommittees

The ACRNA Committee has formed a number of SubCommittees to distribute the work of the committee.

Administration & Finance (A&FSC)

Russell Ockendon, Mark Holmes


Membership (MSC)

Geoff McKernan, Lena Kimenkowski, Steven Riley


Corporate Membership (CMSC)

Geoff McKernan, Mark Holmes


Development & Resources (D&RSC)

Ron Whalen, David Ryan, Steve Saunders, Stuart Cariss


Website (WSC)

Russell Ockendon, Lena Kimenkowski, Brad Collis


Conference (CSC)

Russell Ockendon, Mark Holmes, Tim Pullens, David Ryan

Platinum Corporate Members

Gold Corporate Members

Silver Corporate Member