Downer’s 2019 Year in Review

It’s been another big year for Downer. The services we’ve delivered during 2019 have made millions of people’s lives better and easier every day. As we look back on 2019, that’s something everyone at Downer can be proud of. 

Here’s a look at some of Downer’s highlights and achievements over the past 12 months.


10 January

Downer’s partnership with Rio Tinto continues to grow when we are awarded the preferred supplier role for a five-year rail renewal services contract. 

6 February

The NSW Government orders 17 more Waratah Series 2 trains as part of the Sydney Growth Trains project. When they are delivered, there will be 119 Waratah trains providing world-leading passenger train services for Sydney commuters.

18 February

Downer delivers the Newcastle Light Rail. Light rail is a key element of Newcastle’s integrated public transport system – also including buses and ferries – which is operated by our Keolis Downer Joint Venture. 

29 March

Spotless announces we will establish four new Centres of Excellence to assist with growth in key markets such as Health and Education, Justice and Critical Infrastructure. The Centres of Excellence will be for Cleaning, Security, Hospitality and Asset Lifecycle & Engineering Services, and will facilitate a distinctive Spotless way of working and delivering for our customers.

18 April

Our New Zealand team and their partners in the Link Alliance win the lucrative Auckland City Rail Link’s C3 alliance contract – the largest package of work in what is the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in New Zealand. Downer is also preferred supplier to maintain three stations as part of the project for up to 30 years. These contracts are expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue for Downer. 

24 May

Queensland Rail awards Downer two five-year contracts to conduct overhauls on key interurban and suburban rail fleets at our Maryborough Service Delivery Centre. 

29 May

We celebrate National Reconciliation Week by launching our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which builds on the Reflect RAP that we introduced in 2016.

18 July

Downer joins forces with one of the world’s most iconic sporting teams to form a ground-breaking partnership. Our sponsorship deal with New Zealand Rugby for the 2019/2020 seasons sees us partnering with the Black Ferns and Black Ferns Sevens women’s teams and Māori All Blacks, becoming the first partner to support all three sides.

23 July

AusNet Services selects Downer to provide operational and maintenance services on their electricity distribution network in Victoria. The five-year contract is worth approximately $600 million, and expands Downer’s services from the current work delivered in AusNet Services’ Central region to include the remainder of their electricity distribution network in Victoria’s Northern and Eastern regions.

13 August

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits our Rosehill asphalt site to learn more about Downer’s sustainable pavement solutions. “It’s great to be here at the Downer site, which is doing something absolutely amazing about Australia’s future,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

1 October

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) awards Downer a two-year contract, valued at approximately $200 million, to provide mining and related services at the Goonyella Riverside coal mine in Central Queensland.

18-19 October

Downer is naming rights sponsor of the 2019 Rugby League World Cup 9s at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium. 

25 November

Downer and our partners in the NEWest Alliance are selected as preferred contractor to deliver the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie – Cockburn Link, part of Perth’s METRONET program. 

12 December

Downer is awarded a five-year contract, valued at approximately $520 million, to plan, design and deliver water and wastewater infrastructure for Logan City Council. The contract has provisions for two extensions of two years each. In total, the nine-year term would be valued up to $1 billion.