A number of the rail operators have signed up for a system called the "Rail Industry Worker Card".  This system is administered by the Australian Railway Association (ARA).  Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Country Regional Network (CRN), Aurizon and Queenlsand Rail all require contractors to hold the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card.

The Rail Industry Worker (RIW) Card is not a qualification.  It is an identification card, with a photograph and a unique number.  The RIW card holder's information is stored in an online database, where relevant competency information has been uploaded by your company administrator. 

Each person must be assigned a role in the system.  One person can hold many roles.  Each role has a set of requirements, which are outlined in 'matrices'.  Each rail operator has a different set of matrices. 

Although this is advertised as a 'National' system, the majority of rail operators within Australia do not require the RIW card and have not signed up for the system.  Please check with the relevant rail operator to determine their requirements. 

Rail operator requirements change regularly, please check the relevant websites for updated information (links below).



John Holland/CRN


Queensland Rail

More information can be found on the Rail Industry Worker Website

Project Management

Project Management

A number of the rail operators, including MTM and ARTC, require individuals who are managing railway specific projects to be formally assessed. 

Competency Australia is approved to carry out these assessments.  We use our custom-built, standardised assessment tools to ensure that our assessments are valid, reliable, fair and flexible. Please contact us for more information or to request a quotation.

Signalling & Control

Signal Sunset

Due to the level of risk involved in railway signalling, telecommunications and control systems, individuals must go through a rigorous formal assessment prior to performing this work. 

Competency Australia is approved to assess against rail operator standards, and can help you achieve a Statement of Competency (SoC) in your area of expertise. Find Out More


Electrical & ICT Design

Electrical Design

Competency Australia assessors are approved by ARTC to conduct assessments for electrical and ICT designers.  We offer discounts for groups from the same organisation.

Contact us for a quotation or click here to Find Out More



Railway Station

Competency Australia is on Transport for NSW's Safety & Quality Support Resources Panel. 

We conduct Rail Safety Worker assessments for a range of disciplines who work on the railway including architects, civil engineers and structural designers.

Our assessors are experienced rail professionals - we understand the industry and the rail operator requirements. 

If you would like straight forward, compliant, ecomonic Rail Safety Worker assessment - contact us!