Additional requirements for working in rail depend on the nature of the work you are carrying out, as well as the rail operator. 

Some jobs require licences and units of competency, where as for others a more formal assessment must be undertaken.

Rail Safety Law (Section 117) states "A rail transport operator must ensure that each rail safety worker who is to carry out rail safety work in relation to railway operations in respect of which the operator is required to be accredited has the competence to carry out that work".

This means that rail operations need some way of proving that the individuals working on their network have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out the work safely.

Generally, rail operators achieve this by only accepting workers who hold specific qualifications.  Each job has a different set of requirements, which can be quite confusing.  However, many of the rail operators have put together 'matrices' which outline the qualifications and skills required for each job.

In some cases, a formal assessment by an approved external assessor is required by the operator. These include roles such as :

  • Signalling Roles
  • Project Management Roles
  • Engineering Roles.

Competency Australia can perform these assessments.  To find out more, click here or Contact Us

Some roles require individuals to hold units of competence - these are training courses delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to national standards.  Some roles may require multiple units. 

For example, to operate a Hi-Rail on track for ARTC, you must hold the following units of competence :

  • TLIB1028A Maintain and use hand tools
  • TLID1001A Shift materials safely using manual handling methods
  • TLIE1003A Participate in basic workplace communication
  • TLIF1001A Follow occupational health and safety procedures
  • TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies
  • TLIF2062A Apply awareness of safeworking rules and regulations
  • TLIF2080B Safely access the rail corridor
  • CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry
  • TLIU2008A Apply environmental procedures to rail Infrastructure
  • TLIC2059A Propel and operate light on-track equipment
  • Current State Drivers licence
  • TLIC2054A Access rail track to run track vehicle within defined worksite
  • TLIC3045A Operate road/rail vehicle

If you are unsure as to the requirements for your job, there are a number of places you can go for help.  If you Contact Us we will do our best to assist, however as the rail operator requirements are regularly changing, it is best to contact them directly.  There are many rail operators in Australia, we have listed some of the major ones below.

You can contact the rail operator or view their websites :

Rail Operator Website  Email Phone
Australian Rail Track Corporation (02) 4941 9601
13 23 32
Brookfield Rail (08) 9212 2916
DPTI (SA) (08) 8343 2029
John Holland/CRN 1300 661 390
MTM (03) 9610 2400
Pacific National (02) 8484 8000
Public Transport Authority (WA) (08) 9326 2000
Queensland Rail 13 16 17
Sydney Trains (02) 9752 8949
TasRail 1300 827 724
Transport for NSW (02) 9752 8949
VicTrack 1300 8428 7225
Vline 03 9619 5900

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!