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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Monorail Operator

Monorail Operator

Monorail Operators drive monorails, ensuring that passengers arrive safely and on time. They may also make public announcements, comply with ticketing systems and detect and rectify minor faults in service. There are only a couple of monorails in operation within Australia.

Metropolitan or urban Train Drivers cover various routes providing variety to their working day. This usually involves shift work. Freight Train Drivers also have varied shifts, often working at night. Train Drivers also operate.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Operating communication systems
  • Applying accident-emergency procedures
  • Using customer service skills
  • Stopping at stations to pick up and set down passengers

Monorail Operators may go on to operate heritage or steam trains and trams, light rail and commercial trains. The underlying skill set ensures many career opportunities for existing drivers, and those seeking a career in the Rail sector.

Industry facts

  • The Rail sector employs more than 110,000 people a broad range of occupations, including customer service roles, drivers and technical engineering positions.
  • More than 170 companies operate in the Rail sector across Australia. These include private and public operators, passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Entry Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.


  • AMSA Certificates of Competency apply to this role dependent on vessel type/size.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Rail Driving

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