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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Track Patroller

Track Patroller

A Track Patroller plays a very important role in the safe operation of heavy and light railways. They are responsible for inspecting tracks in accordance with a Technical Maintenance Plan. Track Patrollers work in both metropolitan and regional areas, and are employed by both passenger and freight rail services.

This role is most suited to people who are mechanically minded, like physical work and enjoy working in teams.

Track Patrollers may perform and report on scheduled and unscheduled inspections of: track joints, rail wear, spills and pests, sleeper and fastener condition, crossing defects, clearance infringements, ballast defects, earthwork problems and problems with signage. Inspections can be carried out using a road-rail vehicle.

Track workers in general, are particularly in demand by the mining industry, which is expanding its network of tracks. The rail sector continues to grow and has many diverse career opportunities.

Industry facts

  • Demand for rail services is growing. The sector employs more than 110,000 people in a wide range of occupations, disciplines and professions.
  • Track workers are vital to the safe and efficient operation of trains. The work is predominately outdoors and can take place in all weather conditions.
  • Most new jobs within the broader Transport and Logistics Industry over the five years to November 2011 are in Rail Transport (up by 20,200 jobs).

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.


  • Workers need a Safe Working accreditation.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II in Rail Infrastructure
  • Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure

Many rail companies recruit and train staff directly.

Estimated Salary

Average salary $50,960*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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