Rail Training Package Update


Rail Training Package Update

Training Package qualifications are developed by combining units of competency which align to job roles, a process known as ‘packaging’. Packaging arrangements in qualifications, known as Packaging Rules, can be applied in a range of ways to enable appropriate flexibility as required by industry, including alignment to Regulatory requirements. ‘Packaging’ requirements in the Aviation, Maritime and Transport & Logistics Training Packages have been reviewed to ensure they meet the needs of industry as part of the work to transition to the standard for training packages.

An example of the application of well-structured Packaging Rules came about when Rail industry stakeholders needed a solution to address the identified skills gap for the role of Rail Safety Investigator. Although rail safety investigations have been undertaken for many years at local and national levels, Rail industry stakeholders identified that there was a need for a consistent national approach to meet the skills requirements of this job role.

Rail transport operators must respond to notifiable occurrences or significant event investigation reports issued by the Rail regulators, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Rail transport operators must have the capability to investigate their own events, not only as required by legislation, but more importantly, as best business practice.

A Steering Committee of key rail stakeholders was formed to develop a solution to industry’s requirements by identifying the skills needs, aligning them with units of competency, and ‘Packaging’ them into a nationally endorsed qualification or Skill Set. The Steering Committee members were comprised of industry subject matter experts who took a bottom-up approach to ‘packaging’ units of competency that were effectively aligned to industry’s needs and the vocational outcomes for a rail safety investigation job role.

The key message from industry was the need to ‘package’ the units to reflect the core requirements of the role in all industry contexts along with the right mix of general elective and imported units to create appropriate flexibility and choice of subject matter.

This ‘bottom-up’ approach resulted in the creation of the Certificate IV in Rail Safety Investigation. The qualification includes flexible packaging rules and utilises a number of units of competency from the following Training Packages:

  • Transport & Logistics Industry Training Package
  • Business Services Training Package
  • Public Service Training Package

TLISC would like to thank all the Steering Committee members who have generously contributed to the consultation process; not only for their time, but also their guidance and advice which has ensured that the vocational outcomes are of the highest standard.   I would also like to thank the rail transport operators for supporting their key staff members participation in these meetings.

Further information on the above project can be found on the rail page of the TLISC website.

If you have any further queries or would like to participate in the consultation process, please contact Ron Horne, Senior Training Package Specialist – Rail  on 03 9604 7232 or

PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON September 15, 2015