- Projected increases in the freight task will increase the demand for Train Drivers.
- Significant investment is required over the next 2-3 years to attract, retain and upskill Train Drivers. Retention of skilled drivers can be a challenge during periods of higher demand, with organisations losing skilled staff to other companies and industries.
- There is a shortage of registered training organisations that can provide nationally recognised qualifications for engineering and signalling.
- Remuneration for training and assessment roles can be significantly lower than for operations roles and may be affecting the recruitment of technical experts into training roles.
- Reliance on labour hire can mask less obvious skill shortages during times of commercial downturn.
- The increased freight task and positive forecasts for agricultural products will continue to strengthen demand for certain occupations.
- Collaborative approaches to analytical and problem solving skills around systems and available data are needed to increase the efficiency between passenger and freight transport on rail networks.
- Provision of mentoring and leadership training to skilled operators with comprehensive technical knowledge will enable them to help develop younger workers and assist employers with retention.
- Female participation rates can be targeted to increase the available labour pool.
- As automated technology evolves there will be demand for higher-level skills.