RAIL

Challenges

  • 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.

Opportunities

  • 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.
Maria Gidis
Maria Gidis
Policy Support Officer