TLI (Rail) Train and Network Control Operations Review

Project scope

Autonomous and remotely operated rail vehicles are not only being used for passenger and freight but also track maintenance vehicles adding to congestion on the network. The closer running times of rail and autonomous/remotely operated rail vehicles now means controllers must manage substantially more rail vehicles in the same area of the network and some without direct human interaction. The addition of autonomous and remotely operated trains onto existing rails network where driver operated trains operate has triggered a demand for new skills for network controllers. The Rail industry has identified that there are a broader range of skills is required for network controllers to control remote and autonomous rail vehicles operating on a rail network.

 

The Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Industry proposed to combine the Certificate IV in Rail Network Control and the Certificate IV in Tram/Light Rail Control qualifications to create a single qualification for network controllers and provide more mobility across rail and light rail sectors. The aim is to provide network controllers skills and knowledge to use new Advanced Train and Management Systems and the ability to control autonomous and remotely operated vehicles, as well as address risks from the shared use of rail networks by autonomous and remotely operated rail vehicles and driver operated trains.

 

Broad consultation will be undertaken with state and territory rail operators and network owners to ensure that a range of network operating models are considered within the qualification outcome.

 

VIEW 2019 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

 

The Rail IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

 

Deliverables

  • Review two qualifications and stream into one qualification
  • Review 21 existing Units of Competency require revision
  • Develop two new Units of Competency
  • Update imported Units of Competency where applicable

 

Timeline

The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.

 

How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you have any questions about this project or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

 

Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee

 

24 JULY 2019

RAIL SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

Work on this project has commenced and the Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

 

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help combine the Certificate IV in Rail Network Control and the Certificate IV in Tram/Light Rail Control qualifications, including updating 21 Units of Competency, to create a single qualification for network controllers and provide greater mobility across rail and light rail/tram sectors.

 

The IRC is looking for TAC members with expertise in any of the following sectors:

  • Rail Network Controllers
  • Tram/Light Rail Network Controllers
  • Network Planners

 

TAC nominations closed on Friday, 9 August 2019.

 

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.

Consultation

 

25 NOVEMBER 2019

DRAFT MATERIALS

 

The TAC has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.

 

Feedback on draft materials closed on Friday, 17 January 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

 

Summary of development

 

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.

 

Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Train and Network Control Operations, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

 

Quality Assurance

 

25 MAY 2020

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.

 

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in June 2020.

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

Consultation

 

29 JANUARY 2020

DRAFT MATERIALS

 

The TAC has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.

 

Feedback on draft materials closed on Friday, 21 February 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

 

Summary of feedback

  • Include more technical skills and remove the antiquated methods/practices
  • Include a railway fundamental unit specific for network control

Endorsement

 

29 OCTOBER 2020

 

The Transport and Logistics Training Package (Release 7.0) has been endorsed for implementation.

 

The approved Transport and Logistics Training Package (Release 7.0) is now available on training.gov.au.

 

The revised Training Package addresses new technologies and skill requirements of Network Control, Passenger Train Guard & Network Fault Support operators.

 

The Certificate IV in Rail Network Control and the Certificate IV in Tram/Light Rail Control qualifications have been amalgamated into a single qualification for network controllers, enabling workforce mobility across rail and light rail sectors. The Certificate III Passenger Train Guard Qualification now caters for train guards operating on either diesel or electric trains.

 

New Skill Sets and two Units of Competency have been created to better equip remote first line responders to quickly remedy conventional network faults and system breakdowns, and to provide remote respondents the skills and knowledge to remedy unconventional network faults and system breakdowns related to rail vehicles.

 

The following materials were approved:

 

Qualifications

TLI30120 Certificate III in Passenger Train Guard

TLI30220 Certificate III in Mechanical Rail Signalling

TLI40120 Certificate IV in Rail Network Control

 

New/Revised Units

New

TLIB0009 Provide first-level rail network wayside technical support remotely
TLIB0010 Provide first-level rail rolling stock technical support remotely
TLIC0007 Assist to stable a train
TLIF0018 Respond to abnormal situations and emergencies when operating as a train guard
TLIL0002 Identify railway fundamentals

Revised

TLIB0008 Prepare passenger train as part of guard duties
TLIC0008 Assist with shunting, coupling and uncoupling electric passenger train
TLIC0009 Perform guard duties as part of passenger train operations
TLIF0017 Implement safeworking rules and regulations for network control activities
TLII0004 Provide assistance to customers

 

 

Approval

 

18 AUGUST 2020

 

The AISC has approved the Transport and Logistics (Rail) Training Package (Release 7.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement at the 12 August 2020 meeting.   This release included the following Rail projects:

    • TLI Rail Passenger Train Guard
    • TLI Rail Network Fault Support
    • TLI Rail Train and Network Control Operations Review

 

Submission

 

2 JULY 2020

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC

 

The draft Training Package materials have been submitted to the AISC.

 

Case for Endorsement

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

 

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Ron Horne

Industry Manager - Transport and Logistics, Rail, Maritime and Water

 

 

 

Email: ron.horne@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536