Latest Skills Forecast 2020

The Rail IRC Skills Forecast focuses on the prioritisation of the skills needs of the industry. Skills Forecasts are developed and reviewed annually and submitted on behalf of the IRC to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval.


Latest Projects

The Rail Training Package provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: Rail Infrastructure, Track Protection, Shunting, Rail Track Vehicle Driving, Customer Service, Rail Driving, Rail Track Surfacing, Signalling, Passenger Train Guard, Track Protection, Heritage Locomotive Assistant or Steam Locomotive Fireman, Train Driving, Safety Investigation, Network Control, Safety Management, and Rail Operations Management.


Rail Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

The Rail IRC is made up of industry leaders and experts and acts as a conduit between the Rail industry and the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).


Australia’s rail industry provides mobility to millions of passengers and vital freight services on over 33,000km of railway track across the country. The Rail IRC are responsible for ensuring the TLI (Rail) Transport and Logistics Training Package meets the needs of the industry and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in:

  • Rail Infrastructure
  • Track Protection
  • Shunting
  • Rail Track Vehicle Driving
  • Customer Service
  • Rail Driving
  • Rail Track Surfacing
  • Signaling
  • Passenger Train Guard
  • Track Protection
  • Heritage Locomotive Assistant or Steam Locomotive Fireman
  • Train Driving
  • Safety Investigation
  • Network Control
  • Safety Management
  • Rail Operations Management
  • Mechanical Rail Signalling
  • Terminal Train Driving
  • Rail Yard Coordinator
  • Rail Structures




The Committee

Chair: Carol Hedrick, Queensland Rail

Deputy Chair: Victoria Kent, Rio Tinto


Committee members:

Brad Giddins, Level Crossing Removal Authority (Victoria)
Brian Appleby, Public Transport Authority – Government of Western Australia
Gary Talbot, Rail, Tram and Bus Union Australia (RTBU)
Jocelyn Edwards, Transport for NSW
Robert Wilson, Australasian Railway Association
Laurell McLean, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Mike Aviet, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB)
Phil Christie, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, SA


Carol Hedrick

Rail Industry Reference Committee Chair


Carol Hedrick is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Team Leader at Queensland Rail. With her team, she manages the governance framework for the enterprise RTO and undertakes assurance and compliance activities across nationally accredited training for rail safety workers and other employees. Carol also works within Queensland Rail to educate, influence and help determine appropriate AQF pathways for employees, working with trainers and assessors to improve outcomes.


Carol is living proof of the success of the VET system, after starting her working life doing a Legal Secretary traineeship and completing Certificates IV in Training & Assessment, Project Management, Frontline Management and a Diploma in Organisational Change Management.


Carol brings a wealth of diverse experience to the work of the Rail IRC and is a passionate advocate for Vocational Educational and Training.



Ron Horne

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





Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536


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