Latest Industry Outlook 2021

Find out what the key trends are impacting the skills needs in the Rail industry.


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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: Victoria Kent, Rio Tinto

Deputy Chair: Fiona Love, Australasian Railway Association


Committee members:

Caitlan Ryan, Level Crossing Removal Authority (Victoria)
Brian Appleby, Public Transport Authority – Government of Western Australia
Gary Talbot, Rail, Tram and Bus Union Australia (RTBU)
Jenna Chandler, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
Graham Jackson, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB)
Kay Yates, John Holland
Carol Hedrick, Queensland Rail
Caron Bryan, Pacific National
Pak Ng, Transport NSW


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 Skills Manager - Rail & Transport and Logistics




Email: [email protected]

Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536


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