TLI Driving Operations

Project scope

The Transport & Logistics IRC proposed project is to continue ongoing industry requests to enhance the professionalism and safety levels of Australian heavy vehicle drivers, combined with technology advancements in this sector are the key drivers of this review. These two specific areas identified have a direct relationship to not only truck driver’s safety, but also other road users and pedestrian safety.


Technological advancements in heavy vehicle design has seen an increase in overall size and capacity, which in turn has a direct impact on the skills required to operate in particular “High Productivity Vehicles”.


A structured vocational pathway is required to progress heavy rigid vehicle drivers of through to the highest-level heavy vehicle multi combination licence category.


Combining the review of all three qualifications will ensure that the professionalisation pathway for new and existing heavy vehicle drivers is reflective of the job role and specific to the heavy vehicle licence classifications.


Without this revision and development, industry will find it increasingly difficult to generate workforce capacity to operate heavy vehicles safely and professionally, with the operation of high productivity vehicles.


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The Transport and Logistics (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’s (TAC) will be formed for this project.



Revise four qualifications:

  • TLI21216 Certificate II in Driving Operations
  • TLI30419 Certificate III in Waste Driving Operations
  • TLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations
  • TLI40119 Certificate IV in Driving Operations

Revise 87 Units of Competency including:

  • Heavy vehicle operations including waste driving
  • Light/passenger operations including light vehicle, courier, taxi and six general common units
  • Dangerous goods

Up to 4 new Units of Competency:

  • Cab technology and telematics (2 units)
  • Alpine vehicle operations (2 units)



The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 June 2021.

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




The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.


Comprising 17 subject matter experts from the Heavy Vehicle Industry, bus operators, waste organisations and RTOs, the TAC has been tasked with:

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding Driving Operations to the review and development of Units of Competency, qualifications and Skill Sets
  • Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
  • Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
  • Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
  • Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
  • Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration.
  • Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority


The TAC held its first meeting on Thursday, 29 October 2020.





Work on this project has commenced and the Transport and Logistics IRC is forming a TAC.


Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop the Certificate II, III and IV in Driving Operations, the Skill Set and the associated Units of Competency to incorporate recent technology advancements and to ensure alignment with applicable licensing and regulatory requirements.


TAC nominations closed on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.


Ron Horne

Industry Skills Manager - Rail & Transport and Logistics





Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536