TLI (Rail) Track Protection

Project scope

The Rail IRC proposed this review of the Certificate II and III in Track Protection. The project will address the move away from lookouts, flag, hand, or light signals to automated protection devices or audible warning devices, leading to increased safety and productivity gains for the industry. Rail transport operators are now using these rail qualifications as pathways for participants to progress into more technical job roles as Rail Infrastructure projects continue to increase throughout Australia’s rail networks.

This project will review the Certificate II and III in Track Protection and the associated Skill Sets and Units of Competency, for Rail Track Protection Officer (Level 1 & 2) and Possession Protection Officer (Level 3 & 4). With the federal and state governments investing billions of dollars in rail infrastructure there is an immediate need to incorporate the new technology and automation being used in the industry including automated protection devices. Track protection officers are the first line of safety for all workers working in the dangerous rail corridor environment. Updating safety compliance and regulatory requirements, will enable workers on these projects to meet the safety and regulatory requirements, with a far lower the risk of incident or injury. The skill gaps identified by industry in the qualifications will be addressed to ensure alignment with the specific rail requirements on various networks. Safety and compliance issues associated with rail track protection will also be addressed. This review is critical to assist rail transport operators to deal with the increased reliance on rail infrastructure and track worker safety into the future.

 

View 2020 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 to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.

The Rail IRC will undertake broad consultations with rail industry stakeholders throughout the project’s duration. Additional consultation and engagement will be undertaken on the IRCs behalf with State Training Authorities and other key industry stakeholders, including seeking public feedback and input into development and validation of the material.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

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.

 

Deliverables

The proposal is to:

  • Review two qualifications:
    • TLI21918 Certificate II in Track Protection
    • TLI32715 Certificate III in Track Protection
  • Review 18 Units of Competency
  • Develop one new Unit of Competency
  • Review and update five skill sets:
    • TLISS00103 Accessing the Rail Corridor Skill Set
    • TLISS00105 Blocking Protection Skill Set
    • TLISS00106 Conduct Track Protection Skill Set
    • TLISS00126 Plan Track Possessions Protection Skill Set
    • TLISS00136 Track Occupancy Protection Skill Set

TLISS00136 Track Occupancy Protection.

 

Timeline

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

 

TAC ESTABLISHED

 

The Rail Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.

 

Comprising 12 subject matter experts from Industry, Employer Associations, Union and RTOs, the TAC has been tasked with:

  • Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge regarding Rail Track Protection 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, 5 November 2020.

 

9 SEPTEMBER 2020

INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

 

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

 

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop the Certificate II and III in Track Protection and address the move away from lookouts, flags, hand, or light signals to automated protection devices or audible warning devices.  

 

TAC nominations closed on Friday, 25 September 2020.

 

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

Consultation

 

15 DECEMBER 2020

DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Rail Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project has drafted materials for the Transport and Logistics Training Package and would like your feedback.

 

A new Unit of Competency has been developed to ensure rail track workers have the required skills and knowledge to effectively use automatic track warning systems in order to increase safety and productivity of the industry.

 

The TAC also reviewed and updated two qualifications, nine Skill Sets and associated Units of Competency.

 

Feedback closed Wednesday, 27 January 2021.

 

Quality Assurance

 

7 JUNE 2021

FINAL CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and have been updated to incorporate recent technology advancements and align with applicable regulatory requirements.

 

This project reviewed the Certificate II and III in Track Protection and the associated Skill Sets and Units of Competency, for Rail Track Protection Officer (Level 1 & 2) and Possession Protection Officer (Level 3 & 4).

 

The revised Training Package products address the move away from lookouts, flag, hand, or light signals to automated protection devices or mobile electronic track warning system, leading to increased safety and productivity gains for the industry.

 

A new Unit of Competency “Use mobile electronic track warning system”, has been developed to ensure rail track workers have the required skills and knowledge to effectively use systems in order to increase safety and productivity of the industry.

 

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in June 2021.

 

Validation

 

29 JANUARY 2021

FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL

 

On behalf of the Rail Industry Reference Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee for the Rail Track Protection project has considered all stakeholder feedback and finalised draft Training Package materials, including two updated qualifications, nine Skill Sets and associated Units of Competency.

 

A new Unit of Competency, Use mobile electronic track warning system, has been developed to ensure rail track workers have the required skills and knowledge to effectively use systems in order to increase safety and productivity of the industry.

 

Feedback closed Friday, 12 February 2021.

 

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Submission

 

1 JULY 2021

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC

 

The Rail and Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committees Industry Reference Committees have submitted the Case for Endorsement and draft Training Package materials have been submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration at its meeting on 21 July 2021.

 

This project reviewed the Certificate II and III in Track Protection and the associated Skill Sets and Units of Competency, for Rail Track Protection Officer (Level 1 & 2) and Possession Protection Officer (Level 3 & 4).

 

The revised Training Package products address the move away from lookouts, flag, hand, or light signals to automated protection devices or mobile electronic track warning systems, leading to increased safety and productivity gains for the industry.

 

A new Unit of Competency “Use mobile electronic track warning system“, has been developed to ensure rail track workers have the required skills and knowledge to effectively use systems in order to increase safety and productivity of the industry.

 

VIEW CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT AND ATTACHMENTS

 

If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:

One new and 40 revised qualifications; six new and ten revised Skill Sets; seven new and 88 revised Units of Competency.

 

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

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Ron Horne

Industry Skills Manager - Rail & Transport and Logistics

 

 

 

Email: ron.horne@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 03 9604 7232

Mobile: 0448 166 536