TLI Train and Network Control Operations Review


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 this project to 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 more mobility across rail and light rail sectors. 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.


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.

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

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Klausch Schmidt.

Klausch Schmidt
Industry Manager

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

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