The Rail Industry Worker Program (RIW) is a national competency and safety management system for rail workers in the Australian rail industry. It provides a single electronic record of their health, education and competencies as they work across projects, move between employers and operate on different state networks. The RIW Program helps the rail industry meet its fitness for duty and competency obligations under Rail Safety National Law.
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) established the RIW Program in 2012 and has engaged Metro Trains Australia (MTA) to support its delivery.
By using the RIW System, employers can access information on an employee’s or contractor’s fitness for duty, education and competencies in one place, making it easier to minimise risk and protect the health and safety of their workers.
The RIW Program offers many benefits to the local rail industry in Australia: