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RIW News #38 – Release of new National Matrices





 

 

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A key focus of the National Rail Industry Worker Governance Committee (NRIWGC) is to continually improve the RIW Program through the rationalisation of more roles across the

rail industry nationally.

 

The NRIWGC has recently reviewed all national job role matrices which outline the core minimum requirements accepted by participating networks and organisations. These updates simplify the selection of roles, provides improved descriptions for users, and includes direct links to the RIW Business Rules Centre to ensure evidence requirements associated with competencies and job roles awarded to RIW cardholders are clearly detailed.

 

The following matrices have been updated and are effective from 11 June 2021:

The requirements outlined in the matrices have been agreed by the following rail operators in the NRIWGC:

  • Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)
  • Adelaide Metro Passenger Rail Network (AMPRN) – Keolis Downer
  • Country Regional Network (CRN)
  • Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM)
  • Public Transport Authority WA (PTA WA)
  • Queensland Rail (QR)
  • Transport for NSW (TfNSW)
  • V/Line

The new national matrices are available on the RIW website.

 

Important notes

  • Meeting the requirements for one of the national matrices does not automatically allow a cardholder access to all networks. Some network operators will require cardholders to hold both their network operator job role and a national job role before they will be permitted to conduct work on their network. Employers and/or cardholders must always check with the relevant network operator if there are any other requirements before commencing work on a network.
  • Some roles may require a cardholder to maintain currency. This means a cardholder will need to be reassessed on their knowledge and ability to perform the role in accordance with network specific requirements.

What is a Matrix / Matrices?

 

RIW national matrices are tools that RIW participants can use to help identify the job roles and competencies required to work in the rail industry. To understand how to use the matrices, please refer to the RIW Knowledge Centre article How do I use an RIW matrix or matrices?

 

What changes have been made?

 

The National Operator Roles Matrix lists the roles specific to Rail Operators requirements, and is to be selected for the specific rail operator the cardholder will be working for. It is to be selected along with the relevant national role aligned to the work the person is undertaking. For example QR – Operator is selected with the Rail Labourer National role if this is the work being undertaken by the person.

 

This matrix has been extended to include all network operators participating in the RIW Program.

 

 

 

 

 

The National Trades Matrix lists roles relating to specialised trade qualifications. These roles have been nationally agreed to include the minimum level of required competencies. Some job roles may require additional competencies depending on the Network. 

 

The National Track and Civil Matrix relates to constructing and maintaining track. These roles have been nationally agreed to include the minimum level of required competencies. Some job roles may require additional competencies depending on the Network. 

 

 

 

The National Plant Matrix includes roles relating to plant operation and maintenance. These roles have been nationally agreed to include the minimum level of required competencies. Some job roles may require additional competencies depending on the Network.

 

Four new national roles have been included on the National Plant Matrix:

  • Scraper Operator – National
  • Spreader Operator – National
  • Stabiliser Operator – National
  • Tractor Operator – National

Following thorough consultation with industry subject matter experts, further clarification has been made to the Drilling Rig Operator roles and their state-based licencing requirements.

 

From 31 August 2021, the following national roles will be retired:

  • Drilling Rig Operator – Air – National
  • Drilling Rig Operator – Auger – National
  • Drilling Rig Operator – Core – National
  • Drilling Rig Operator – Rotary Mud – National
  • Drilling Rig Operator – Cable Tool – National

A new matrix for state-based drilling roles has been developed to replace these roles by grouping the relevant state drilling licences applicable to each Drilling Rig Operator Role (available on page 3 of the National Plant Matrix).  These roles are now available for awarding to cardholders in the RIW System, depending on the type of rig operated:

  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Air – National (based on existing role)
  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Auger – National (based on existing role)
  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Cable Tool – National (based on existing role)
  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Core – National (based on existing role)
  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Rotary Mud – National (based on existing role)
  • State-based.Drilling Rig Operator – Sonic Drilling – National (new role)

Employers and cardholders holding these roles will be contacted separately regarding the requirements for these new state-based drilling roles.

 

To find our more about how to manage job roles in the RIW System, please visit the Job Role Management Knowledge Centre, which includes the following helpful articles:

 

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