Track Safety Awareness (RISI)
IMPORTANT: do you know about the Changes to Track Safety Awareness training and assessments of competence in NSW?
What is Track Safety Awareness Training?
Track Safety Awareness is the minimum industry standard for employees and contractors participating in a work activity within the various rail corridors in Australia. Each of the track owners who manage rail traffic movements in Australia have defined the minimum training and health standards for their own employees and for contractors who need to work in the rail corridor.
You need a Track Safety Awareness Card as a minimum requirement to access the rail corridor.
Please note that a Track Safety Awareness card:
- may not be transportable and or recognised when working within another track owner's rail corridor
- is not a Certificate of Competence and normally does not require a re-assessment of competence at the card's expiry date.
Which Track Safety Awareness training do I need?
You need to decide which rail corridor(s) that you will be conducting work activities in. Remember, that an issued Track Safety Awareness card may not be recognised in another track owner's rail corridor.
Please contact The Instruction Company regarding jurisdiction requirements for each Track Safety Awareness card.
RailCorp Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI)
Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) is delivered to contractors working in the defined NSW TfNSW network.
Upon successful completion of the RISI training, the participant will receive a Statement of Attainment from The Instruction Company. The Statement of Attainment does not entitle the holder to enter the TfNSW Rail Network.
The following documentation will need to be handed to the trainer on the day of training:
- Colour Passport Size Photograph
- Completed TfNSW 100 Points of Identification plus a copy of the primary form of evidence used from the ID Points Listing.
- Completed Category 3 Medical Certificate - Completed by a TfNSW Authorised Rail Practitioner.
The Rail Industry Safety Induction Cards are processed by RailCorp. Please allow 10-15 working days after the above information has been received and forwarded to RailCorp for the issue of the RISI Card.
A RISI card and the Statement of Attainment does not entitle the holder to enter the RailCorp Network.
ARTC National Track Safety Awareness Course (largely the interstate network)
The Australian Rail Track Corporation National Track Safety Awareness course is delivered to ARTC employees and contractors who need to conduct work activities within the defined ARTC standard gauge rail network.
Successful completion of the ARTC National Track Safety Awareness course allows you to participate in work activities within the defined ARTC standard gauge rail corridors in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Upon successful completion of the RISI training, the participant will receive a Statement of Attainment from The Instruction Company. The Statement of Attainment does not entitle the holder to enter the ARTC Rail Network until the Rail Safety Worker Card is received.
Changes are occurring for all rail safety workers who will be conducting work activities on the ARTC managed Defined interstate Rail Network.
Participants will need to submit the following information through to the Pegasus System upon completion of the ARTC One Track Safety Awareness training:
- Statement of Attainment
- ARTC Induction Card
- OHS Construction White Card (Copy Card or Certificate)
- Completed Category 3 Medical Certificate - Completed by an ARTC Rail Authorised Practitioner
- Completed 100 Points of Identification - Completed by one of the selected Australia Post Oulets
Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network Track Safety Awareness
The Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network Track Safety Awareness course is delivered to employees and contractors who need to conduct work activities within the defined Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network which is managed by V/Line Passenger (VLP).
The Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network is defined as those rail corridors that are located outside of the Metro managed metropolitan suburban rail network.
Successful completion of the Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network Track Safety Awareness course allows you to participate in work activities in the Victorian Regional Broad Gauge Rail Network.
METRO Track Safety Awareness (Melb metro area)
The METRO Rail Network Track Safety Awareness course is delivered to employees and contractors who need to conduct work activities within the defined metropolitan electrified suburban rail network which is managed by METRO.
Successfully completion of this Metro Rail Network Track Safety Awareness course allows you to participate in work activities within the Metro managed suburban rail network in Melbourne.
When are courses being held and where?
Simply click on the Course Calendar to find out when the next Track Safety Awareness course is being conducted.
You need to look at the name of the Track Manager title on each Track Safety Awareness course in the calendar. It is important to identify which course you need.
- if you need to access the Sydney metropolitan area only - you need a RailCorp RISI card
- if need to access the ARTC network - you need an ARTC National Track Safety Awareness card.
If you are not sure, then contact our Office Staff to obtain full details on all the courses are available and what course best suits your needs.
What is involved to complete the course?
Irrespective of which Track Safety Awareness training course you select, you will be required to complete:
- off job training and an off job assessment which is conducted in a classroom (approximately 5 to 6 hours)
- on job training exercises and an assessment of competence (approximately 1 hour)
Who can conduct the medical examination?
The medical criteria for all Track Safety Awareness/RISI courses is a Category 3 Health Assessment (hearing, vision, mobility) and Drug and Alcohol Screen (breath and urine analysis) from one of the Rail Authorised Health Practitioners.
For any further information regarding the medical, please contact the Office on (02)69241 679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What duration is the Track Safety Awareness current for?
The expiration date for your Track Safety Awareness card is normally the date that the medical expires. There are some variations according to individual track managers.
Please contact The Instruction Company for a description of what is required when the expiry date is due on the card that has been issued to you.
What do I need to bring to the course?
It is imperative that you bring with you the following information/equipment when completing the RISI/Victoria or Metro Courses:
- an approved Orange safety vest (if possible)
- Colour Passport Size Photograph
- Completed Category 3 Medical Certificate
- Completed RailCorp 100 Points of Identification
- appropriate footwear (no open shoes etc)
During the training you will be required to complete on job training exercises and an assessment of competence. You will at no time during this training course be required to stand in a rail corridor.
If you cannot provide any or all of the documentation, then you may still complete the training, however the card will not be issued until you have supplied the required documentation.
What is the cost of the training and how can I pay for it?
The cost of the course is $190.00 (includes 10% GST) per individual. This price includes the training material which includes the issue of the card and a trainee workbook which is yours to keep after course completion.
If you choose to complete the Rail Industry Safety Induction Course (RISI) an additional cost of $77.00 is required. This is the RailCorp fee for issuing RISI cards.
A deposit of $50.00 per participant must be received at our office to secure a booking prior to the course date.
The cost of the course for an organisation with up to ten participants is $1210.00 (includes 10% GST) with a deposit fee of $300.00 applicable prior to the course date.
Note: Bookings are not secured and guaranteed until deposits are fully paid and are strictly non refundable. Payment can be made at the Office by either Money Order Cheque or Credit Card (excluding American Express and Diners) at least 2 working days prior to commencement of the course.
How do I register for a training course?
To confirm your course you need to complete the "TSA Enrolment Form" and fax it back to our office on 02 69243570.
If you are unable to print the form, contact our office to confirm your registration.