The official National Track Safety Induction (NTSI) launch took place on March 25 with a Rail Safety Conference Dinner at Shed 11 in Docklands attended by some 140 guest.
The Rail Industry, through the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), developed the NTSI course as the first step toward a national approach toward harmonisation and consistency in rail specific training across the industry.
With movement in the Industry over the last 10 years towards a national rail system, it is increasingly common for rail maintenance owners, operators, suppliers and contractors to work across multiple jurisdictions.
Common course materials such as NTSI are designed to make it easier for employees to move and work across jurisdictions and for employers to ensure their staff meets national, agreed training requirements and aid in recognition and transferability of employee’s skills in rail.
The NTSI course materials have been developed to include common training requirements for track safety awareness across Australia (also known as Train Track Safety Awareness (TTSA), Rail Industry Safety Induction (RISI) and Safely Access the Rail Corridor (SARC); incorporating two national units of competency:
- TLIF2080C - Safely access the rail corridor; and
- TLIW2001A - Operate under track protection rules.
Tony Villani, Rail Safety Manager and an integral NTSI committee member, was impressed by the calibre of guests and interest the course generated, “Brad Sullivan from MTM did a brilliant job of speaking on behalf of the committee.
“After his speech he was approached by representatives from Kiwi Rail and TasRail, both expressing interest in supporting the course and training their own staff via the approved RTOs,” said Tony.
The ARA acknowledged and thanked the following members for their time, dedication and generosity in sharing resources to enable the development of the National Track Safety Induction course materials. The collaborative approach demonstrated by both individuals and organisations was greatly appreciated:
- Coleman Rail
- Australian Rail Track Corporation
- Downer Rail
- Department Planning Transport and Infrastructure (SA)
- Genesee & Wyoming
- John Holland
- Lend Lease
- Metro Trains Melbourne
- Public Transport Authority (WA)
- Queensland Rail
- Transport for NSW
The National Track Safety Induction courseware development is supported by The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).