CRC research projects develop valuable knowledge, resources and solutions to problems for the Australasian rail industry.

Here’s how our research is impacting the Australasian rail industry:


Skills Recognition Website

Skills Recognition - another way to reach your goals 

Attracting, retaining and motivating a workforce are constant strategic challenges for rail organisations.

Now, through the recently launched Skills Recognition website, a consolidated national approach has been taken to skills recognition that assists in the challenge of attracting and developing rail talent.

The Skills Recognition website is a CRC for Rail Innovation workforce development project presenting an industry tailored “Rail Skills Recognition Framework’ in an easily accessible, online version for employees, assessors and managers.

The Skills Recognition website provides an up to date, one stop shop of tools, links and information about how to conduct skills recognition safely and legally, all tailored to meet the needs of the rail industry.



Rail Career Pathways Website

Until now the career paths for one of the biggest industries in the world have been a hidden piece in a career puzzle. This is an industry that currently employs over 100,000 people in more than 170 different companies across Australia and New Zealand.

Welcome to the world of Rail!

Rail is more than just train drivers transporting people and freight to their destinations. It is an industry that contributes billions of dollars to the Australasian economy and literally has an A-Z of careers.

Whether you have one career path in mind or want the ability to really design your career, the Rail Career Pathways site will be a key resource for anyone wanting to work in or promote the rail industry.

The CRC for Rail Innovation is launching the Rail Career Pathways website as an free resource for current Australian and New Zealand rail workers looking to change, grow or move their careers as well as workforce and careers professionals to use as a resource tool in attracting and developing talent for the rail industry.

Rail Career Pathways will also be a key career building tool for anyone new to the rail industry with links to further study, industry bodies and current projects.

Rail Career Pathways details career profiles across Engineering, Trades and Technicians, Operations and Corporate Support. Each of these full career descriptions will cover a description of what to expect in the role, the skills and attributes required, working conditions, and training and related career paths for your future.

There is also an A-Z of Rail Careers covering over 150 roles across the rail industry with an accompanying short description.

Visit to find out more about how rail can offer you the career pathways into an industry that continues to change the way we live.


Rail Safety Managment Courses

The application process for the Masters and Graduate Diploma in Rail Safety Management through CQUniversity is now open.

Central Queensland University will be, from July 2012, offering a Masters in Rail Safety Management and a Graduate Diploma in Rail Safety Management. This is a result of CRC Project R2.107 National Rail Safety Management Program.

The Master of Rail Safety Management is a postgraduate degree program that aims to develop a sophisticated set of skills and knowledge that provides the basis for leadership in rail safety management. The graduate diploma is a subset of the Masters program, aiming to develop a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge relating to rail safety management. Courses are run by distance education and provide a balance of online-learning and face-to-face interactions. Following is a list of competencies. Both courses cover all topics, however at the Masters stage, students conduct research projects under the guidance of research staff at the university.

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Fatigue Guidelines for the Rail Industry

Fatigue, and its effect on people, is of great interest to the Rail Industry. To assist with an understanding and management of Fatigue, the CRC for Rail Innovation completed a number of research projects on this this topic.

Following the completion of this research, the content was utilised by the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) to underpin the creation of the first Fatigue Guidelines for the Rail Industry.

“The research undertaken by the CRC for Rail Innovation has made a significant contribution to the creation of the RISSB Fatigue Guidelines. The knowledge acquired by the research team and their specialist skill in the area of Fatigue, allowed us to quickly and confidently create this guideline”. Alex Borodin, Manager, Rollingstock.

To view a copy of this research click here or to view a copy of the RISSB standard please visit