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RIA Is Delighted to Present First Graduates of Diploma of Rail Operations Management

Management of railway educational and training programs for the benefit of the Australian railway industry is an important role assigned to RIA by its predecessor, the Cooperative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies.

Reduced demand for railway services and challenges experienced by the university sector over the last two years facilitated the need for transfer of rail educational programs from government universities to new educational and training providers.

A collaborative project undertaken by RIA jointly with the Australasian Railway Association in 2012-14, resulted in the development of a new nationally recognised training package of Diploma of Rail Operations Management. Following that, RIA joined efforts with Competency Australia in re-opening and promoting the course in Rail Operations Management.

Today RIA is delighted to present the first graduates who completed the training and were awarded the new Diploma early this year.

Graduate Profiles

Nathan Hines – Sydney Trains

Nathan was the first to graduate with a Diploma of Rail Operations Management with Competency Australia, completing the course in 2015. Nathan is currently employed as a train driver for Sydney Trains, and is a devoted father of three young children.


Sydney Trains Program Director Future Operations Paul Doherty presenting Nathan with his Diploma

On receiving his Diploma, Nathan said:

“I am ecstatic with this result and I cannot thank you and Brett enough for helping me throughout the course.

“I could not of achieved the result without all of your support and tutoring. You made the course enjoyable and it did not feel like just reading notes and answering questions. I have learnt a lot about rail operations and definitely see the value in this course.”


Drew Cassar – BHP Billiton

Since joining the rail industry in the 1990s, Drew has had the opportunity to experience a variety of roles ranging from infrastructure repair and maintenance, Rail Operations roles and employee supervision and development. Drew is currently employed in the Mining industry ensuring safe operation on the BHP Billiton Heavy Haul Iron Ore rail network.

As part of BHP Billiton’s commitment to developing their people and as part of their culture journey Drew sourced the opportunity to study the Diploma of Operations Management through Competency Australia. With the assistance of Kristian Ravn, Gary Crowther and the Train Control Team, Drew completed this training in order to gain the skills to step up to act in the position of Superintendent Train Control.


Manager Logistics Control Kristian Ravn presenting Drew with his Diploma.


Ryan Bulman – Queensland Rail


New Zealand born Ryan Bulman successfully completed the Diploma of Rail Operations Management course in early 2016. Having previously acquired a Certificate IV in Rail Network Control, Ryan undertook the Diploma with Competency Australia for his own interest and self development.

A Network Train Controller for Queensland Rail, Ryan works in the Brisbane urban area. The course further developed his previous experience and training in the areas of rail safety, risk management and operations.

About the course, Ryan said: “The course gave me a holistic view of rail operations and how every discipline of rail applies to operations. It has broadened my view and understanding of Rail Operations.”


Brett Doak – Primary Course Tutor


Brett Doak is Competency Australia’s primary tutor for the Diploma of Rail Operations Management. Brett has close to 40 years experience delivering Workplace Health and Safety, Railway Safety and Railway Operations solutions to the railway industry.

About the course, Brett said: “Working with the wide and very interesting range of students undertaking the Diploma of Rail Operations Management course is a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. Not only does it enable me to assist and support their learning, it also provides me with much satisfaction and achievement when they successfully complete the course and use their learnings to the benefit and development of their own railway careers, and indeed, the betterment of the Australian railway industry. I strongly urge all organisations and individuals involved in the Australian railway industry to encourage and support those individuals who wish to undertake the Diploma of Rail Operations Management course.”

About the Course

TLI50615 Diploma of Rail Operations Management is a 12-month course available through Competency Australia. The course is delivered through distance learning, however requires the students to actively apply skills and knowledge in their workplaces.

Enrolments for the next intake close on the 13 th June, and early bird discounts are available for those enrolling prior to 1 st June.

Contact Competency Australia training@CompetencyAustralia.com.au , +612 4040 9110) for more information.



The Third Generation Australian Research Centre was launched at the World Congress on Rail Research

ACRI Vicki Brown, Executive Director ACRI

David George, CEO, CRC for Rail Innovation

Anna Thomas, GM, Rail Innovation Australia

Rail Innovation Australia, spin-off f rom the first Co operative Research Centre for Railway Engineering and Technologies, or Rail CRC, was pleased to attend the launch of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI), t he third gener a tion Australian research centre established by the railway industry. The role of Rail CRC in facilitating and growing rail res earch in Australia was acknowledged in the presentations made by Honourable John Anderson, Chair of ACRI, at the launch event and an AusRail plenary session. ACRI will continue legacy of the CRC for Rail Innovation that is closing down in June 2014. RIA is looking forward to building cooperation and joint projects with ACRI in the coming year.

On photo ( from the left ): Vikki Brown, Executive Director of ACRI, David George, CEO of CRC for Rail Innovation and Anna Thomas, General Manager of RIA at the ACRI launch event.


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In August this year RIA was the initiator of the educational and training consortium established with the purpose of bidding in education and training tenders called by overseas railways. The consortium included: CQUniversity, UoW and QUT deliver university-level railway programs, RIA and Centre of Excellence in Rail Training specialising in training related to rail safety. RIA suggested Rail Skills Australasia (RSA), a broker of rail training, to lead the consortium. The RSA-led consortium has successfully won a tender for a short-term introductory training for Etihad Railways. This is the first success of the Australian rail education and training providers in the Middle East that should open new opportunities for the consortium in the international market.


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Rail Education – joint booth of RIA and Universities


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