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As the Standards development organisation for the rail industry, we know rail. Our courses are recognised and trusted by leading organisations around Australia and our approach is based on years of experience helping our members develop best practice.

RISSB currently provides a range of courses for industry, from Rail Safety Investigation to Safety Critical Communications, all of which can be delivered at either your preferred location or a suitable venue nearby.

For organisations that have 10 or more employees ready to be trained, we can customise our course using the policies and procedures relevant to your organisation’s needs. RISSB will be  resuming its face-to-face courses as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

We will also be offering online, self-paced e-learning modules later this year.

Current Courses

(normally offered face-to-face but currently suspended due to COVID – 19)

Fundamentals of Risk

One of the challenges facing the rail industry today is how to deal with a multitude of operational, systems and track worker safety risks common in today’s rail network. The Fundamentals of Risk course equips course participants with the skills and understanding to identify, analyse, document, measure and manage risks within their own business and the broader rail industry.

Attending the course will enhance your understanding of how to:

  • Document identified risks and apply them in accordance with your own organisation’s relevant policies, procedures, legislation and standards
  • Analyse and document risks in consultation with relevant stakeholders
  • Undertake risk categorisation and determine level of risk
  • Document analysis processes and outcomes
  • Work with numerous risk registration systems
  • Determine appropriate control measures for risks and assess for strengths and weaknesses of such measures
  • Refer risks relevant to whole of organisation or having an impact beyond own work responsibilities and area of operation to others
  • Choose and implement control measures for your own area of operation and/or responsibilities.

Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop

This course provides attendees with an overview of the investigation process, the track structure, and what evidence to look for at a derailment site.

Course content includes:

  • Investigation site
  • Safety
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Theories of derailment
  • Identifying the characteristics of a derailment
  • Track construction maintenance and measurements
  • Rail wheel interface.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the foundation skills required to investigate derailments, including:

  • Knowing how to plan the investigation
  • Knowing how to collect and analyse information
  • Investigation reporting
  • Understanding and preparing rail safety incident reporting.


Rail Safety Investigation

This engaging and interactive training course provides participants with an understanding of the principles, methods, processes and legal requirements for investigating rail safety incidents.

Among other things, this course will cover:

  • Legal requirements to investigate
  • Rail safety investigation principles
  • Investigations processes
  • Evidence collection
  • Evidence analysis
  • Presenting an investigation report.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement for TLIF 5017 – Investigate Rail Safety Incidents.


Safety Critical Communications

The safe operation of Australia’s railways relies on constant clear communication. Even where trains might be driverless, there will still be operational and maintenance staff that must be able to send and receive important messages to prevent incidents or accidents. RISSB’s Safety Critical Communications course will give you the skills and knowledge required to apply effective, accurate and concise safety critical information using a communication system or in person.

Among other things, this course will cover:

  • Communications planning
  • Safety communication modes – verbal and non-verbal
  • Organisational responsibility to safety
  • Safety critical communications protocols
  • Identifying barriers to effective safety critical communications
  • How to communicate in the event of an abnormal event or emergency.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for TLIF0008 – Apply Safety Critical Communications in the Rail Environment.


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Rail Fundamentals

Rail Fundamentals is designed for those who have little knowledge of, or no prior experience in, the Australian rail industry. Course participants will be provided with an introduction to rail terminology and acronyms; the roles of RISSB, ATSB and ONRSR; and a very basic understanding of safeworking rules and regulations in Australia.

This course will cover:

  • PPE Requirements
  • Introduction to National Rules
  • Understanding Track Worker Safety
  • Safety Critical Communications
  • What is a Safety Management Systems (SMS)?
  • An overview of the Office of National Rail Safety Regulation (ONRSR)
  • An overview of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Fitness for Work
  • Understanding risk
  • Australian Standards, regulation, legislation, policies and procedures.

National Track Safety Induction Course (NTSI)

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Statement of attainment for: TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor


For further information about RISSB’s training courses, or to ask about training delivery in your workplace, please email