What are the RIW Matrices and how were they developed?

An RIW Matrix is a table that is used to clearly demonstrate the competencies required to hold a particular role to work in the rail industry. 

The RIW Matrices can be found on the RIW website at https://www.riw.net.au/business-rules/network-operators/ 

The National Rail Industry Worker Matrices Committee (NRIWMC) is continually working to standardise roles across the rail industry nationally. The matrices provide consistency and outline the agreed minimum requirements across participating rail operators and will assist contractors working for multiple employers, operators or across multiple networks. 

The following National Matrices are applicable to the RIW Program:


NOTE: Meeting the requirements for roles within the National Matrices does not automatically allow a cardholder access to the various Networks. It is important to check with the operator to determine the application of the National Matrices to the Network and if there are any other requirements a cardholder needs to meet before they can work on track.

Note: Some Network Operators do have additional matrices for working on their Network. Please refer to https://www.riw.net.au/business-rules/network-operators/ or check with the relevant Network Operator.

For more information please refer to the RIW Knowledge Centre Article How do I use an RIW Matrix or Matrices?

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