How do I use an RIW Matrix or Matrices?

RIW Matrices can be found on the RIW website at

Matrices are categorised as National or relevant to a Network.  Click on the relevant category on the left hand side.

The Matrices will then be available for download on the right hand side, categorised by subject.  In the example below, the four National Matrices are available (please refer to the RIW Knowledge Centre article What are the RIW Matrices and how were they developed? for more information).


Once the relevant Matrix has been opened, it will look similar to the following:


Step 1

Identify the role to be applied for and to have included on an RIW profile/card. If the role is not listed, choose the closest match or contact the Network Operator or Contractor to determine the correct job role required for site.


Step 2 

Follow the column down for the role selected to determine the competencies required to be compliant. Competencies are marked as either mandatory (M) or optional (O). Once the competencies have been identified which are required for the role, determine which competencies are already possessed and which ones will need to be obtained. For competencies already held, cross check the current qualifications against the role descriptors and currency requirements provided to ensure the qualifications are up to date.

In the example above, a Bricklayer - National will require:

  • Railway Medical Category 3 (Cat 3) Non-safety critical
  • Work safely in the construction industry (white card)
  • Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Safely Access the Rail Corridor


Step 3

For the competencies/qualifications already held, an RIW System User can upload the relevant documentation to the RIW System following the instructions outlined in the RIW Knowledge Centre article How does a company add a new competency to a cardholders profile?. If the cardholder needs to undertake further training to obtain further competencies for the role being applied for, they will need to contact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to find available training options.

RIW Knowledge Centre Article Link:

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