How do I get a Rail Industry Worker card?


RIW cards can only be requested by an approved company registered in the RIW System. 

If your current employer is not registered with the RIW System (or if you operate as a sole trader), you can register to become an approved company by following the directions in our article How do I register a company in the RIW System?


Once a new cardholder is created in the RIW System by a company, the cardholder will be emailed a link to set up their myRIW account so they can approve the employment request. They will also need to complete an ID check


Once the ID check is approved (and the cardholder's subscription is paid by the employer), the company can then request the issue of an RIW card. The employer will also be able to manage the cardholder's profile by uploading competencies, job roles, and/or medicals.


For more information about how to operate in the RIW System as a sole trader, please refer to our article How can I become a sole trader in the RIW system?.


NOTE: At present, workers are unable to apply for a Rail Industry Worker card without doing so through a company registered in the RIW System.



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https://support.riw.net.au/support/solutions/articles/51000029877



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Why do I need a Rail Industry Worker card?


The Rail Network Operators participating in the RIW Program require all workers to maintain an RIW card to demonstrate competency to safely undertake rail work on their networks. 


The below operators are member of the RIW program:

  

All work carried out on the above rail networks is managed through the RIW cards and system. 


Where the rail environment interfaces with civil construction, you can also confirm competency and site access requirements with the relevant Network Operator/s or Contractor/s-In-Charge. 

You can also find a list of project sites which mandate RIW cards for workers here.



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https://support.riw.net.au/support/solutions/articles/51000077547


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What are the minimum requirements to use a Rail Industry Worker card?

To use an RIW card, a cardholder must have:

  • A physical or virtual RIW card;
  • A Primary Employer;
  • A current cardholder subscription (paid annually);
  • The necessary competencies and/or medical category level to meet the requirements of the job role being undertaken on site.
  • No current National, Network, or site blocks placed on their profile.


Contact should be made with the Network Operator or Contractor in Charge to determine what job roles and/or competencies are required for site access prior to entry.



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