Rail safety issues and actions

Train driver maintenance of competency assurance

Issue number: RO-2018-002-SI-01
Who it affects: Queensland Rail Citytrain rail traffic drivers
Issue owner: Queensland Rail
Transport function: Rail: Passenger - metropolitan
Background: Investigation Report RO-2018-002
Issue release date: 27 February 2019
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Queensland Rail’s administration of the Maintenance of Competency assessment process provided limited assurance that its Citytrain rail traffic drivers meet relevant competency requirements.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Queensland Rail (QR)
Action status: Released

On 19 October 2018, QR responded to the safety issue by stating it was currently undertaking a multidisciplinary review of its train driver MOC assessment process. It stated that the review would include the ‘content, assessment methods, trainer/assessors and security of training materials’.

On 11 February 2019, QR advised that it had completed a multidisciplinary review of driver training (including the MOC). A working party was convened on 7 January 2019 to identify key initiatives to improve current rail traffic crew training practices, and these new initiatives commenced introduction from late January 2019.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB will continue to monitor the progress of this and any other safety action taken in respect to whether QR can provide assurance that its Citytrain Rail traffic drivers meet relevant competency requirements now and into the future.

Last update 10 January 2020