Cat 3 Rail medical

Rail Workers Safety Medical - Category 3

Cost: $330


About The Category 3 Rail Medical

Medical assessments are indispensable for individuals working within the Rail Corridor, and they are an obligatory part of the process to secure a Rail Industry Worker card (RIW). These assessments are administered by 'Authorised Health Professionals' and serve as fundamental evaluations of one's capability to function effectively within the rail environment. They encompass core elements such as the ability to be present in the rail corridor, hear and respond to instructions, relocate to a secure location when necessary, and sustain a vigilant awareness of the surroundings.


Around the Track Person Workers: Sometimes called non-safety critical workers, they won't directly affect the safety of the rail network or the public due to their health. These trackside employees are in charge of their own safety and their coworkers' safety. A medical evaluation will determine if a worker can walk in the rail area, work under supervision, and know how to find a safe spot when necessary.

Some roles that require a Cat 3 medical can include;

  • Maintenance Workers
  • Tunnel Workers
  • Specialised Equipment Operators
  • Environmental Monitoring Staff
  • Emergency Response Team Members

Cat 3 Medical Inclusions

A Category 3 Rail Medical will include the following:

  • Hearing (up to 2000 Hz)
  • Vision
  • Mobility
  • The medical also includes a Drug & Alcohol screen (breath and urine analysis).


  • Laverton
  • Your Site

How To Book

Book your Cat 3 Rail Medical by contacting us:

Phone: 1300 772 728

Important Pathology Information

Drug & Alcohol screen (breath and urine analysis).

Any initial non-negative urine drug test results are sent to a NATA-accredited laboratory for mandatory confirmatory GCMS testing.
Additional fee of $95.00 will be charge on top of the Cat3 medical fee

Important Information


  • Photo ID (i.e. driver's licence or passport)
  • Prescription glasses/spectacles (if applicable)
  • Hearing Aids (if applicable)
  • Any prescription medication (if you are currently taking any) including a letter from your GP outlining details of the prescribed medication, including the reason for prescription, medication doses, and treatment plans (i.e. how long is the candidate on the prescribed medication)


Australian Testing Services (ATS) medical team will upload the participant’s certificate to the RIW database.

  • To prevent delay, participants MUST have the correct RIW number or hold a RIW card/number.
  • Delay can occur if you don’t hold a valid RIW card/number

Other Things to Know

Category 3 health assessments expiry:

(At time of commencement)

  • Up to 40 years old: expires on the worker's 40th birthday
  • From age 40: every 5 years

Note: Category 3 cardholders who have had a full health assessment less than 5 years before turning 40 will have their next periodic assessment scheduled 5 years from that date.

Understanding Cat 3 Rail Medicals

What is a Cat 3 Rail Medical?

A Category 3 (Cat 3) Rail Medical is a specialised health assessment designed to evaluate an individual's fitness for specific roles within the rail industry. Categorised as level 3, this medical examination involves a thorough examination of an individual's health and well-being, addressing specific health concerns relevant to their designated roles.

Why are Cat 3 Medicals Needed?

A Category 3 Rail Medical, commonly known as a CAT 3 Medical, serves as an essential evaluation for non-safety critical workers, ensuring that their health and fitness levels do not pose a risk to the rail network. This assessment is specifically tailored to test your capacity to operate safely within the rail corridor. It assesses crucial abilities such as hearing instructions, swiftly moving to a safe location, and maintaining heightened awareness of your surroundings. Focusing primarily on medical conditions that could impact your ability to detect and respond promptly to oncoming trains or warnings, the CAT 3 Medical is imperative in guaranteeing the safety and efficiency of non-safety critical roles within the rail sector.

Who Needs a Cat 1 Rail Medical?

Individuals in non-safety critical roles within the rail industry may need a CAT 3 Rail Medical. This assessment is tailored for those whose responsibilities do not involve direct safety-critical tasks but may have specific health considerations. Examples of roles that typically require a CAT 3 Medical include maintenance workers, tunnel workers, specialised equipment operators, environmental monitoring staff, and emergency response team members. These individuals undergo the CAT 3 assessment to ensure that their health and fitness levels align with the demands of their unique roles, contributing to the overall well-being and efficiency of the rail network.

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