Understanding the Rail Industry Worker (RIW) Card

What is a RIW Card?

An RIW (Rail Industry Worker) card is a credential that is linked to your RIW profile. It serves as a means to verify and assure Network Operators, Principal Contractors, and other rail contractors that you possess the necessary fitness, qualifications, and competence to work within the rail industry. The RIW card allows you to gain access to a worksite by swiping it, where your RIW profile is instantly checked for compliance against the specific site requirements established by the rail Network Operator or Principal Contractor.

Your RIW profile is required to be managed by an employer who is registered in the RIW System. This employer could be the company you work for or, in the case of a sole trader, yourself. Your RIW profile serves as a repository for your competencies, qualifications, job roles, and rail health (medical) assessments.

You have the option to monitor your RIW profile using myRIW, where you can check the status of your current and expiring competencies, review the status of your rail health assessments, and also access information about your site access history. Furthermore, you can control which companies are authorised to view or manage your profile and access your details through the myRIW platform.

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Why Do I Need a RIW Card?

Obtaining a Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card is essential for several reasons, primarily focusing on safety, compliance, and access within the Australian rail industry. Here are key reasons why you need an RIW card:

  1. Safety Compliance: The rail industry operates within a highly regulated framework to ensure the safety of both workers and the public. Holding an RIW card demonstrates that you have undergone the necessary training and assessments, showcasing your commitment to safety protocols and adherence to industry standards.
  2. Access to Rail Sites: Many rail construction sites and operational areas require individuals to hold a valid RIW card for entry. Without this credential, access to these sites may be restricted, limiting your opportunities within the industry.
  3. Job Requirement: Numerous roles within the rail sector mandate the possession of an RIW card. Whether you are involved in track maintenance, signaling, or any other rail-related job, employers often specify this card as a prerequisite for hiring.
  4. Qualification Verification: The RIW card serves as a centralised repository of an individual's qualifications, competencies, and medical assessments. It provides a quick and standardised way for employers to verify that you possess the necessary skills and certifications for a particular role.
  5. Industry Recognition: Holding an RIW card is a recognised standard within the rail industry. It signifies that you are part of a regulated workforce committed to maintaining high safety standards and professionalism.

In summary, having an RIW card is crucial for ensuring your safety, complying with industry regulations, gaining access to specific work sites, meeting job requirements, and establishing your qualifications within the rail sector. It not only enhances your employability but also contributes to a safer and more efficient rail network.

How Do I Get a RIW Card- A Step-by-Step Guide

Getting your Rail Industry Worker (RIW) card involves a series of structured steps to ensure that you meet the industry's safety and competency standards. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to obtain your RIW card:

1. Identify Your Role:

Determine the specific role you will be undertaking within the rail industry, as different roles may have unique training and competency requirements.

2. Enrol in Relevant Training:

Complete the necessary training courses related to your designated role. Training typically includes safety awareness, specific job competencies, and other industry-specific modules (see below for further information). View Rail Courses here: >> Rail Courses

3. Obtain a Medical Assessment:

Schedule and undergo a medical assessment. The level of medical assessment required may vary depending on your role, with categories ranging from 1 to 3. This ensures you meet the health standards necessary for your position. Learn more here:  >> Rail Workers Safety Medicals

4. Submit Necessary Documentation:

Gather and submit all required documents, including certificates from completed training, proof of identification, and the results of your medical assessment. Ensure that your documentation aligns with industry standards.

5. Apply Online:

Visit the official RIW system website or the website of the relevant accredited service provider. Complete the online application form, providing accurate and up-to-date information. Click here to view the RIW website: >> RIW

6. Await Approval:

Once you've submitted your application, it undergoes a review process. Approval timelines may vary, but you can monitor the progress through the online portal.

7. Receive Your RIW Card:

Upon successful review and approval, you will receive your RIW card. This card serves as a comprehensive credential, showcasing your qualifications, competencies, and adherence to safety standards.


ATS Support For Your RIW Credentials

ATS is here to provide expert support throughout this process. Our team ensures that you navigate each step seamlessly, offering guidance on training requirements, documentation, and the online application process. Count on ATS to streamline your RIW card journey, enhancing your readiness and compliance in the dynamic rail industry.

Embark on your RIW card application with confidence, knowing that a well-structured process, coupled with expert support, awaits you.

Further Information


For individuals intending to work within or in proximity to the Australian rail industry, holding an RIWC is typically a requirement. If you are planning to pursue a career in the rail sector and are seeking an RIWC, we recommend completing the following prerequisites within VICTORIA:

Metro Rail Network corridor:

ARTC/ V/Line Rail Network corridor:

If your work involves the V/Line or ARTC Network, it's essential to have a V/Line and ARTC Induction, and this must be uploaded to your RIWC before commencing work.


  • The RIW card is often required for access to rail construction sites and specific rail roles.
  • It contains essential information about an individual's competencies, qualifications, and medical assessments.
  • Regular updates and renewals are necessary to ensure ongoing compliance with industry standards.


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