How easy for a train driver to transfer states?

 
  NR1 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Victoria
As the title suggests, I'm wondering how easy it is for train drivers to get jobs in other states. For example a suburban driver in Perth with WA safe Working, wanting to convert to V/line in Victoria.

Do companies see this as a hindrance to employ from interstate?
will they accept and alter training plans to cater for what interchangeable experience they bring, or will they have to restart entirely as a trainee.

It's very difficult to become a driver from off the street in Victoria, so I was considering applying interstate then transferring after obtaining the cert IV and gaining some valuable experience

Thanks in advance

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  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
I dont know the specifics behind it but I do belive I have heard of a handful of people at various companies that have come across from WA at some point to freight operators at Victoria.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
I dont know the specifics behind it but I do belive I have heard of a handful of people at various companies that have come across from WA at some point to freight operators at Victoria.


There are some contradictions in signal aspects between the states.

Green over Red
* Caution in NSW
* Clear in Vic, Anr,, old style home signals in WA

Flashing Yellow
* Next signal at turnout/caution in NSW, Adelaide
* Close Up Caution with no overlap in Qld.

The differences in safeworking systems are too numerous to list here.

Loco controls have uniform multiple unit controls, so probably no practical difference?
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Several drivers from interstate have taken jobs in Victoria in recent years, with some RPL. Many of those became our most “difficult” people, ignoring signals, stations, etc, and were subsequently let go. I worked with one who could certainly drive a train, but couldn’t accept Victorian signalling (“up in Queensland that signal meant something else”); wouldn’t have been such a problem if they had only put the brakes on. Then again, some from South Australia have been fantastic. Still, if Victoria was reluctant to employ more, I could understand it.
  Wiseone Locomotive Fireman

Location: Darwin. NT
Your Cert IV is transferable between states these days. Depending on where you were you might have to do some TLI units to upgrade your Cert IV (passenger to heavy haul or visa versa). Of course you will have to do all your local / company inductions, safeworking class and examination, loco / wagon familurisation, and learn the roads. It is then up to your interview skills and the companies willingness to hire you.

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