RTIIC is the Rail and Tram Infrastructure Industry Committee.
Following the privatisation of the Victorian train and tram systems in the late 1990s training in the train and tram infrastructure industry was sporadic.
The public transport industry found itself challenged by the consequences of a maturing workforce, an Australia wide skill shortage, a relatively unappealing and un-coordinated approach to development and recruitment of potential new employees particularly apprentices and trainees, an expanding infrastructure combined with a limited range of training providers, venues and materials.
In August 2003 the Victorian industry employers and unions convened a whole of industry sector meeting and established the tri -partite Rail & Tram Infrastructure Industry Committee (RTIIC). RTIIC includes representatives of industry employers, unions, regulators and infrastructure operators/owners and is assisted by the Electrotechnology, Printing, IT and Communications Industry Training Board (EPIC ITB).
RTIIC meets bi-monthly and has significant industry, regulatory and Government support and is currently progressing a range of training and industry reform projects with support from the Victorian train and tram industry regulators, the Department of Transport (DoT) and Energy Safe Victoria.
The transport industry is committed to accredited quality workplace training but recognises that due to safety, operational and contractual requirements, workplace based training cannot always be undertaken on the existing infrastructure systems.