Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides users of this website with instructions to address common concerns that may be encountered. If, after checking this list, you still cannot resolve the issue, feel free to contact us.

Questions about this website

Once I complete all the lessons and quizzes within a course, does that mean I've completed the competency unit (TLIF2010 and/or TLIF3063)?
WorkSafe is not a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and completing the activities on the website does not result in a statement of attainment from WorkSafe. However, RTOs may use this website to form part of their assessment process for students enrolled in TLIF2010 and/or TLIF3063. This website is designed to be a comprehensive resource but the onus of formal recognition of attainment is upon the Registered Training Organisation using this resource.
I have been told that I must have the on-line fatigue management certificate of completion to be able to start my job as a commercial driver or a supervisor of a commercial driver. Is this course mandatory? What are my options?
WorkSafe online fatigue management training is a shared initiative between WorkSafe WA, Main Roads WA and Department of Transport. The online training is a free-to-use educational resources provided by WorkSafe WA designed to help the users to understand the impact of fatigue and the strategies to prevent it. Main Roads WA recommends WorkSafe online fatigue management training as the minimum requirement to become a heavy vehicle accredited operator (see: Fatigue Management Module Standards 2016, page 8). Therefore, the WorkSafe online fatigue management training course is recommended but not mandatory. Alternatively, some Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) provide fatigue management training in on-line or/and face-to-face formats. Please note that the RTOs charge fees for fatigue management training. . 

Questions about driver fatigue management

As a transport operator, what do I have to do?
A number of things, including:
  • develop a fatigue management plan;
  • provide training for all of your drivers; and
  • make sure all your drivers are certified as medically fit to drive a commercial vehicle.
What is work time?
  • Driving a commercial vehicle.
  • Carrying out work incidental to the driving – loading / unloading / refuelling / paperwork / mechanical repairs or maintenance etc.
  • Time spent operating plant that is integrated with the commercial vehicle, for example a crane.
  • Time spent operating plant that has been transported on the commercial vehicle, for example a bobcat.
  • A break from driving or incidental work lasting less than 30 minutes.
How much time off must a solo driver have each day?
At least 7 consecutive hours of non-work time in any 24-hour period. A commercial vehicle driver must have 27 hours of non-work time in any 72-hour period.
What is the longest time a solo driver can have between 7 hour breaks?
17 hours elapsed time – irrespective of whether the driver works for that whole period.
Example: A commercial vehicle driver may work for 10 hours and then the vehicle breaks down for 4 hours and the driver climbs in to the bunk and rests. When the driver recommences work he is only allowed to work for an additional 3 hours before the maximum of 17 hours has elapsed.
Does the day always start and finish at midnight?
No. It is a rolling clock, which starts when the driver starts work.
When does a driver's work day actually start?
When he or she starts working, not when the driving starts.
Example: A driver will carry out a pre-start check and maybe fuel the vehicle before starting driving the vehicle. Work time starts when the commercial vehicle driver does the pre-start check, not when the driving commences.
Must a driver have breaks throughout the day?
Yes. For every 5 hours of work time a commercial vehicle driver must have 20 minutes breaks from driving.
What is a 'break' from driving?
  • It is a break from the physical task of driving of between 10 and 20 minutes.
  • A break is still considered paid work, as a driver can attend to non-driving work tasks.
  • The driver can be loading / unloading / refuelling / completing paperwork / checking the load restraints etc.
Last modified: Thursday, 18 April 2019, 4:54 PM