Automobile Drivers drive motor cars to transport passengers to destinations.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • using mobile computer systems and radio networks to log into waiting passenger information
  • picking up passengers at designated locations or when hailed
  • checking passenger destinations and determining most appropriate route
  • transporting passengers to desired destinations
  • assisting passengers with luggage
  • collecting fares and processing fare payments
  • may collect and deliver parcels

Job Titles

  • Chauffeur
  • Taxi Driver
  • Other Automobile Drivers
  • Chauffeur

    Drives a limousine, van or private car to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a long-term hiring arrangement. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Hire Car Driver, Limousine Driver

  • Taxi Driver

    Drives a taxi to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a short-term, metered fare hiring arrangement. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Other Automobile Drivers

    Includes Oversize Load Pilot Escort, Rental Car Ferry Driver. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    39600
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    94.2%
  • Female Share

    5.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    67.2%

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This is a large occupation employing 39,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Automobile Drivers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.7 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200533900
200634300
200735200
200839900
200939100
201035800
201143500
201237100
201341400
201444100
201539600
202045700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAutomobile DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-time67.268.4
Part-time32.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.740

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing95.5
Retail Trade1.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.6
Wholesale Trade0.5
Other Industries2.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAutomobile DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW33.231.8
VIC32.125.5
QLD17.219.8
SA5.16.8
WA9.411.2
TAS1.62
NT0.91.1
ACT0.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-241.9-9.99.9
25-3423.4-23.423.4
35-4423-21.721.7
45-5422.2-21.121.1
55-5912.8-8.78.7
60-647.2-5.95.9
65 and Over9.5-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAutomobile DriversCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males94.2Males53.6
Females5.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree12.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV13.7-18.918.9
Year 1233.7-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1011.7-17.717.7
Below Year 109.5-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing is required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Automobile Drivers who are responsible, provide good customer service and work independently.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    76% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Transportation

    72% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Public Safety and Security

    69% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. English Language

    62% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Administration and Management

    55% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    95% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    85% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  3. Getting Information

    79% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    76% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    74% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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