Driving Instructors instruct individuals and groups in the theory and application of driving motor vehicles.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • instructing students under actual driving conditions, and explaining and demonstrating the operation of brakes, clutch, gear selection, automatic transmission, signals and lights
  • teaching road traffic regulations
  • teaching road craft and road safety
  • advising students when they are ready to undergo driving examination
  • may advise on and teach advanced driving techniques required for emergency situations
  • may illustrate and explain handling and mechanical operation of motor vehicles and driving techniques using blackboard diagrams and audiovisual aids

Job Titles

  • Driving Instructor
  • Driving Instructor

    Specialisations: Motorcycle Riding Instructor

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    4,600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    85.0%
  • Female Share

    15.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    55.2%

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This is a very small occupation employing 4600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Driving Instructors work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 51 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 8 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below 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
20054900
20064400
20076500
20084100
20094700
20105800
20114700
20127400
20135800
20145300
20154600
20205500

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.
CategoryDriving InstructorsAll Jobs Average
Full-time55.268.4
Part-time44.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.940.0

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)
Education and Training78.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9.6
Public Administration and Safety6.6
Administrative and Support Services3.2
Other Industries2.0

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.
StateDriving InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW39.231.8
VIC9.525.5
QLD28.219.8
SA6.86.8
WA12.711.2
TAS0.52.0
NT0.41.1
ACT2.81.8

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 BracketDriving InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-243.0-9.99.9
25-3413.2-23.423.4
35-448.1-21.721.7
45-5437.8-21.121.1
55-5919.5-8.78.7
60-644.0-5.95.9
65 and Over14.4-3.83.8

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.
CategoryDriving InstructorsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males85.0Males53.6
Females15.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Even with a qualification, experience or on-the-job training is usually needed. Registration or licensing may be 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 Driving Instructors who are professional, provide good customer service and are reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Education and Training

    91% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    90% Important

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

  3. English Language

    78% Important

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

  4. Administration and Management

    66% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    62% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    94% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    91% 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. Coaching and Developing Others

    88% Important

    Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping others to improve.

  4. Guiding, Directing and Motivating Staff

    83% Important

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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