Bus and Coach Drivers drive buses and coaches to transport passengers over established and special routes.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 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

  • stopping at set locations to pick up and set down passengers
  • opening and closing doors before and after passengers board or alight
  • controlling lighting, heating and ventilation on buses
  • collecting fares and giving change and tickets, and monitoring electronic entry
  • advising passengers on destinations
  • maintaining conduct of passengers
  • may use public address systems to provide information and tour commentaries for passengers
  • may assist coach passengers with baggage and accommodation bookings
  • may maintain, service and clean coaches

Job Titles

  • Bus Driver
  • Charter and Tour Bus Driver
  • Passenger Coach Driver
  • Bus Driver

    Drives a bus to transport passengers short distances on scheduled intra-city services over established routes. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Minibus Driver, School Bus Driver

  • Charter and Tour Bus Driver

    Drives a coach to transport passengers on sightseeing, educational and other tours. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Coach Tour Driver

  • Passenger Coach Driver

    Drives a coach to transport passengers long distances on scheduled intercity services over established routes. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,151 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    34,400
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    86.1%
  • Female Share

    13.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    57.2%

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This is a large occupation employing 34,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Little change in the number of jobs 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.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales has a large share of Bus and Coach Drivers.
  • They mainly work in: Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,151 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 57 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
200528400
200632300
200736500
200831300
200931400
201033100
201138200
201237900
201345300
201438500
201534400
202034700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11511230

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.
CategoryBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-time57.268.4
Part-time42.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.240.0

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing84.6
Health Care and Social Assistance5.1
Education and Training4.3
Public Administration and Safety2.0
Other Industries4.0

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.
StateBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW42.331.8
VIC17.725.5
QLD19.019.8
SA6.06.8
WA8.111.2
TAS3.02.0
NT1.21.1
ACT2.71.8

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 BracketBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-346.7-23.423.4
35-4413.8-21.721.7
45-5422.1-21.121.1
55-5920.2-8.78.7
60-6417.3-5.95.9
65 and Over19.8-3.83.8

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.
CategoryBus and Coach DriversCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males86.1Males53.6
Females13.9Females46.4

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 QualificationBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree6.6-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV22.0-18.918.9
Year 1214.9-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1027.3-17.717.7
Below Year 1010.1-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 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 Bus and Coach Drivers who can interact and provide good customer service and are well presented.

Knowledge

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

  1. Transportation

    89% Important

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    78% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    75% Important

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

  4. English Language

    69% Important

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

  5. Psychology

    63% Important

    Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

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Activities

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

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    93% Important

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

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    85% Important

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

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    80% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    80% Important

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

  5. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    76% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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