Delivery Drivers drive vans and cars to deliver goods.

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

  • determining the destinations of goods and most appropriate delivery routes
  • manoeuvring vehicles into position for loading and unloading
  • assisting with loading to ensure goods are arranged for ease of delivery and safely secured to avoid damage
  • verifying loading documents
  • arranging and performing unloading operations and obtaining certification of deliveries
  • reporting vehicle maintenance needs
  • may receive payments for deliveries and arrange accounts

Job Titles

  • Delivery Driver
  • Delivery Driver (also called Van Driver)

    Specialisations: Fast Food Delivery Driver, Grocery Deliverer, Meals on Wheels Driver, Taxi Truck Driver

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $881 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    46,000
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    89.9%
  • Female Share

    10.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    61.6%

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This is a large occupation employing 46,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Delivery Drivers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Accommodation and Food Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $881 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above 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
200537400
200638400
200737900
200835000
200935900
201041200
201146800
201240900
201341500
201444200
201546000
202054000

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.
EarningsDelivery DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8811230

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.
CategoryDelivery DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-time61.668.4
Part-time38.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.940.0

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing36.4
Accommodation and Food Services16.3
Wholesale Trade15.3
Retail Trade13.6
Other Industries18.4

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.
StateDelivery DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW34.831.8
VIC21.425.5
QLD23.519.8
SA6.66.8
WA9.511.2
TAS1.72.0
NT0.81.1
ACT1.81.8

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 BracketDelivery DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-199.2-5.45.4
20-2415.0-9.99.9
25-3415.6-23.423.4
35-4419.6-21.721.7
45-5419.6-21.121.1
55-5910.2-8.78.7
60-646.9-5.95.9
65 and Over4.0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryDelivery DriversCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males89.9Males53.6
Females10.1Females46.4

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 QualificationDelivery DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree8.3-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.9-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV22.8-18.918.9
Year 1226.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1027.0-17.717.7
Below Year 102.6-8.18.1

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 Delivery Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and can interact well with a variety of people.

Knowledge

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

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    74% 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. Law and Government

    67% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. English Language

    60% Important

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    56% 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. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    84% Important

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

  2. Getting Information

    83% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    77% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    75% Important

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

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    74% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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