Vending Machine Attendants stock and maintain vending and amusement machines and collect money from coin boxes.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

Tasks

  • loading, unloading and transporting stock and equipment
  • replenishing vending machines with stock
  • clearing money from machines, accounting for money collected, and checking monitoring systems
  • keeping stock records, and machine maintenance and repair records
  • may test vending machines' dispensing, coin-handling, electrical, refrigeration, carbonation and ice-making systems
  • may adjust and repair vending machines and replace defective mechanical and electrical parts using hand tools and soldering-irons

Job Titles

  • Vending Machine Attendant
  • Vending Machine Attendant (also called Vending Machine Refiller)

    Specialisations: Poker Machine Attendant

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    6700
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    36.4%
  • Female Share

    63.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    42.7%

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This is a small occupation employing 6,700 workers. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 6,700. Around 6,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria and Queensland have a large share of Vending Machine Attendants.
  • They mainly work in: Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • 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 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076900
20086300
20095200
20105100
20115300
20126100
20135500
20145300
20156000
20163800
20176700
20226700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

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.
CategoryVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs Average
Full-time42.768.4
Part-time57.331.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.440

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)
Accommodation and Food Services73.8
Arts and Recreation Services17.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services3.2
Manufacturing3
Other Industries2.9

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.
StateVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs Average
NSW23.231.8
VIC40.425.5
QLD27.519.8
SA4.86.8
WA011.2
TAS1.42
NT1.51.1
ACT1.31.8

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 BracketVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-2420.6-9.99.9
25-3426-23.423.4
35-4410.7-21.721.7
45-5424-21.121.1
55-596.6-8.78.7
60-649.1-5.95.9
65 and Over3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryVending Machine AttendantsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males36.4Males53.6
Females63.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.

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.

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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 Vending Machine Attendants who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Knowledge

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

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    79% Important

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

  2. English Language

    78% Important

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

  3. Mathematics

    73% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    70% Important

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

  5. Mechanical

    67% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9091.00 - Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    92% Important

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

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    90% Important

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

  3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    90% Important

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

  4. Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

    90% Important

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    89% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9091.00 - Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers.

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