Street Vendors and Related Salespersons sell goods and services on established routes, door-to-door, and at street and market locations.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary. Around one in two workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • collecting goods and transporting them along established routes, to door-to-door areas, and to street and market locations
  • displaying and demonstrating goods, and explaining the qualities of goods to customers
  • informing customers of new goods and services
  • receiving payments from customers and giving change
  • recording transactions on customer receipts and sales records
  • wrapping and packaging goods sold
  • developing lists of prospective customers and calling on them to obtain new business
  • ordering and purchasing goods for sale, and monitoring and maintaining stock levels
  • may attract attention by playing music, singing and calling out goods and services for sale

Job Titles

  • Cash Van Salesperson
  • Door-to-door Salesperson
  • Street Vendor
  • Cash Van Salesperson

    Drives a van or light truck on established routes to sell goods and services.

    Specialisations: Ice-cream Van Vendor, Milk Vendor

  • Door-to-door Salesperson

    Sells goods or services from door-to-door.

    Specialisations: Door-to-door Fundraising Collector, Party Plan Salesperson

  • Street Vendor

    Sells goods or services to customers at a street or market location.

    Specialisations: Market Stall Vendor

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    9,200
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    39.6%
  • Female Share

    60.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    64.2%

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This is a small occupation employing 9200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Street Vendors and Related Salespersons work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Retail Trade; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 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 Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200513900
200611600
200713100
20089100
200910300
201011400
201110200
201212400
20136500
20148200
20159200
20208900

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.
CategoryStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-time64.268.4
Part-time35.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.940.0

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)
Retail Trade35.0
Health Care and Social Assistance21.6
Wholesale Trade10.4
Other Services8.7
Other Industries24.3

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.
StateStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW40.531.8
VIC29.225.5
QLD11.919.8
SA4.86.8
WA9.811.2
TAS2.02.0
NT1.01.1
ACT0.81.8

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 BracketStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.1-5.45.4
20-248.5-9.99.9
25-3425.0-23.423.4
35-4420.7-21.721.7
45-5418.6-21.121.1
55-599.1-8.78.7
60-6412.7-5.95.9
65 and Over2.3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males39.6Males53.6
Females60.4Females46.4

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.
Around one in two workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

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 Street Vendors and Related Salespersons who connect well with others, provide good customer service and have an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Knowledge

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

  1. Sales and Marketing

    80% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    76% Important

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

  3. Education and Training

    53% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  4. Communications and Media

    51% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  5. English Language

    51% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Selling or Influencing Others

    86% Important

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    83% 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. Building Good Relationships

    79% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    75% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    72% Important

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

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