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

  • $1,151 Weekly Pay
  • 41,100 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 67.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.5 hours Average full-time
  • 56 years Average age
  • 14.0% female Gender Share

The number of Bus and Coach Drivers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 41,100 in 2017 to 41,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a small number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Bus and Coach Drivers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (67.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 56 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (82.3%).
  • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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
200732800
200833400
200933400
201031200
201139400
201234200
201342200
201443800
201534200
201637800
201741100
202241400

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Warehousing88.6
Health Care and Social Assistance3.9
Education and Training1.9
Arts and Recreation Services1.3
Other Industries4.3

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 2017, 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
NSW33.031.6
VIC23.526.2
QLD20.719.7
SA8.66.7
WA8.310.8
TAS2.32.0
NT1.51.1
ACT2.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.1-9.99.9
25-346.7-23.623.6
35-4410.8-21.721.7
45-5427.5-20.820.8
55-5916.4-8.88.8
60-6420.0-6.06.0
65 and Over18.4-4.04.0

Education Level

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/IV22-18.918.9
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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Bus and Coach Drivers who can interact and provide good customer service and are well presented.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-3021.00 - Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.

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