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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 5,800 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 55.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43.6 hours Average full-time
  • 44.5 years Average age
  • 53.2% female Gender Share

The number of Street Vendors and Related Salespersons fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 5,800 in 2017 to 5,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Street Vendors and Related Salespersons work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Retail Trade; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (55.9%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 53.2% 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
200714100
200810400
200910400
201010900
201111800
201211700
201310400
20146700
201510200
20168900
20175800
20225100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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)
Retail Trade27.2
Health Care and Social Assistance13.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.1
Other Services10.2
Other Industries36.1

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.
StateStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW34.731.6
VIC31.526.2
QLD19.919.7
SA2.46.7
WA8.110.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.61.1
ACT0.41.8

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 BracketStreet Vendors and Related SalespersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.25.2
20-246.9-9.99.9
25-3419.9-23.623.6
35-4423.3-21.721.7
45-5421.1-20.820.8
55-5914.2-8.88.8
60-649.7-6.06.0
65 and Over3.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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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

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 41-9091.00 - Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers.

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

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

  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.

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, 41-9091.00 - Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers.

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