Automobile Drivers drive motor cars to transport passengers to destinations.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 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

  • using mobile computer systems and radio networks to log into waiting passenger information
  • picking up passengers at designated locations or when hailed
  • checking passenger destinations and determining most appropriate route
  • transporting passengers to desired destinations
  • assisting passengers with luggage
  • collecting fares and processing fare payments
  • may collect and deliver parcels

Job Titles

  • Chauffeur
  • Taxi Driver
  • Other Automobile Drivers
  • Chauffeur

    Drives a limousine, van or private car to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a long-term hiring arrangement. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Hire Car Driver, Limousine Driver

  • Taxi Driver

    Drives a taxi to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a short-term, metered fare hiring arrangement. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Other Automobile Drivers

    Includes Oversize Load Pilot Escort, Rental Car Ferry Driver. Registration or licensing is required.

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 58,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 66.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44.4 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 4.8% female Gender Share

The number of Automobile Drivers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 58,300 in 2018 to 67,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 28,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Automobile Drivers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (66.1%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4.8% 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 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200835600
200939400
201039600
201139500
201240900
201336800
201442500
201544500
201643100
201753500
201858300
202367800

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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing95.6
Public Administration and Safety1.0
Other Services0.8
Administrative and Support Services0.7
Other Industries1.9

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 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.
StateAutomobile DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW37.331.6
VIC23.526.2
QLD19.819.7
SA5.56.7
WA9.910.8
TAS1.32.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.51.8

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 BracketAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-245.2-9.99.9
25-3427.5-23.623.6
35-4418.8-21.721.7
45-5420.3-20.820.8
55-5914.5-8.88.8
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over7.4-4.04.0

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 QualificationAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree12.1-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV13.7-18.918.9
Year 1233.7-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1011.7-17.717.7
Below Year 109.5-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 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.
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Employers look for Automobile Drivers who are responsible, provide good customer service and work independently.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    76% 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. Public Safety and Security

    69% Important

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

  4. English Language

    62% Important

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

  5. Administration and Management

    55% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

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

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    95% Important

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

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    85% 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. Getting Information

    79% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    76% Important

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

  5. Building Good Relationships

    74% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

Occupational Information Network
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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-3041.00 - Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs.

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