Driving Instructors instruct individuals and groups in the theory and application of driving motor vehicles.

Specialisations: Motorcycle Riding Instructor.

You usually need a certificate IV in car driving instruction to work as a Driving Instructor.

Tasks

  • instructing students under actual driving conditions, and explaining and demonstrating the operation of brakes, clutch, gear selection, automatic transmission, signals and lights
  • teaching road traffic regulations
  • teaching road craft and road safety
  • advising students when they are ready to undergo driving examination
  • may advise on and teach advanced driving techniques required for emergency situations
  • may illustrate and explain handling and mechanical operation of motor vehicles and driving techniques using blackboard diagrams and audiovisual aids

All Driving Instructors

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 5,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 38% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Driving Instructors (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 5,200 in 2018 to 5,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Driving Instructors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (38%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (73%).
  • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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
20086700
20094100
20104200
20116700
20125100
20137000
20144900
20154800
20165700
20176300
20185200
20235500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training84.7
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6.6
Public Administration and Safety3.6
Other Services1.6
Other Industries3.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateDriving InstructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.931.6
VIC24.725.6
QLD19.620.0
SA7.07.0
WA12.310.8
TAS1.42.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketDriving InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-240.7-9.39.3
25-348.2-22.922.9
35-4418.5-22.022.0
45-5433.0-21.621.6
55-5916.7-9.09.0
60-6413.6-6.06.0
65 and Over9.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationDriving InstructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree11.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV45.8-21.121.1
Year 1211.0-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below8.9-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate IV in car driving instruction to work as a Driving Instructor.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Driving Instructor.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driving instructors licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • national police check

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

Employers look for Driving Instructors who are professional, provide good customer service and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    77% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and personal service

    69% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English language

    61% Skill level

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

  4. Communications and media

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    93% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  4. Physically close to people

    83% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    81% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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