Automobile Drivers drive motor cars to transport passengers to destinations.

    You can work as an Automobile Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in driving operations might be helpful.

    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

    More about Automobile Drivers

    All Automobile Drivers

    All Automobile Drivers

    • $970 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 58,300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 58% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 48 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 6% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Automobile Drivers (in their main job) 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 2018.
    • Location: Automobile Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $970 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (58%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 6% 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
    200835600
    200939400
    201039600
    201139500
    201240900
    201336800
    201442500
    201544500
    201643100
    201753500
    201858300
    202367800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsAutomobile DriversAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings9701460

    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)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing94.3
    Public Administration and Safety1.0
    Retail Trade0.9
    Other Services0.8
    Other Industries3.0

    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.
    StateAutomobile DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.031.6
    VIC25.225.6
    QLD17.820.0
    SA5.37.0
    WA10.610.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-242.8-9.39.3
    25-3424.3-22.922.9
    35-4419.4-22.022.0
    45-5421.2-21.621.6
    55-5911.3-9.09.0
    60-6410.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationAutomobile DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree18.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.5-21.121.1
    Year 1224.7-18.118.1
    Year 113.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below15.0-12.512.5

    You can work as an Automobile Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in driving operations might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • national police check
    • medical test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    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.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Automobile Drivers who are responsible, provide good customer service and work independently.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      51% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    2. Customer and personal service

      51% Skill level

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

    3. Administration and management

      39% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    4. Psychology

      37% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    5. English language

      36% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      93% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

    2. Contact with people

      90% Important

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

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      89% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Contact with the public

      85% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      82% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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    The skills and 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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