Taxi Drivers drive taxis to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a short-term, metered fare hiring arrangement.

    You can work as a Taxi 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

    • Stops at requested locations to pick up and set down passengers and their baggage.
    • Collects fares and gives change.
    • Controls lighting, heating and ventilation for passenger comfort.
    • Observes prescribed speeds, nearby traffic, travelling conditions and signals to ensure safe arrival of passengers.
    • Ensures passengers arrive at destinations on time.

    More about Automobile Drivers

    All Automobile Drivers

    • $970 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Taxi Drivers

    • 27,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Taxi Drivers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 26,400 in 2011 to 27,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: Taxi Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 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: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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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)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing98.7
    Other Services0.4
    Retail Trade0.2
    Education and Training0.1
    Other Industries0.6

    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.
    StateTaxi DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.331.6
    VIC24.425.6
    QLD18.320.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA9.610.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT1.31.9

    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 BracketTaxi DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.2-9.39.3
    25-3425.7-22.922.9
    35-4419.5-22.022.0
    45-5420.8-21.621.6
    55-5911.2-9.09.0
    60-6410.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTaxi DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree19.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.3-21.121.1
    Year 1225.0-18.118.1
    Year 113.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below14.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Taxi 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.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Taxi Driver.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • taxi driver accreditation
    • english language competency test
    • 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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