Bus and Coach Drivers drive buses and coaches to transport passengers over established and special routes.

    You can work as a Bus or Coach 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

    • stopping at set locations to pick up and set down passengers
    • opening and closing doors before and after passengers board or alight
    • controlling lighting, heating and ventilation on buses
    • collecting fares and giving change and tickets, and monitoring electronic entry
    • advising passengers on destinations
    • maintaining conduct of passengers
    • may use public address systems to provide information and tour commentaries for passengers
    • may assist coach passengers with baggage and accommodation bookings
    • may maintain, service and clean coaches

    More about Bus and Coach Drivers

    All Bus and Coach Drivers

    All Bus and Coach Drivers

    • $1,397 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 43,000 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 55 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Bus and Coach Drivers (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 43,000 in 2018 to 44,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 15,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Bus and Coach Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,397 per week (similar to 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 (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 55 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (79%).
    • Gender: 13% 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
    200833300
    200933300
    201031200
    201139400
    201234200
    201342000
    201443500
    201534100
    201638000
    201740700
    201843000
    202344600

    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.
    EarningsBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13971460

    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 Warehousing80.8
    Public Administration and Safety6.4
    Education and Training4.1
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.2
    Other Industries6.5

    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.
    StateBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.031.6
    VIC20.125.6
    QLD20.920.0
    SA6.67.0
    WA11.410.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT1.91.9

    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 BracketBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.5-9.39.3
    25-346.9-22.922.9
    35-4413.5-22.022.0
    45-5425.8-21.621.6
    55-5917.6-9.09.0
    60-6418.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over17.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationBus and Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.1-21.121.1
    Year 1217.2-18.118.1
    Year 116.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below27.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Bus or Coach 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:

    • driver accreditation for passenger vehicles
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • 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


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

    Employers look for Bus and Coach Drivers who can interact and provide good customer service and are well presented.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Transportation

      64% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and personal service

      61% Skill level

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

    3. Public safety and security

      54% Skill level

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

    4. English language

      48% Skill level

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

    5. Psychology

      45% Skill level

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

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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, 53-3021.00 - Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.

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    Demands

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

    1. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      99% Important

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

    2. Physically close to people

      91% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    3. Spend time sitting

      91% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    4. Time pressure

      90% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      90% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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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, 53-3021.00 - Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.

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