Delivery Drivers drive vans and cars to deliver goods.

Also known as: Van Driver.

Specialisations: Fast Food Delivery Driver, Grocery Deliverer, Meals on Wheels Driver, Taxi Truck Driver.

You can work as a Delivery Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • determining the destinations of goods and most appropriate delivery routes
  • manoeuvring vehicles into position for loading and unloading
  • assisting with loading to ensure goods are arranged for ease of delivery and safely secured to avoid damage
  • verifying loading documents
  • arranging and performing unloading operations and obtaining certification of deliveries
  • reporting vehicle maintenance needs
  • may receive payments for deliveries and arrange accounts

All Delivery Drivers

  • $1,010 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 56,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Delivery Drivers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 56,200 in 2018 to 61,600 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 33,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 6,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Delivery Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Accommodation and Food Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,010 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
  • Gender: 10% 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
200834200
200933600
201039100
201147000
201241200
201346500
201440600
201548000
201648800
201745900
201856200
202361600

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.
EarningsDelivery DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10101460

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 Warehousing34.8
Accommodation and Food Services22.4
Wholesale Trade12.8
Retail Trade12.2
Other Industries17.8

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.
StateDelivery DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW32.831.6
VIC24.525.6
QLD21.120.0
SA7.17.0
WA10.310.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.71.0
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 BracketDelivery DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-199.2-5.05.0
20-2414.7-9.39.3
25-3419.5-22.922.9
35-4416.1-22.022.0
45-5418.9-21.621.6
55-599.2-9.09.0
60-647.4-6.06.0
65 and Over5.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationDelivery DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.7-21.121.1
Year 1231.1-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below23.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Delivery Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • national police check
  • 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.

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

Employers look for Delivery Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and can interact well with a variety of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Transportation

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    39% Skill level

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

  4. Law and government

    38% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. English language

    37% Skill level

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

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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, 53-3033.00 - Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

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. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    92% Important

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

  3. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    84% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Frequent decision making

    82% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-3033.00 - Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers.

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