Bar Usefuls or Bussers clean and maintain public areas in bars, clubs or dining establishments by collecting and returning dishes, cutlery and glasses to the kitchen or bar, wiping tables, bars and spillages, and emptying bins and ashtrays.

Also known as: Bar Back or Glassie.

You can work as a Bar Useful or Busser without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Prepares service areas by cleaning and laying tables.
  • Removes used plates, cutlery and glassware from tables, wipes up bar areas and tables.
  • Empties rubbish containers and ashtrays.
  • Washes up spills or sweeps up broken glass.

All Other Hospitality Workers

  • $1,015 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Bar Usefuls and Bussers

  • 840 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 21 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bar Usefuls and Bussers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 750 in 2011 to 840 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Bar Usefuls and Bussers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (8%, less than the average of 66%), showing 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 21 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (73%).
  • Gender: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
Accommodation and Food Services87.5
Arts and Recreation Services9.1
Other Services0.7
Administrative and Support Services0.6
Other Industries2.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBar Usefuls and BussersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.131.6
VIC17.725.6
QLD26.220.0
SA8.07.0
WA17.010.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.41.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBar Usefuls and BussersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1934.2-5.05.0
20-2439.2-9.39.3
25-3418.8-22.922.9
35-442.6-22.022.0
45-542.6-21.621.6
55-590.9-9.09.0
60-640.8-6.06.0
65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationBar Usefuls and BussersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree12.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.1-21.121.1
Year 1250.5-18.118.1
Year 116.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below11.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Bar Useful or Busser without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • responsible service of alcohol (RSA) certificate
  • responsible service of gambling certificate

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 Tourism, Travel and Hospitality VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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