Couriers deliver goods, documents, messages, samples, x-rays and test results.

Specialisations: Bicycle Courier, Motorbike Courier, Parcel Contractor, Rural Mail Contractor.

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

Tasks

  • Sorts and sequences items for delivery.
  • Delivers mail, parcels, documents and other items to customers' premises and mailboxes.
  • Receives orders for deliveries from customers.
  • Collects signatures and charges for cash-on-delivery orders.
  • Issues and collects receipts for pick-up and delivery items.
  • Keeps records of items received and delivered.

More about Couriers and Postal Deliverers

All Couriers and Postal Deliverers

  • $1,277 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Couriers

  • 22,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Couriers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 22,600 in 2011 to 22,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Couriers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 13% 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 Warehousing80.6
Health Care and Social Assistance10.6
Retail Trade2.1
Wholesale Trade1.7
Other Industries5.0

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.
StateCouriersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.331.6
VIC25.625.6
QLD18.920.0
SA8.67.0
WA11.010.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.61.0
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 BracketCouriersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-245.1-9.39.3
25-3419.0-22.922.9
35-4418.7-22.022.0
45-5422.6-21.621.6
55-5913.0-9.09.0
60-6411.5-6.06.0
65 and Over9.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationCouriersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.6-21.121.1
Year 1226.6-18.118.1
Year 118.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.3-12.512.5

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

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

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

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 Couriers and Postal Deliverers who are reliable, have good people skills and who can work independently.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    51% Skill level

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

  2. Transportation

    46% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    31% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    28% Skill level

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

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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, 43-5021.00 - Couriers and Messengers.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    94% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Time Pressure

    94% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  5. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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, 43-5021.00 - Couriers and Messengers.

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