Chauffeurs drive limousines, vans or private cars to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a long-term hiring arrangement.

Specialisations: Hire Car Driver, Limousine Driver.

You can work as a Chauffeur 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

  • Picks up passengers at designated locations.
  • Checks passenger destinations and determines most appropriate routes.
  • Transports passengers to desired destinations.
  • Assists passengers with luggage.
  • Controls lighting, heating and ventilation to ensure 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

Chauffeurs

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 54 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Chauffeurs (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,600 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Chauffeurs work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 54 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (74%).
  • Gender: 9% 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 Warehousing79.3
Public Administration and Safety7.0
Health Care and Social Assistance3.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.7
Other Industries7.9

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.
StateChauffeursAll Jobs Average
NSW40.131.6
VIC26.825.6
QLD14.420.0
SA6.17.0
WA8.810.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.31.0
ACT2.81.9

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 BracketChauffeursAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.7-9.39.3
25-349.8-22.922.9
35-4414.4-22.022.0
45-5425.6-21.621.6
55-5915.7-9.09.0
60-6416.2-6.06.0
65 and Over16.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationChauffeursAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree12.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV19.3-21.121.1
Year 1227.1-18.118.1
Year 115.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Chauffeur 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
  • 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

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

  2. Contact With Others

    90% Important

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

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

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

  4. Deal With External Customers

    85% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

  5. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    82% Important

    How often do you 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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