Bus Drivers drive busses to transport passengers short distances on scheduled intra-city services over established routes.

Specialisations: Minibus Driver, School Bus Driver.

You can work as a Bus 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

  • Checks pre-paid tickets and relevant forms of concession identification.
  • Issues tickets and provides change or discounted tickets based on concession identification provided by passengers.
  • Stops at stations and set locations to pick up and set down passengers.
  • Opens and closes doors before and after passengers board or disembark.
  • Assists passengers with mobility issues to board or exit the bus.
  • Observes signals, road conditions, nearby traffic and prescribed speeds to ensure safety.
  • Monitors indicator gauges and reports on operating irregularities of the vehicle.
  • Checks time and adheres to timetables.
  • May advise passengers on destinations.
  • Maintains conduct of passengers.

All Bus and Coach Drivers

  • $1,397 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Bus Drivers

  • 33,000 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 55 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Bus Drivers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 25,300 in 2011 to 33,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Bus Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
  • 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 43 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 (78%).
  • 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 Warehousing80.0
Public Administration and Safety7.1
Education and Training4.5
Health Care and Social Assistance2.4
Other Industries6.0

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.
StateBus DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW35.331.6
VIC19.925.6
QLD20.120.0
SA6.87.0
WA11.810.8
TAS2.42.0
NT1.61.0
ACT2.01.9

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 BracketBus DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.4-9.39.3
25-347.3-22.922.9
35-4413.9-22.022.0
45-5425.7-21.621.6
55-5917.6-9.09.0
60-6417.7-6.06.0
65 and Over17.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationBus DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV28.0-21.121.1
Year 1217.3-18.118.1
Year 116.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.4-12.512.5

You can work as a Bus 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
  • 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


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.

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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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Demands

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

  1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    99% Important

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

  2. Physical Proximity

    91% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Spend Time Sitting

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

  4. Time Pressure

    90% Important

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

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have 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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