Charter and Tour Bus Drivers drive coaches to transport passengers on sightseeing, educational and other tours.

Specialisations: Coach Tour Driver.

You can work as a Charter and Tour 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

  • Stops at set locations to pick up and set down passengers.
  • Opens and closes doors before and after passengers board or disembark.
  • Controls lighting, heating and ventilation on buses.
  • Advises passengers on destinations.
  • Maintains conduct of passengers.
  • May use public address systems to provide information and tour commentaries to passengers.
  • May assist coach passengers with baggage and accommodation bookings.
  • May maintain, service and clean coaches.

More about Bus and Coach Drivers

All Bus and Coach Drivers

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

Charter and Tour Bus Drivers

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 56 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Charter and Tour Bus Drivers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 7,000 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Charter and Tour Bus Drivers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Administrative and Support Services; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 56 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (82%).
  • Gender: 10% 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 Warehousing80.3
Administrative and Support Services11.8
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.6
Education and Training0.9
Other Industries5.4

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.
StateCharter and Tour Bus DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.6
VIC21.625.6
QLD23.720.0
SA6.17.0
WA10.510.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.81.0
ACT0.61.9

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 BracketCharter and Tour Bus DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.0-9.39.3
25-345.3-22.922.9
35-4411.4-22.022.0
45-5427.1-21.621.6
55-5917.4-9.09.0
60-6419.1-6.06.0
65 and Over18.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationCharter and Tour Bus DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.0-21.121.1
Year 1219.1-18.118.1
Year 115.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below25.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Charter and Tour 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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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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