Passenger Coach Drivers drive coaches to transport passengers long distances on scheduled intercity services over established routes.

    You can work as a Passenger Coach 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.
    • May check tickets.
    • Controls lighting, heating and ventilation on buses.
    • Advises passengers on destinations.
    • Maintains conduct of passengers.
    • May use public address systems to provide information and 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

    Passenger Coach Drivers

    • 2,300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 63% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 57 years Average age
    • 8% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Passenger Coach Drivers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,400 in 2011 to 2,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Passenger Coach Drivers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to 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 57 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (85%).
    • Gender: 8% 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 Warehousing92.4
    Administrative and Support Services2.3
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.1
    Mining0.9
    Other Industries3.3

    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.
    StatePassenger Coach DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.431.6
    VIC23.125.6
    QLD29.220.0
    SA4.57.0
    WA6.310.8
    TAS4.12.0
    NT1.41.0
    ACT0.91.9

    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 BracketPassenger Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.4-9.39.3
    25-344.0-22.922.9
    35-4410.7-22.022.0
    45-5426.2-21.621.6
    55-5918.5-9.09.0
    60-6420.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over20.2-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPassenger Coach DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV32.7-21.121.1
    Year 1214.8-18.118.1
    Year 115.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below31.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Passenger Coach 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:

    • 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


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    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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