Train Drivers drive trains to transport passengers and freight on railways.

Also known as: Locomotive Driver.

Specialisations: Electric Train Driver, Fireperson (Railway), Locomotive Observer, Rail Car Driver, Steam Train Driver.

You can work as a Train Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in train driving might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Stops at stations and set locations to pick up and set down passengers and freight.
  • Opens and closes doors before and after passengers board or disembark.
  • Observes signals, track conditions, nearby traffic and prescribed speeds to ensure safety.
  • Monitors indicator gauges, changes controls and power supply poles and reports operating irregularities.
  • Checks time and adherence to timetables.
  • May advise passengers on destinations.

More about Train and Tram Drivers

All Train and Tram Drivers

  • $2,304 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Train Drivers

  • 10,000 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Train Drivers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 10,000 in 2011 to 10,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Many Train Drivers work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Mining; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much 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 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
  • 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 Warehousing74.6
Mining10.3
Manufacturing6.1
Financial and Insurance Services4.7
Other Industries4.3

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.
StateTrain DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW33.431.6
VIC16.025.6
QLD29.920.0
SA5.77.0
WA14.110.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketTrain DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-241.8-9.39.3
25-3415.0-22.922.9
35-4421.9-22.022.0
45-5432.2-21.621.6
55-5917.0-9.09.0
60-648.5-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationTrain DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV42.7-21.121.1
Year 1216.3-18.118.1
Year 116.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below22.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Train Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in train driving might be helpful.

Membership with the Australasian Railway Association may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • the relevant state's System of Safeworking course
  • forklift licence
  • driver's licence
  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • 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 Train and Tram Drivers who can interact with customers, provide good customer service and are well presented.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    55% Skill level

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

  3. English Language

    49% Skill level

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

  4. Education and Training

    47% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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  1. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    97% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    97% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

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

  4. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    96% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

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