Tram Drivers drive trams to transport passengers on urban light rail networks.

    You can work as a Tram Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    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

    Tram Drivers

    • 1,300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 18% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Tram Drivers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,200 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Tram Drivers work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (75%).
    • Gender: 18% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Warehousing96.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.1
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services0.4
    Administrative and Support Services0.4
    Other Industries0.4

    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.
    StateTram DriversAll Jobs Average
    NSW3.631.6
    VIC87.725.6
    QLD2.620.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA0.310.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketTram DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.8-9.39.3
    25-347.9-22.922.9
    35-4416.6-22.022.0
    45-5432.0-21.621.6
    55-5917.6-9.09.0
    60-6413.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over11.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTram DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.3-21.121.1
    Year 1228.2-18.118.1
    Year 119.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Tram Driver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with the Australasian Railway Association may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with vulnerable people and 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.

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    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. Customer and Personal Service

      71% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Transportation

      64% Skill level

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

    3. Public Safety and Security

      60% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      47% Skill level

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

    5. Education and Training

      43% Skill level

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

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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. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Contact With Others

      90% Important

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

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People

      88% Important

      How often do you deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people?

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