Tanker Drivers drive tanker trucks requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport bulk liquids.

Specialisations: Milk Tanker Driver, Petrol Tanker Driver, Water Tanker Driver.

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Fills tanker as necessary from main supply tanks or from a series of tanks if collecting milk.
  • Drives vehicle from loading to discharge points.
  • Attaches hosing couplings and operates truck pump to fill or discharge load.
  • Ensures all safety and security procedures are followed.
  • Makes regular checks of the vehicle, holding tank and couplings.
  • Keeps all documentation requirements for specific load type.

All Truck Drivers

  • $1,509 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Tanker Drivers

  • 2,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Tanker Drivers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 2,800 in 2011 to 2,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Tanker Drivers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (68%).
  • Gender: 2% 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 Warehousing50.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services8.8
Manufacturing8.6
Wholesale Trade8.4
Other Industries23.9

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.
StateTanker DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW26.131.6
VIC24.925.6
QLD28.020.0
SA6.87.0
WA10.310.8
TAS2.42.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.21.9

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 BracketTanker DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.1-9.39.3
25-3410.5-22.922.9
35-4420.5-22.022.0
45-5434.4-21.621.6
55-5916.4-9.09.0
60-6411.4-6.06.0
65 and Over5.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationTanker DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV34.0-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 119.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below39.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in driving operations might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • 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 Truck Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and are well presented.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Public Safety and Security

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

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

  5. English Language

    47% Skill level

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

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Demands

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  1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    94% Important

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

  2. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    88% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  3. Time Pressure

    87% Important

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

  4. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

    86% Important

    How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

  5. Telephone

    83% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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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, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

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