Vending Machine Attendants stock and maintain vending and amusement machines and collect money from coin boxes.

Also known as: Vending Machine Refiller.

Specialisations: Poker Machine Attendant.

You can work as a Vending Machine Attendant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in electrical machine repair might be helpful.

Tasks

  • loading, unloading and transporting stock and equipment
  • replenishing vending machines with stock
  • clearing money from machines, accounting for money collected, and checking monitoring systems
  • keeping stock records, and machine maintenance and repair records
  • may test vending machines' dispensing, coin-handling, electrical, refrigeration, carbonation and ice-making systems
  • may adjust and repair vending machines and replace defective mechanical and electrical parts using hand tools and soldering-irons

All Vending Machine Attendants

  • $1,164 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 7,600 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 39% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 64% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Vending Machine Attendants (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 7,600 in 2018 to 7,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Vending Machine Attendants work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Accommodation and Food Services; Arts and Recreation Services; and Retail Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,164 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (39%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 64% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20086300
20095200
20105100
20115300
20126100
20135800
20145300
20155800
20163800
20177300
20187600
20237300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11641460

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)
Accommodation and Food Services72.3
Arts and Recreation Services15.5
Retail Trade6.5
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.7
Other Industries4.0

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.
StateVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC41.125.6
QLD17.220.0
SA6.77.0
WA2.810.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.71.0
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 BracketVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.05.0
20-2417.5-9.39.3
25-3423.3-22.922.9
35-4417.2-22.022.0
45-5418.3-21.621.6
55-598.8-9.09.0
60-646.4-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationVending Machine AttendantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV18.1-21.121.1
Year 1232.3-18.118.1
Year 119.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.9-12.512.5

You can work as a Vending Machine Attendant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in electrical machine repair might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
  • drug and alcohol test

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.

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Employers look for Vending Machine Attendants who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    45% Skill level

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

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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, 49-9091.00 - Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    97% Important

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

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

    94% Important

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

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    93% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Indoors, Not Heat Controlled

    91% Important

    How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

  5. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    88% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9091.00 - Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers.

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