Truck Drivers drive heavy trucks, removal vans, tankers and tow trucks to transport bulky goods and liquids.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • manoeuvring vehicles into position for loading and unloading
  • loading and unloading vehicles using lifting and tipping devices
  • observing safety requirements when loading and unloading vehicles
  • making regular quality checks of vehicles to ensure they can be driven safely
  • estimating weights to comply with load limitations and ensuring safe distribution of weight
  • ensuring goods are stowed and securely covered to prevent loss and damage
  • verifying loading documents, checking condition of goods and obtaining certification of deliveries

Job Titles

  • Truck Driver (General)
  • Aircraft Refueller
  • Furniture Removalist
  • Tanker Driver
  • Tow Truck Driver
  • Truck Driver (General)

    Drives a heavy truck, requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport bulky goods. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Cement Mixer Driver, Compactor Driver (Rubbish Collection), Haulpak Driver, Livestock Haulier, Logging Truck Driver, Road Train Driver, Tilt Tray Driver

  • Aircraft Refueller

    Drives a tanker truck filled with aviation fuel to waiting aircraft, attaches a fuel hose to aircraft fuel tank and fills it with fuel. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Ground Crewman Aircraft Support (Army)

  • Furniture Removalist

    Drives a removal van or truck to move household and office furniture and equipment between locations. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Office Mover

  • Tanker Driver

    Drives a tanker truck, requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport bulk liquids. Registration or licensing is required.

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

  • Tow Truck Driver

    Drives a tow truck, requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport broken-down motor vehicles. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Mechanic Recovery (Army)

Fast Facts

  • $1,300 Weekly Pay
  • 209,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 91.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47.6 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 3.6% female Gender Share

The number of Truck Drivers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 209,300 in 2018 to 223,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 127,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 25,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Truck Drivers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Construction; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,300 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56.8%).
  • Gender: 3.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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
2008171200
2009174200
2010165800
2011167400
2012167400
2013180600
2014171500
2015181100
2016190900
2017192900
2018209300
2023223100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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.
EarningsTruck DriversAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13001230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing59.1
Construction8.9
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.6
Wholesale Trade5.9
Other Industries19.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTruck DriversAll Jobs Average
NSW32.231.6
VIC23.826.2
QLD22.019.7
SA7.26.7
WA11.410.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.81.1
ACT0.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTruck DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.25.2
20-244.1-9.99.9
25-3418.6-23.623.6
35-4419.9-21.721.7
45-5428.8-20.820.8
55-5915.0-8.88.8
60-648.4-6.06.0
65 and Over4.6-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTruck DriversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree3.6-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV26.4-18.918.9
Year 1216.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1037.2-17.717.7
Below Year 1012.1-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • 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.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Truck Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    80% Important

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

  2. Public Safety and Security

    75% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    74% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    69% Important

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

  5. Mechanical

    64% Important

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

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    92% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    86% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Getting Information

    85% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    77% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Controlling Machines and Processes

    76% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

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The 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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