Baggage Handler

Baggage Handlers and Ground Crew members play an essential role in the Aviation sector, ensuring that aircraft operations run efficiently and smoothly.

Baggage Handlers are responsible for the sorting, loading and unloading of luggage, freight and in-flight refreshments both on and off the aircrafts. They also operate the mobile stairs to allow passengers to board and leave the aircraft.

Baggage handlers may drive trucks, motorised baggage carts and forklifts around the airport road system to transport luggage and freight. They must hold a valid driver’s licence.

Ground Crew members assist passengers with check in and boarding, checking baggage and travel documents, assisting disabled passengers and providing information about flights. They also ensure that security measures are followed.

Both of these roles can involve shiftwork, including weekends, public holidays and nights. The career opportunities within the Aviation sector are many and varied, taking employees across the country or around the world.

Industry facts

  • Most airlines employ both Baggage Handlers and Ground Crew members.
  • Ground Crew members often work to resolve issues, develop and report on service standards and undertake ongoing professional development training.
  • Baggage Handlers and Ground Crew members undertake special training to manage emergency and security situations at airports.
  • With growth in regional aviation stronger than in established capital city routes, there is strong demand for many aviation roles right across the country.

Entry Qualifications

Licence:

  • There is no specific licence requirement however an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) is required to work in this role.

Training Qualification:

  • There is no specific licence requirement however an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) is required to work in this role.

Estimated Salary

$34,000 – $49,000 (Median $41,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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