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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Bus Driver

Bus Driver

Bus and Coach Drivers transport passengers to and from established and special routes and on chartered journeys or tours. Specialities include Charter and Tour Bus Driver and Passenger Coach Driver. They must have accurate driving skills, be courteous, responsible and helpful when dealing with the public.

A Bus Driver has many responsibilities and they may include:

  • Stop at designated locations to pick up or set down passengers
  • Adhere to set bus timetables
  • Collect bus fare money, give change and issue tickets to passengers
  • Inform passengers on destination information.

Industry facts

  • Bus Drivers are employed in the public sector by government transport authorities and by private bus, charter and coach services.
  • The Australian bus/coach sector carries more than 1.5 billion passengers over a distance of 18 billion kilometres annually.
  • The sector employs more than 40,000 people in bus and coach operations, manufacturers and suppliers.
  • A Bus Driver might be localised to metropolitan areas, or cover long distance services. The job can include shift work.

Entry Qualifications


    • Bus Drivers must hold an open Driver’s Licence relevant to the type of vehicle they will drive. Generally, this is Light Rigid (LR), Medium Rigid (MR) or Heavy Rigid (HR) licence (requirements vary according to State Transport Authorities).

Employees need to pass a medical examination that includes eyesight tests.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Driving Operations

Estimated Salary

$23,000 – $62,000 (Median $40,000) depending on type of licence and organisation*.
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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