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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Forklift Driver

Fork Lift Driver

Forklift Drivers can work in a wide variety of workplaces, including warehouses, factories, depots, ports and shopping complexes. They operate forklifts to move, stack and unstack heavy pallets of goods, crates, boxes and containers. This role is suitable for people that enjoy practical and manual activity, and are safety conscious.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Loading transport vehicles, making sure goods are loaded correctly and securely.
  • Servicing and performing minor repairs to the machine and must keep a record of daily operations.

Forklift Drivers are in demand across a number of Transport and Logistics sectors, and indeed throughout the Australian workforce. This means there are many opportunities to explore different career paths. In fact, this role is often the entry point to an interesting and challenging career pathway. For example, within a warehousing environment a Forklift Driver could move into a Storeperson role, and then onto managing a warehouse.

Industry facts

  • Forklift Drivers work both indoors and outdoors and might be required to work shifts as many warehouses are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Forklift Drivers have a high proportion of full-time jobs.
  • The growth in the number of warehouses primarily associated with an increase in online sales means that more Forklift Drivers are required.

Entry Qualifications


  • All Forklift Drivers must have a Forklift Licence. Workers must be 18 years or older to obtain their Forklift Licence.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations
  • Certificate III in Warehousing Operations

Estimated Salary

$31,000 – $49,000 (Median $39,000)
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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