Freight Handler

A Freight Handler is responsible for loading and unloading goods from trucks, containers and trains, ships, planes and storage facilities. The job can be physically demanding and involve shift work.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the stability of a load or cargo, regardless of the method of transport.
  • Transferring loads using moving equipment and directing operations using communication systems
  • Guiding truck drivers into loading bays and through confined spaces
  • performing administrative functions to record and check cargo on arrival, storage and despatch.

There are different types of roles that might be referred to as a Freight Handler. These include Truck Driver’s Offsider, Waterside Worker and even Baggage Handler. With the freight task in Australia increasing, there are many job opportunities at ports, with transport and logistics companies, or in the rail sector. With training and experience the career pathway could lead to supervisory positions.

Industry facts

  • Over the five years to 2012/13, total tonnage hauled by road freight is expected to increase by an annualised 2.6% to 207 billion tonne-kilometres.
  • Australia Post has recorded increased volumes of parcel traffic directly linked to the growth in online shopping.
  • Container throughput at Australia’s five largest container ports increased by 2.8% and 7.1% in the March and June quarters of 2011, as compared with the same period of 2010.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II in Road Transport Yard Operations (Freight Handler)

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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