Furniture Removalist

Furniture Removalists move domestic and commercial furniture and equipment between locations, locally or interstate. This may involve driving a removal van or truck. The driving task might be localised to a metropolitan area or include long haul trips with shift work. The role involves packing, labelling and loading items securely and safely. Unloading and unpacking items at the destination usually follows.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining an inventory of items
  • Using equipment such as forklifts, trolleys, or lifting devices
  • Conducting general vehicle inspections

All drivers must have accurate driving skills, good communication skills and be willing to comply with regulations and legislation and present themselves professionally.

A Furniture Removalist will often gain a license to drive a truck, which can then be used in other occupations within the Road Transport sector. Some Furniture Removalists specialise into other roles, including Commercial Removalist, Office Mover and Piano Removalist.

Industry facts

  • Furniture Removalists may work long hours and be away from home for extended periods, especially if they drive interstate. The work can involve lots of lifting.
  • There are different licensing requirements for this occupation if driving is involved (for example, Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination). Workers also need to comply with various regulatory requirements (such as Chain of Responsibility Legislation and Fatigue Management Legislation).
  • More than 100,000 truck drivers are employed nationally.

Entry Qualifications

Licence:

  • Relevant driving licence requirements exist for type of vehicle driven.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II Driving Operations
  • Certificate III in Driving Operations

Estimated Salary

$29,000 – $46,000 per (Median $35,000) 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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