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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Livestock Driver

Livestock Driver

A Livestock Driver transports farm animals (usually sheep, cattle and pigs) between farms, abattoirs and ports. The work can involve long hours on the road, often in rural and remote areas, and can be physically demanding. The ability to drive on unsealed roads with very large loads is essential.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Loading and unloading livestock, while applying best practice methods to avoid injury and undue stress to animals.
  • Performing routine vehicle inspection and maintenance.
  • Maintaining log books and records.

There are many career opportunities available to a Truck Driver, across the Transport and Logistics Industry. As a Livestock Driver, certain licensing requirements apply depending on the type of vehicle driven. You must also be comfortable handling and transporting animals. All truck drivers must have accurate driving skills, good customer service and communication skills and be willing to comply with regulations and legislation and present themselves professionally.

Industry facts

  • There are different licensing requirements for this occupation (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, and Truck Driving is an occupation in skill demand in Australia.
  • Over the five years through 2012/13, total tonnage hauled by road freight is expected to increase to 207 billion tonne-kilometres.

Entry Qualifications


  • Relevant truck licence requirements exist for type of vehicle and product being transported. In addition, regulatory requirements for the Land Transport of Livestock apply to drivers.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Driving Operations

Estimated Salary

$34,000 – $110,000 (Median $60,000) 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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