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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Tow Truck Driver

Tow Truck Driver

A Tow Truck Driver operates a tow truck to transport broken-down or crashed motor vehicles from the roadway. Working hours vary, with call outs at all hours of the day and night and in all types of weather.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maneuvering vehicles into position for loading and unloading, including the use of lifting and tipping devices.
  • Estimating weights to comply with load limitations and ensuring safe distribution of weight.
  • Ensuring goods are stowed and securely covered to prevent loss and damage.
  • Complying with company policies and operational procedures.

There are many career opportunities available to a Truck Driver, across the Transport and Logistics Industry. A Tow Truck Driver might work as an owner driver or as a company employee. All 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

  • Tow Truck Drivers require police clearance.
  • Licensing requirements vary depending on the type of vehicle driven (for example, Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid or Heavy Combination). Workers may also need to comply with various regulatory requirements (such as Chain of Responsibility Legislation and Fatigue Management Legislation).
  • The Road Transport Sector is experiencing continued growth. More than 100,000 truck drivers are employed nationally, and Truck Driving is an occupation in skill demand in Australia.

Entry Qualifications


  • Relevant licence requirements exist for type of vehicle and product being transported.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate II in Driving Operations
  • Certificate III in Driving Operations

Estimated Salary

$31,000 – $40,000 (Median $31,000) 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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