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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Train Driver

Train Driver

A Train Driver may operate a train to transport passengers or freight on suburban, rural/regional and long distance routes.

Metropolitan or urban Train Drivers cover various routes providing variety to their working day. This usually involves shift work. Freight Train Drivers also have varied shifts, often working at night. Train Drivers also operate heritage or steam trains and trams or light rail.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Operating the train’s controls
  • Observing and obeying rail signals and speed limits
  • Stopping at stations to pick up and set down passengers and freight
  • Maintenance and emergency repair work.

With a significant growth in passenger and freight services, including an increase in private railways (particularly in response to the resource and mining boom), there is an ongoing need for Train Drivers across the country. This provides many career opportunities for existing drivers, and those seeking a career in the Rail sector.

Industry facts

  • The Rail sector requires skilled operating staff across a broad range of occupations, including customer service roles and technical engineering positions.
  • The Rail sector employs more than 110,000 people in a wide range of occupations, disciplines and professions.
  • More than 170 companies operate in the Rail sector across Australia. These include private and public operators, passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers and suppliers.

Entry Qualifications

Workers must hold a First Aid Certificate and a current certificate of medical fitness that certifies they meet required medical and eyesight standards.


  • There is no Train Driver Licence in Australia at present although drivers need a Safe Working accreditation.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Transport and Logistics (Rail Operations)
  • Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Rail Operations)

Estimated Salary

$65,000 – $79,000*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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