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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Tram / Light Rail Operators

Tram Light Operator

Tram and Light Rail Operators transport passengers in trams and light rail over pre-determined routes. Shift work may be involved and contact with the public is central to this role.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Operating controls to change the direction of the tram or rail car
  • Negotiating traffic
  • Adherence to timetables
  • Advising passengers on routes and stops
  • Stopping at set locations to allow passengers to board and disembark
  • Operating communication systems
  • Applying accident-emergency procedures
  • Using customer service skills to be helpful and courteous when dealing with the public

Tram and Light Rail Operators may go on to operate heritage or steam trains and trams, light rail and commercial trains. The underlying skill set ensures 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


  • There is no Train Driver Licence in Australia at present although drivers need a Safe Working accreditation (usually as part of on the job training).

Training qualification:

  • Certificate III in Rail Driving

Estimated Salary

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

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