Truck Driver

A Truck Driver can drive a range of vehicles for commercial freight and transport purposes. Vehicles range from removal vans and tow trucks to heavy combination vehicles carrying bulky goods and liquids. The driving task might be localised to a metropolitan area or include long haul trips with shift work.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the stability of their load, regardless of the type of truck, journey or load.
  • Assembly, loading and unloading vehicles.
  • Performing routine vehicle inspection and maintenance.

There are many career opportunities available to a Truck Driver, across the Transport and Logistics Industry. This might include as an owner driver or employee of a company. For example, some drivers transport food or fuel, while others drive large road trains. 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

  • 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.
  • The Road Transport sector embraces new technologies and is constantly seeking to improve safety, productivity and professionalism.

Entry Qualifications

Licence:

  • 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

$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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