Bus Driver (NSW/ACT)
Education and Training:
You can work as a bus driver without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job.
To gain employment with State Transit (NSW) you must pass a selection test. State Transit tests are held throughout the year, depending on the number of vacancies available. You must be at least 20 years of age; hold a current and unrestricted Australian drivers licence; undergo a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check; and be able to meet the requirements to be issued with a Bus Driver Authority Card from Transport for NSW. You will also need to obtain a medium rigid (MR) licence through Roads and Maritime Services before you begin your training. State Transit offers on-the-job driver training, the duration of which depends on previously held licences and experience.
In the ACT, applicants must have held an Australian drivers licence for at least three years, and hold a full licence at the time of lodging their application. You are also required to obtain a medium rigid (MR) licence before you begin training. Applicants must obtain a Public Vehicle Driver Authority Card, which requires an O-class licence to attain. The minimum requirements to obtain an O-class licence include a medical test, obtaining a National Police Certificate and demonstrating English communication skills. You must also be at least 20 years of age. Training for this licence is through the Transport Industries Skills Centre. Bus drivers must also undertake 19 days of training with ACTION (the ACT Internal Omnibus Network) after obtaining the licence.
You can also become a bus driver through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Driving Operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.
Private bus companies offer on-the-job training, although you may need some experience in driving heavy vehicles.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Transport and Logistics Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Apply Fatigue Management Strategies (TLI Unit) *
- Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers (AUR Unit)
- Follow Occupational Health and Safety Procedures (TLI Unit) *
Bus drivers are employed in the public sector by government transport authorities and by private bus, charter and coach services.
Demand for bus drivers depends upon passenger use of bus services, as well as public transport policy decisions and funding. The job can be stressful and turnover in the industry is high, creating new openings regularly.
With experience, and sometimes further training, there may be opportunities for bus drivers to move into supervisory or higher administrative positions.
For Further Information:
State Transit Authority, Transport for NSW
Information for other states and territories: