Be a Bus Driver

The Industry

A career in the bus industry could be just the ticket

The bus industry in Victoria represents a wide range of career opportunities in buses and coaches throughout Victoria. It is a diverse and growing industry that offers a wide range of career choices as well as the chance to be actively involved in your local community.
With depots all around Victoria joining the bus industry as a driver allows you work close to home providing greater work/life balance.

 

The Benefits

You will benefit from a career in the bus industry

A career in the bus industry has its rewards. It offers employees a fantastic work/life balance, great pay and conditions, and a rich and diverse workplace with an emphasis on local community involvement. Other benefits include:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Great work/life balance
  • Friendly working environment
  • Job security
  • Gaining transferable skills
  • Working within a growing industry
  • Playing your part in providing a sustainable way of travel
  • Getting involved with your local community
  • Providing an excellent customer service
  • Working with established businesses

The Conditions

Our working conditions are second to none

If you're looking for a career with industry leading work conditions, it might be time to get on board. As a full time bus driver, you will receive:

  • 4 weeks annual leave
  • Rostered Days off
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Workcover Entitlements
  • Superannuation

 

Be A Bus Driver

So... have you got what it takes to be a bus driver?

Most of Melbourne's bus operators offer full time, part time and casual positions allowing you to work around other commitments. What does it take to become a bus driver? We are looking for people with:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • A good driving record
  • Eligibility to obtain a drivers certificate
  • Eligibility to pass working with children regulations
  • A Light/Medium/Heavy Rigid driving licence (some bus companies will provide training to suitable applicants at no cost)
  • Medical Checks
  • National police records check

No formal academic qualifications are required to become a driver however you may be asked to take a pre-employment test to determine suitability for the role. More information about how to gain a medium or heavy rigid licence please click here.

Holding a vehicle license does not automatically entitle you to drive passenger vehicles. To drive for a commercial bus or local bus service you must also hold driver accreditation from Taxi Services Commission (TSC).

You will normally only obtain driver accreditation if you have a good driving record, no criminal convictions (including sex, alcohol or drug offences), and no medical condition which may affect the skills needed to drive a bus.

Enquiries about driver accreditation should be made to the TSC on 1800 638 802 (Toll free). Ask to speak to a member of the driver accreditation team.


How to Apply

Please use the search page below to locate your closest operator, then use the email link to contact them directly. If they have vacancies, they will respond shortly and let you know how to apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have completed year 12?
No formal academic qualifications are required to become a bus driver however applicants may be asked to take a pre-employment test.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
There is no minimum age requirement to become a bus driver. However you must hold a full non probationary licence.

Can I still apply if I have driving convictions?
You can still apply to become a bus driver if you have a small number of demerit points however if you have a large number of demerit points it is recommended that you wait until some of these points have been removed before applying.

What type of jobs are available?
There are a number of difference types of bus driving jobs within the Victorian bus industry.
These include: school bus drivers, route service drivers and charter/tour bus drivers.

What are the shifts and hours?
Due to the vast number of driving opportunities available there are a number of different shift patterns within the industry. While some bus companies operate a fixed rotating roster, others have more flexible working hours depending on the position.

What type of license is required to drive a bus?
Holding a vehicle license does not automatically entitle you to drive passenger vehicles. To drive for a commercial bus or local bus service you must also hold driver accreditation from Taxi Services Commission (TSC).

You will normally only obtain driver accreditation if you have a good driving record, no criminal convictions (including sex, alcohol or drug offences), and no medical condition which may affect the skills needed to drive a bus.

Enquiries about driver accreditation should be made to the TSC on 1800 638 802 (Toll free). Ask to speak to a member of the driver accreditation team.

A medium rigid or heavy rigid driving license is required to drive a bus depending on the size of the vehicle. Most bus companies do require you to have this type of license when applying to become a bus driver but a few do offer full training. More information about gaining your medium or heavy rigid licence can be found at the DECA website (BusVic Partner website)

What's the difference between a bus and a coach service?
A bus service is generally a regular metropolitan route or school bus service.
A coach service is normally delivered in a bus that provides higher levels of comfort for groups of people with specific needs eg tourists, corporate and long distance travellers.