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.

Search for Bus Operators

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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.

BusFoundation

The Bus Foundation aims to: acknowledge and recognise an operator’s involvement with their industry representative body and their contribution to the industry; raise awareness of significant bus industry social issues; create a lasting asset for the operator community; make it easy for operators to contribute and see the results of their donations and; provide an opportunity for the industry to plan for its own needs and aspirations. The overriding objective of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance to BusVic’s members and past members who may be in need of assistance due to a variety of reasons.

Click here to download the Bus Foundation brochure.

Click here to download the Bus Foundation Rules.

BusCover

'BusCover' is simply a brand that represents your Association's endeavours to commend insurance products and services to its members.

As of 1 April 2013, ABCU became BAV's insurance partner and we encourage BAV members to talk to ABCU for all their insurance arrangements because ABCU are a sponsor of BAV.

ABCU is an underwriter and provides its products through appropriately licensed insurance intermediaries and ABCU is strongly affiliated with all bus and coach industry representative bodies in Australia. ABCU have been insuring plenty of BAV members for over thirty years. 

Because ABCU is an underwriter, BAV members can only access their product via a broker. If you have an existing broker, just ask them to quote on ABCU product.  If you do not have a broker, we suggest you contact the insurance broker listed below:

 

Insurance Broker
Peter Jubber (AR No 272091) ABN 77 095 376 882 AFSL No : 244127
119 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne Vic 3207
Mobile : 0418 248 815
Direct : 61 3 9647 0605
pjubber@busvic.asn.au

 

It is imperative BAV members tell their broker to inform ABCU that they are BAV members, otherwise a higher premium may result.

 

For information on ABCU go to http://abcunderwriting.com.au/ or call 1800 035 653 or email insurebuses@austagencies.com.au.

BusFinance

BAV FINANCE |BUS FINANCE AUSTRALIA


“A Specialist Financier for the Bus Industry, Public Transport & Infrastructure”


BAV Finance Pty Ltd, and our national brand name – Bus Finance Australia Pty Ltd, were established in 2004 as a specific Industry Specialist Financier.

Since our inception we have established over $500 Million in finance transactions, primarily supporting the bus industry. We have key relationships with various financiers, suppliers and infrastructure partners.

Due to our industry knowledge, experience and staffing we provide a range of financial services and support from the Single Bus Operator through to the Large Urban Bus Operators.

Our continual aim is to be the leading financier for Bus Operators across Australia, supporting the bus industry in their key markets in each state.

As the bus and public transport industry evolve, we will continue to ensure that we provide innovative finance solutions to our clients and expand our expertise to support our industry across each state.


Key Commercial Assets we Finance:

• Bus & Coaches – new & used.

• Fleets, Rolling Stock & Other Road Transport Vehicles.

• Public Transport Infrastructure.

• Businesses and Government Contract Sales and Purchases.

• Equity and Capital Raisings.

• Motor Vehicles.

• Commercial Property, Depots, Plant and Equipment.

• Refinances and Debt Restructures.

 

Finance Products:

• Leasing, which incorporates:
- Hire Purchases;
- Equipment Loans / Chattel Mortgages;
- Finance Leases.

• Commercial Loans / Corporate Financing.

• Equity and Capital Facilities.

• Performance Bonds and Bank Guarantees.

 

Benefits of utilising BAV Finance | Bus Finance Australia:

Competitive and Market Leading Interest Rates.

Minimal Fees.

Loan facilities structured for your cashflow / asset requirements.

Industry and key financial knowledge and experience.

Funding Strategies, Sales and Acquisitions.


“Supporting Bus Operators and Public Transport throughout Australia”


Please feel free to contact us at any time.


Contact Details:

BAV Finance Pty Ltd | Bus Finance Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 34 257 676 292
450 Graham Street, Port Melbourne Victoria 3207 |PO Box 125, Port Melbourne Victoria 3207
Fax +61 3 9646 9853

Brett Collins Finance Director +61 3 9914 7014 | 0413 597 041 | bcollins@busvic.asn.au
Stephen Guille  Finance Sales Manager +61 3 9914 7016 | 0407 747 553 | sguille@busvic.asn.au
Emily Moeller Finance Assistant +61 3 9914 7015 | emoeller@busvic.asn.au

A business division of Bus Vic (Bus Association Victoria Inc)
www.busvic.asn.au
 

BusParts Plus

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Road Safety Inspections

RSI is an industry owned, VicRoads licensed bus and taxi inspection and registration service. RSI is one of the largest providers of roadworthy certificates in Victoria and is committed to passenger vehicle safety.

RSI has a state-of-the-art inspection facility at Port Melbourne and modern, technically advanced mobile brake and suspension-testing trailers. RSI has a team of the most experienced heavy vehicle inspectors in Victoria who can assist operators with Maintenance Management System and technical enquiries and give you peace of mind.

Additional services offered include

  • Clearance of unroadworthy notices and interstate defect notices
  • Authorised Taxi Directorate defect notice clearance point
  • LPG installation compliance testing
  • Brake faults and wear diagnostics

Click here to download brochure.

Contact details

Phone: +61 3 9646 3362
Toll free: 1800 136 854
Fax: +61 3 9646 5803
Email: rsi@busvic.asn.au
Address: 433 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, Victoria 3207