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How to become a Delivery Driver

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What do Delivery Drivers do?

 

Delivery Drivers operate a variety of vehicles, such as cars, trucks and vans, to bring goods to their destination. They may work with a huge variety of goods, such as food, furniture, mail, machinery, animals, and more.

If you are a safe and efficient driver, and want a job that is flexible and can take you almost anywhere in the world, this could be the perfect career for you.

 

 About you:

 

  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Excellent driver
  • Hard worker
  • Physically fit
  • Great time management skills
  • Alert and quick-thinking
  • Good communicator
  • Friendly and approachable

 

The job:

 

  • Loading and unloading goods from vehicles
  • Ensuring deliveries are made on time and in good condition
  • Determining the best route to take to your destination
  • Driving, parking and manoeuvring vehicles safely
  • Completing any relevant paperwork, such as manifests
  • Reporting vehicle maintenance needs
  • Using technologies such as GPS and Google Maps

 

Lifestyle Impact: Moderate

 

  • Part Time opportunities: High – around 48% of Delivery Drivers work part-time (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 43 hours a week, which is average (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • Delivery Drivers’ salary (average) $50,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Strong (source: joboutlook.gov.au).
  • You will be spending most of your time out on the road, and may need to make deliveries in a variety of weather conditions. You can also expect to be working alone a majority of the time.

 

Delivery Drivers are most in demand in these locations:

 

This is a very large occupation, with around 72,500 people working as Delivery Drivers in 2020 (source: joboutlook.gov.au), with strong growth expected over the next five years. Demand for Delivery Drivers is spread evenly across Australia. Most Delivery Drivers work in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.

Your job as a Delivery Driver could take you nearly anywhere around the country and even the world. You could choose to drive short distances locally, or haul goods across borders.

 

How to become a Delivery Driver in Australia

 

You don’t need any formal qualifications to work as a Delivery Driver, but you will need a minimum Car (C) class driver’s license.

 

Step 1 – Complete at least Year 10 with a strong focus on English.

 

Step 2 – Get your open/unrestricted C class driver’s license. This requires you to first obtain a learner’s license, then a provisional license, and usually takes around 3-4 years, depending on where you live and your age.

 

Step 3 – If you would like to drive vehicles such as trucks, you will need to undertake a course to obtain a Light Rigid (LR), Medium Rigid (MR), or Heavy Rigid (HR) license.

 

Step 4 – Consider boosting your employability by undertaking a VET qualification, such as a Certificate II, III or IV in Driving Operations.

 

Step 5 – Keep a good driving record and make sure your license is always up to date.

 

Find out more here –

https://www.myskills.gov.au/

https://info.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/transport-and-regional/drivers-licence-application

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What do Delivery Drivers do?

 

Delivery Drivers operate vehicles to move goods to their destination. They may deliver to businesses or private customers.

 

Which industries employ Delivery Drivers?

 

Delivery Drivers are usually employed in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry.

 

What options are there for career progression?

 

You may start working as a Delivery Driver, then move into more senior roles such as logistics, fleet or warehouse management, branch out into sales, or even start up your own business.

 

Do I need to go to university to become a Delivery Driver?

 

No, you don’t need any formal qualifications to work as a Delivery Driver in Australia. Most employers will require that you have completed Year 10 as a minimum.

 

Where do Delivery Drivers work?

 

Delivery Drivers are needed all across Australia. You can work in either metropolitan or regional and rural areas.

 

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Delivery Driver?

 

If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Delivery Driver is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. See if you can talk to a current Delivery Driver and get them to tell you what a day in their life is like.
  2. Study up and prepare to get your learner’s or provisional license. You can even take professional driving lessons.
  3. Volunteer in a similar area in your community, such as delivering papers or meals to the elderly. Even if you’re not driving, you can get a feel for the kind of work you might be doing.
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