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Delivery driver

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Summary of occupation

Delivery drivers utilise vans, cars, bicycles, motorbikes and scooters to pick up and deliver goods. They assist with the loading and unloading of goods and ensure that they are safely stowed. They plan and drive from a loading location to an unloading location. They may need to use a two-way radio or other communication device. They may be involved with payments and receipts for services rendered. They may also need to perform maintenance on their vehicle. Some delivery drivers are self-employed and some work on a sub-contract basis.

ANZSCO description: Drives a van or car to deliver goods. Registration or licensing is required.
Alternative names: Courier, Van Driver
Specialisations: Fast Food Delivery Driver, Grocery Deliverer, Inner City Deliverer, Meals on Wheels Driver, Taxi Truck Driver
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A delivery driver needs:

  • to be trustworthy, honest and reliable
  • to be good at navigating streets
  • to have excellent driving skills
  • good communication skills
  • some mathematical ability
  • to exhibit attention to detail.
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Working conditions

Some delivery drivers work on a sub-contract basis and provide their own vehicle. Motorcycle and bicycle couriers almost always provide their own transport. Some delivery drivers wear a uniform. A delivery driver may work regular work hours and work week, or they may be required to work irregular hours depending on the job required. The latter is especially true if they are self-employed.

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Salary details

On average, delivery drivers can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a delivery driver develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.​

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Tools and technologies

Depending on the area they work in, delivery drivers may need to be able to maintain their vehicle. They may also need to be able to use communication devices or mobile barcode scanner.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a delivery driver without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

You will need a valid driver's licence if driving a motorised vehicle.​

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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