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Summary of occupation

Taxi drivers transport passengers to and from various destinations. They receive information via radio, collect passengers from their destination and help them with their baggage. They may also confirm with the passenger about a preferred route, as well as checking maps for the most appropriate route. They transport passengers, help them to disembark from the vehicle, assist them again with their luggage, and collect fares. They may also process payments from credit cards or EFTPOS payments. Some taxi drivers may also collect and deliver parcels.

ANZSCO description: Drives a taxi to transport passengers to destinations on a fee-for-service basis, usually on a short-term, metered fare hiring arrangement. Registration or licensing is required.
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A taxi driver needs:

  • high level of driving skill
  • logic and problem-solving skills
  • to be able to deal with people from all walks of life
  • basic numeracy skills
  • good communication skills
  • to be a safe, reliable and responsible driver
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Working conditions

Taxi drivers drive everywhere, ferrying passengers to and from entertainment venues, airports, railway stations or shopping areas as well as businesses and private residential addresses. They usually work in shifts, which often includes late nights, early mornings, and working on weekends and public holidays. They may occasionally need to deal with aggressive or inebriated passengers.

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Salary details

On average taxi drivers, classified under automobile drivers, can expect to earn between $680 and $799 per week ($35 355 and $41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, the number of hours they drive, and the number and type of routes they drive.

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Tools and technologies

Taxi drivers need to be able to drive a car. Many taxi drivers drive automatic vehicles, but others use those with manual transmissions. They may also be required to read maps or road directories, or to operate GPS navigation equipment. They usually need to operate EFTPOS machines to process bank and credit card transactions.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a taxi driver without formal qualifications. However, you will need to qualify for and obtain a 'T' extension on your driver’s licence from the Department of Transport. 

​To work as a taxi driver in the Perth metropolitan area, you must complete a taxi driver training course with an approved training provider and pass a registration test. Country taxi licenses are issued based on the demand for taxi services in regional towns. Visit the Department of Transport website for more information.

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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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