Green Light Day FAQs

    Green Light Day is a NSW-based industry and government awareness activity to highlight careers in the transport and logistics industry.

    Who organises Green Light Day?

    Green Light Day is a shared initiative of TAFE NSW (coordinator of Green Light Day), Transport for NSW and NSW Department of Education.

    What is the Green Light Day?

    Green Light Day is a NSW-based industry and government awareness activity to highlight careers in the transport and logistics industry.

    Why the ‘Green Light’?

    Green lights are a common image of the transport and logistics industry. Whether it’s a traffic light giving the go ahead to a heavy vehicle driver on the road or providing the all clear to a pilot negotiating the tarmac at an airport, the green light indicates starting or beginning an activity.

    What is transport and logistics?

    Transport is all about moving passengers and freight around by air, road, rail or water. Logistics, sometimes referred to as the ‘supply chain’, is about the systems in place that make this possible.

    Roles are available in the following sectors:

    Logistics and warehousing

    Road transport

    Rail infrastructure and operations

    Maritime

    Aviation

    Ports

    Check out videos and other information on each sector on the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council website.

    Is transport and logistics right for me?

    Transport and logistics is a strong industry where you can build a career with job satisfaction, earn good money and develop skills that can transfer across a wide range of careers and industries.

    Transport and logistics involves a broad range of occupations from crews of vehicles, trains, vessels and aircraft to staff involved in engineering, infrastructure, tourism, hospitality, security, retailing, warehousing, administration and IT.

    How do I get a foot in the door of the transport and logistics industry while I’m studying?

    A school based apprenticeship in a transport and logistics business will allow you to complete Year 11 and 12 studies while getting paid for the time you spend in the workplace. At the end, you will finish with a nationally recognised qualification.

    When can I start working in the transport and logistics industry?

    It depends on how you want to structure your career. A student can start working in the transport and logistics industry following completion of their Year 10 schooling. After this point, you can:

    Start working as a regular employee or apprentice; or

    Keep studying and build your skills through a school based apprenticeship, TAFE or university.

    How can I find out more about the transport and logistics industry?

    You can find out more through:

    Searching the web – see our Links page

    Talking to your careers advisors and parents

    Emailing transport and logistics companies seeking information.

    Do you have to be very physical to have a job in the transport and logistics industry?

    While some jobs require manual labour and heavy lifting (such as baggage handling and furniture removalist), most jobs do not require you to be very physical.

    Many entry-level jobs will provide a mentor to train and lead you through the job requirements, with apprenticeships and vocational education qualifications being done at the same time as you are working, e.g. being a port stevedore, coxswain or a rail technician.

    There are many ‘office’ jobs like transport scheduling, warehouse administration and ground crew positions that can have a lucrative and interesting career path and lead to managerial positions.

    What are the salary expectations of jobs in the transport and logistics industry?

    This very much depends on the job and the national/ state awards and conditions. Fair Work Australia oversees entry-level positions and awards and enterprise agreements.