Bus driver

What does being a bus driver involve?

In addition to driving the vehicle, you’re in charge of:

  • Keeping the network moving by reporting incidents and traffic delays
  • Delivering great customer service
  • Getting our customers to their destination safely and on time
  • Helping customers to use the Opal ticketing system

What you need for the job

There are a few things we look out for to make sure you are ready for the job and able to drive yourself and our customers around safely. In order to operate a bus, we need you to:

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia or citizen of Australia or New Zealand
  • Have held an unrestricted Australian Driver's Licence for the last 12 months
  • Have a good driving history
  • Be willing to work all the shifts required of the position
  • Maintain a weight below 130kgs and have a standing reach of at least 210cm
  • Obtain a Working with Children Check clearance (we'll help you with this as part of the recruitment process)
  • You'll need to get clearance from a medical practitioner to obtain a bus driver authority card. This authority allows you to drive a public passenger vehicle.

Download the bus driver information pack (PDF, 861.15 KB)

What kind of shifts are there?

There are three options for shift rostering to help you find the work / life balance you’re looking for.

Full-time

If the regular 9am-5pm life isn't for you, our full-time staff work on a rotating roster including mornings, afternoons, evenings and split shifts.

Part-time

If you'd prefer to have more regular hours, our part-time Staff work 15-35 hours per week and are rostered set times, Monday to Friday.

Casual

Looking for a little less? Work with us on a casual basis Monday to Friday.

“This job’s given me my work and my social life as well, and I just think that’s great.”

ANDREW, BUS DRIVER

Where will I work?

There are eight depots located in three regions across Sydney. You can nominate your preferred depot locations from the list below when you start.

Northern Region
Brookvale, Mona Vale and North Sydney

Eastern Region
Port Botany, Randwick and Waverley

Western Region
Ryde and Willoughby

Pay and perks

State Transit offers drivers a wide range of other benefits including:

  • Free Employee Opal Card for use on Government bus, rail and ferry services
  • Obtain a qualification whilst you work (Certificate III in Driving Operations - Bus)
  • Opportunities to undertake satisfying work, develop your skills and pursue a rewarding career
  • Employee recreation activities that provide a sense of belonging

How much will I earn?

Trainee bus drivers $26.03 per hour ($989.50 per week).

Qualified bus drivers $28.01 per hour ($1,064.20 per week).

The average gross annual salary of $70,000 for a trainee and $79,000 for a qualified driver, including allowances and overtime.

How much leave will I get?

Staff who work a full-time rotating roster receive 5 weeks paid annual leave with 20% leave loading and opportunity to purchase leave.

Download the bus driver information pack (PDF, 861.15 KB)

How do I apply?