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 at least 12 months within the last 24 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 across Sydney. You can nominate your preferred depot locations from the list below. If you are offered a position we assign you to a depot of your choice where possible.
Brookvale, Mona Vale and North Sydney
Port Botany, Randwick and Waverley
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 $27.358 per hour ($1,039.60 per week)
Qualified bus drivers $29.424 per hour ($1,118.10 per week)
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.