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 130 kilos
- 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 12 depots located in four regions across Sydney. You can nominate your preferred depot locations from the list below when you start.
Brookvale, Mona Vale and North Sydney
Port Botany, Randwick and Waverley
Burwood, Kingsgrove, Leichhardt and Tempe
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.
How do I apply?
You can make your application online via iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. You will then be contacted by our recruitment team to complete the assessment.