Truck drivers are employed by a range of industries, including manufacturing, retail and agriculture, to safely and efficiently deliver goods to a destination. Aside from driving long distances, truck drivers may have other responsibilities including preventative maintenance, safety checks and route planning.
There are over 173,000 truck drivers employed across Australia, 21.2% of which are based in Queensland.
With freight levels expected to significantly increase in Australia over the next decade, there is a growing demand for truck drivers at all experience levels.
The average truck driver salary is $27.14 per hour, with advertised annual salaries varying from $34,500 to $86,100. Truck driver salaries generally increase with experience and skills.
To become a truck driver in Queensland you must hold the right licence for the size and weight of the truck you wish to drive. It may take several years to progress to the highest vehicle class. Read about the exact requirements for upgrading your licence. Many companies also offer apprenticeships and traineeships for aspiring truck drivers.
Australian truck drivers are highly trained for their jobs and have an outstanding safety record overall, however, accidents do happen both on and off the road.
Long-term injuries include:
Risks for truck drivers include:
The trucking industry is highly regulated and there is significant legislation in place across Australia that is concerned not only with the safety of truck drivers, but that of the public as well.
Road freight transport workers have been identified as a priority in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 due to the high number of injuries and fatalities in the industry. The strategy aims to reduce serious and/or permanent injuries for truck drivers, and other road freight workers, by 30% nationwide by 2022, and fatalities by 20%.
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