Truck drivers move bulky goods and materials in heavy trucks, car carriers, removal vans, tankers and tow trucks. They are responsible for loading goods securely and safely.

Where truck drivers are employed

Truck drivers work for companies such as postal, warehousing, mining, construction, manufacturing and transport, and government authorities, or they can be self-employed.


Full-time truck drivers (transport professionals) in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Truck Driver

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 8,452 people employed full-time as truck drivers (transport professionals) in South Australia compared with 7,348 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a truck driver without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Applicants must also undertake practical and written tests and obtain one or more heavy vehicle licences before commencing work. Visit Driver's Licence Classes for more information.

You can also become a truck driver through a traineeship in driving operations or transport and logistics (road transport). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10.  For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

You may be required to hold special licences when transporting certain cargos, especially if you carry dangerous substances.

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