The South Australian transport and storage industry employs 38,600 people, which is just under 4.8% of the State’s workforce.

Most of the people working in the industry operate a transport vehicle (including motor, air, rail and maritime). There are also significant numbers of workers in warehouse occupations.

More than two thirds of employment is in the metropolitan area however there are still plenty of jobs in regional areas.

Job openings for skilled workers

Logistics clerk (transport clerk)

Marine Transport Professional

Supply and Distribution Manager

Transport Services Manager

Quick facts about this industry

  • The majority of people work full-time.
  • Most people working in the industry do not have a qualification but if you want to get ahead a qualification is highly recommended.
  • More men than women work in the industry — women mostly work in the passenger transport sector.
  • People working in the industry are older than those in other industries.
  • You should enjoy practical work, have an aptitude for working with vehicles, and be able to drive safely.
  • Most full-time truck drivers earn between $800 and $1,250 per week. Bus drivers earn between $800 and $1,000 per week, train drivers average between $1,500 and $2,000 or more. Pilots earn $2,300 per week and flight attendants earn about $1,000 per week. Full-time storepersons generally earn between $600 and $800 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Transport

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificates II and III in Aviation (Ground Operations)
  • Certificate III – Diploma in Aviation with specialisations in commercial pilot aeroplane licence/helicopter licence, instrument flight operations, and flight instructor
  • Certificate II – Diploma in Maritime Operations with specialisations in marine engine driving, coastal maritime operations — coxswain and coastal marine engineering
  • Certificates II – IV in Transport and Logistics with specialisations in tram or light rail operations, rail infrastructure, driving operations, mobile crane operations and stevedoring
  • Certificate I – Diploma in Logistics
  • Certificates I – IV in Warehousing Operations

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Aviation
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Mechanical engineering

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

The transport and storage industry moves passengers and goods by road, rail, air and water. This includes the support activities such as logistics, navigation, harbour services, airport operations and customs agency services.

Logistics means working out the quickest and cheapest way to move goods and people around. Most modern transport is computerised and designed for maximum safety and comfort.

Often goods need to be stored in warehouses on the way to their destination. Warehouses are becoming more complex and technologically advanced. Technologies such as radio frequency identification, robots and advanced computer systems are revolutionising the way goods are stored around the world.

If you want to work in warehousing you’ll need to be familiar with computers and be able to adapt to any future changes easily. You’ll also need good organisational skills and to enjoy practical work.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Crane operator, forklift operator, supply and distribution managers, transport operations officer, bus driver including tour operator, car and taxi driver, courier and delivery driver, furniture removalist, rail transport employee, airline passenger officer, airline services operators, flight attendant, integrated rating (sailor), marine engineer, rigger, ship’s master/officer, shipping agent, stevedore, waterside worker, customs broker/officer, importer and exporter, inventory and supply officer, recording and despatching clerk or storeperson.

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Career information has been sourced from government publications.  See data sources for more information.

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