Transport, Postal and Warehousing

This image shows that there were 648,700 people employed in Transport, Postal and Warehousing as at November 2018, up 10.9% since November 2013. Employment is projected to grow by 4.3% over the five years to May 2023.
27% of jobs are regional. 8% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years. 17% of workers are self-employed. 17% of workers hold a bachelor degree or higher. 32% of workers hold a certificate 3 or higher qualification. 5% of workers hold an other qualification. 46% of workers do not hold a post-school qualification.

Many of the top employing occupations in this industry are driving jobs, with Machinery Operators and Drivers accounting for around half of industry employment. Employment growth in this industry has been relatively strong over the past five years (up by 10.9%), primarily driven by strong growth in the Road Transport sector (up by 29.1%, or 66,700 jobs). Jobs growth, though, has slowed over the past year.

A significant share of this workforce has not completed post-school study, although around one third hold a certificate III or higher vocational qualification.

The industry’s workforce is relatively old, with one in four workers aged 55 years or older, and just 8% aged 15 to 24 years.

Transport, Postal and Warehousing employment is projected to grow by 4.3% over the five years to May 2023 (below the 7.1% growth projected across all industries).

Transport, Postal and Warehousing, Annual employment growth (%)

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

Transport, Postal and Warehousing
Top employing occupations This industry All industries
Truck Drivers 116,400 199,400
Automobile Drivers 53,000 54,800
Bus and Coach Drivers 39,900 46,200
Couriers and Postal Deliverers 39,800 44,500
Storepersons 28,900 126,800
Delivery Drivers 23,500 60,900
Transport and Despatch Clerks 22,900 38,400
Forklift Drivers 20,500 68,400
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers 18,300 49,600
Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks 13,200 104,200
Air Transport Professionals 11,700 15,600
General Clerks 11,500 281,800
Ticket Salespersons 10,500 16,700
Train and Tram Drivers 10,200 13,800
Freight and Furniture Handlers 9,700 15,000
Transport Services Managers 9,100 17,900
General Sales Assistants 8,900 529,700
Mail Sorters 8,100 12,000
Travel Attendants 7,600 8,600
Accounting Clerks 7,400 131,700

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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