Be a bus driver

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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:

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  • 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.
Download the bus driver information pack (PDF, 537kb)
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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.

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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.

  • Northern Region
    Brookvale, Mona Vale and North Sydney
  • Eastern Region
    Port Botany, Randwick and Waverley
  • Southern Region
    Burwood, Kingsgrove, Leichhardt and Tempe
  • Western Region
    Ryde and Willoughby
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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?

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?

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.

Download the bus driver information pack (PDF, 537kb)
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How do I apply?

Apply in person

Apply in person

Register to attend our next Open Day and we can take you through the application and assessment process all in the one day.

Apply online

Apply online

You can make your application online via You will then be contacted by our recruitment team and invited to complete the recruitment assessment at a later date.