Truck Driver

Transport goods and cargo between locations by driving trucks and heavy vehicles.
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What's it like to be a Truck Driver?

Truck Drivers carry cargo from one place to another. They work with dispatching companies to get assignments. Sometimes Truck Drivers work independently, but they often work for trucking companies. They plan their routes, keep logs of their trips and inspect the cargo they’re carrying throughout the trip. Truck Drivers may choose to become licensed to operate a particular class of vehicle and specialise as a Heavy Rigid Truck Driver, Medium Rigid Truck Driver, Multi Combination Truck Driver, or Heavy Combination Truck Driver.
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Tasks and duties

  • Taking receipt and delivering loads of cargo or product.
  • Operating the truck, obeying all road safety regulations.
  • Completing documentation relating to trips, such as logs, delivery dockets and timesheets.
  • Logging any safety incidents.
  • Checking the cargo throughout the trip.
  • Communicating with the dispatcher regarding trip and cargo status.

How to become a Truck Driver

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You’ll need an unrestricted, state-issued drivers’ licence for a period of time before progressing to a licence class that will allow you to drive a truck.

  1. Obtain a driver's licence from the licencing authority in your state.
  2. Establish a good driving record, and decide what class of vehicle you would like to operate.
  3. You can complete a Certificate III in Driving Operations (TLI31216) through TAFE or a local private institution. This course will teach you fatigue management, which is often looked on favourably in this occupation, as there can be long hours of continuous driving.
  4. There are truck driving training courses available at private training colleges throughout Australia. These courses range from beginners right through to more experienced.

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Latest Truck Driver reviews

Latest reviews from 133 Truck Drivers surveyed on SEEK.

Dec 2018
I am 61 years old but still active and like physical work , I am much smarter since l have started to drive trucks , l have learnt so much and still learning and loving it . I recomend it to anyone , I will retire driving .
Reviewer's Qualification
I did have Dangerous Goods and a fork lift ticket but I only have , MC licence
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Multipul types of work , but at the moment I am delivering and picking up General Freight .
The good things
I have been driving trucks for over 43 years and love it , I got into it because it was easy at that time , as I was kicked out of school and you didn't have to be smart to drive , as I loved driving ...
The challenges
Reversing in grocery docks , some are down laneways , around a bend that you have never been before , tight places , or under ground car parks , busy places like the city or most areas are busy now , ...
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May 2021
I enjoy truck driving because you are always learning as you go
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate I in Plant Operations (Heavy)
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Tour the country and get paid for it
The challenges
Every problem can be overcome and to achieve this is rewarding to me
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