Do you want to be a bus driver? Transport Canberra is looking for more casual drivers

Lachlan Roberts 21 August 2018

Previous bus driving experience is not essential as Transport Canberra will provide comprehensive training for all drivers. File Photo.

Have you ever fancied yourself behind the wheel of a bus? Well, now is your chance!

The ACT Government is encouraging people to apply for jobs behind the wheel, with casual positions on both Transport Canberra’s commuter buses and in the flexible transport minibus unit.

Casual commuter drivers will be required to work rostered weekend and public holiday shifts and flexible transport minibus drivers will be rostered weekdays from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

To be considered for a casual bus driver position, all applicants will need to meet specified criteria, which includes not losing any points on their licence in the past five years due to traffic infringements, not receiving a redundancy from the ACT Government in the last two years and holding an Australian licence for five years to demonstrate having a comprehensive knowledge of Australian road rules and conditions.

The executive director of Public Transport Operations, Judith Sturman, is encouraging anyone who is interested to apply and said previous bus driving experience is not essential as Transport Canberra will provide comprehensive training for all drivers.

“There are many changes that will occur to the bus network specifically and we require dedicated, casual bus drivers who exhibit a commitment to customer service and safety to join our hard-working team,” Ms Sturman said.

In an effort to increase the number of women drivers from the current figure of 10 per cent, Transport Canberra recently hosted a Come and Try Day on 11 August, designed for females to try their hand at driving a bus under supervision.

Katie Dunn, a senior manager of Public Transport Operations, said the response to the Come and Try Day was a stunning success.

“The response for the Come and Try Day event was overwhelming – we booked out well before the event,” Ms Dunn said.

“On the day itself, we received so much interest and positive feedback from the participants who drove the buses that we’re confident it will assist with increasing our gender diversity.”

Applications for casual positions close Sunday 2 September. For more information, click here.

To apply for a commuter Bus Operator position, click here. To apply for the flexible transport minibus unit, click here.

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