Bus operator roles

Bus driver

Brisbane City Council has one of the largest bus fleets in Australia with over 1200 vehicles.  We provide public bus services to serve Brisbane residents and visitors, as well as school bus services, and services for special events and charters. Our dedicated and professional team of bus operators transport customers safely across our city and work within a supportive team that is dedicated to making sure that every customer journey matters.

Benefits for Council bus operators

Council offers:

  • paid on-the-job training with ongoing support (no previous bus driving experience is necessary), including training in customer service, safe bus handling and procedures
  • uniforms
  • a rewarding career with flexibility, including flexible hours with varied shift types
  • competitive pay with applicable penalty rates and allowances
  • weekly pay cycle for the hours you have worked
  • 10.5% superannuation contribution and opportunity to make your own voluntary contributions
  • opportunities for career progression.

Find out more benefits of working at Council.

Employment options

Casual employment

Council recruits casual bus operators on an hourly basis and pays for hours worked. Work is scheduled according to business needs. Most casual work is rostered in the morning and afternoon peak periods from Monday to Friday. Casual bus operators also perform charter work and special events.

Full-time traineeships

Council offers full-time traineeships for bus operators. Trainees are employed on a temporary full-time basis (38 hour week) for the duration of the traineeship and complete a Certificate III in Driving Operations. Traineeships take two years, but can be completed sooner depending on transport experience. 

Bus operator trainees may be offered a permanent position on completion of the traineeships, subject to meeting performance standards. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for a bus operator, you must:

  • have full work rights status in Australia
  • have held an Australian Open 'C' class car licence for at least three years
  • be able to obtain a current driver authorisation ('G' class) from Queensland Government 
  • have a good driving history (i.e. not lost more than four demerit points in the past three years, or had a suspended licence or good behaviours period in the last four years, excluding State Penalty Enforcement Registry suspensions)
  • by willing to work all shifts allocated to you
  • be available full time Monday to Friday for an eight-week period, whilst completing the bus operator induction program.

For casual roles, you must be able to work:

  • a minimum of any three days from Monday to Friday; or
  • five mornings or five afternoons from Monday to Friday.

To apply for a bus operator traineeship, you must be able to:

  • work different shifts, including early, late, afternoon and broken shifts
  • be flexible enough to be able to work whatever shift you are rostered on.

How to apply to become a bus operator

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Council is committed to training and development of its bus operators to become capable, confident and customer-focused in their roles. All bus operators participate in a comprehensive induction program.

After successful completion of the classroom component of the induction course, you complete depot-specific on-the-job training. As part of this training, you undergo small group route training for your depot, followed by one-on-one mentor (buddy) training.


The bus operator induction program includes a combination of classroom and on-the-job-training at a nominated Council bus depot.

The induction course takes six to eight weeks to complete from Monday to Friday between 5am-4pm. You won't work more than eight hours per day. To successfully pass the induction program, attendance is compulsory at every day of classroom and on-the-job training.

The induction course includes:

  • bus familiarisation
  • customer service
  • job-specific training (e.g. electronic ticketing)
  • licence training (for inductees who do not hold a current heavy rigid vehicle licence)
  • on-the-job training including route training (conducted in small groups), one-on-one mentor (buddy) driving
  • safety policies and procedures.

On-the-job training

Council offers the opportunity to develop your driving career by gaining a formal qualification in a Certificate III in Driving Operations (TL131216). 

A career as a Council bus operator may also open doors to applying for other roles in Council.

More information

For more information on becoming a bus operator, email our Transport Operations Bus team.

Last updated: 2 December 2022

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