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Become a Bus or Coach Driver in NSW

With an extra million people expected to live in Sydney over the next 10 years, the NSW Government is requiring private bus companies to provide hundreds of extra services to keep up with demand.

Private bus and coach companies across NSW are looking for motivated people with good customer service skills and a positive attitude to join their team and help deliver services for customers.

It is a great time to consider a career change and no prior bus driving experience is necessary.

Requirements to Drive a Bus or Coach

In New South Wales, a driver of a bus or coach must hold a NSW “Driver Authority" issued by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). This is in addition to holding the relevant class of Drivers Licence.

To obtain an Authority to drive buses in NSW, an applicant must meet the required criteria:

  • Be at least twenty-one [21] years of age
  • Have held an unrestricted Australian driver licence for a total of at least twelve [12] months in the two [2] years immediately preceding the date of the application
  • Have passed an examination or assessment, in medical fitness
  • Have attended and passed a Driver Authority Training Course

For information on how to apply for a NSW Driver Authority please contact please contact RMS Enrolment Services at or phone RMS on (02) 8848 8700.

Bus Driver Authority Training Course

To obtain a Driver Authority, applicants must undertake and pass an approved half day Driver Authority Training Course. Transport for NSW has approved a Bus Driver Authority course jointly developed by BusNSW and Into Training Australia.

BusNSW will be running the half day course (10am- 2.00pm) at its offices - 27 Villiers Street, North Parramatta. The cost is $300 inc GST payable via c/card. To register for the course please download a registration form below.

Course Dates 
Thursday 17th January 2019 - Registration Closed
Thursday 14th February 2019 click here »
Thursday 14th March 2019 click here »
Thursday 18th April 2019 click here »
Thursday 16th May 2019 click here »
Thursday 13th June 2019 click here »

If you are unable to attend these courses, a list of individual trainers is available to contact and can provide this training course. Contact a trainer in a suitable area and arrange a day to complete the required training course. The trainer will be able to provide full details on costs and other information required.

For a current list of Authorised Driver Authority Trainers as of 20-02-18 click here »

Licence Upgrades

Certain buses may require a Medium Rigid (MR) or Heavy Rigid (HR) licence. BusNSW can also arrange for licence upgrades to Medium Rigid (MR) Heavy Rigid (HR). For information on licence upgrades please contact Into Training on 02 8859 0728 or email

About the Job

Most bus companies in the Greater Sydney area offer full time, part time and casual positions, with some also offering casual work on weekends (for rail replacement services and special events). With bus depots located throughout NSW, particularly in Greater Sydney, working for a private bus or coach company allows applicants to work close to home.

A career as a bus or coach driver offers great benefits:

  • Excellent work/life balance
  • Flexible employment hours
  • A friendly working environment
  • Job Security
  • Transferable skills
  • Involvement in the local community

Opportunity for Employment

BusNSW (the Bus and Coach Association of NSW) is the peak body for the private bus industry. Its members include over 400 private bus and coach companies located across NSW, including large companies based in the Greater Sydney area.

BusNSW does not guarantee employment but can put applicants who have completed the NSW Bus Driver Authority Training Course in touch with private bus and coach companies who have employment opportunities for drivers.


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