Transport and Despatch Clerks

ANZSCO ID 5912

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
46,600
Future Growth
1.4%
Weekly Earnings
$1,386
Full-Time Share
88%
Female Share
35%
Average age
42

Summary

Transport and Despatch Clerks verify and maintain records of incoming and outgoing goods, prepare goods for despatch, arrange clearance and collection of imported cargo from customs and bond stores, and arrange shipment of cargo for export.

Tasks

  • identifying items and containers of incoming and outgoing shipments and verifying them against consignment records

  • ensuring outgoing shipments are in good condition and meet specifications

  • arranging internal distribution of goods received

  • organising the despatch of goods with completed documentation

  • maintaining prescribed records of goods received and despatched

  • examining shipping documents and verifying cargo to be released

  • recording customs clearance requirements and authorising collection of cargo

  • calculating storage and clearance charges and billing customers

  • receiving details of outgoing cargo, and arranging bookings of freight space and collection of goods from customers

  • providing information to customers on custom tariffs, tariff classifications and concessions, and methods of clearing goods

Characteristics

Job Type
Clerical And Administrative Workers
Skill Level
Lower skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Administrative
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light

Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
1.4%
(or 600 jobs)
From
40,800
in 2021
To
41,400
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 35,200
2012 31,800
2013 30,700
2014 31,000
2015 48,000
2016 44,400
2017 41,700
2018 42,600
2019 29,600
2020 36,900
2021 40,800
2026 41,400

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 88% of people employed as Transport and Despatch Clerks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 22 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,386 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,154
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $1,655

    Median hourly earnings are $33, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Earnings Transport and Despatch Clerks All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,386 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.


Industries

Main industries

1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
55.5%
2
Wholesale Trade
11.2%
3
Manufacturing
9.1%
4
Retail Trade
5.6%
5
Other industries
18.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

31.2% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

27.3% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

20.5% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.5% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.4% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.4% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.9% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.7% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Transport and Despatch Clerks All Jobs Average
NSW 31.2 31.6
VIC 27.3 25.6
QLD 20.5 20.0
SA 6.5 7.0
WA 11.4 10.8
TAS 1.4 2.0
NT 0.9 1.0
ACT 0.7 1.9


  • Around 70% of Transport and Despatch Clerks live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
42
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
35%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Transport and Despatch Clerks is 42 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 35% of the workforce. This is 13 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Transport and Despatch Clerks All Jobs Average
15-19 0.8 5.0
20-24 6.3 9.3
25-34 24.6 22.9
35-44 25.8 22.0
45-54 24.2 21.6
55-59 9.5 9.0
60-64 5.9 6.0
65 and Over 2.8 4.2
Median Age 42 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Transport or Despatch Clerk. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in logistics, warehousing operations, customs broking, international business or another related field.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Transport and Despatch Clerks All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 4.6 10.1
Bachelor degree 11.6 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 12.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 21.6 21.1
Year 12 25.9 18.1
Year 11 7.3 4.8
Year 10 and below 16.7 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Transport and Despatch Clerks who provide good customer service, can work independently as well as part of a team and can communicate clearly.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 43%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 39%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 39%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 39%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 37%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 37%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 36%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 34%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 34%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 32%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 32%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 32%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 32%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 30%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 29%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 29%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 29%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 29%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 27%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 48%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 45%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 41%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 41%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 40%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 38%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 37%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 33%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 27%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 24%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 19%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 18%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 17%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 17%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 14%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 14%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 13%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 12%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 12%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 11%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 48%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 48%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 45%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 45%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 41%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 41%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 41%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 39%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 39%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 39%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 39%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  • 39%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 37%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 37%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 36%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 34%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 34%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 77%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 60%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 52%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 52%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 51%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 51%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 51%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 49%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 48%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 47%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 45%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 45%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 43%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 40%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 40%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 38%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 38%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 37%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 34%

    Providing office support

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  • 32%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 90%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 71%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 52%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 14%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 76%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 62%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 43%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 40%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 38%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 38%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 92%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 92%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 88%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 87%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 84%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 83%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 81%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 77%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 77%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 77%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 75%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 74%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 74%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 73%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 73%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 72%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 72%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 71%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 67%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 67%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

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