Truck Driver

Job Description

Heavy Rigid (HR) Truck Drivers are individuals who are licenced to drive vehicles with unlimited gross vehicle mass and tow trailers up to 9 tonnes without axle limitation. Heavy Rigid vehicles may include buses, trucks or articulated buses with more than two axles.

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Hours are varied depending on your choice of vehicle work. Generally Heavy Vehicle Operators work shift work or long hours sometimes late into the evening or early hours of the morning.


LR or MR licence for at least a year. All truck licencing is managed at the state level and conducted in person, so investigate local truck driving schools.

Gain your HR licence by passing a theoretical test, practical driving skills test and eyesight test. Some states will also ask you to obtain a medical certificate.

Earn a forklift licence. The average course will take 4 days to complete, and there are no minimum entry requirements

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  • Reliability
  • Self-Motivation
  • Drivers Licence
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Work
  • Autonomy

Key Skills

  • Heavy Rigid Licence
  • Driving
  • Forklift
  • Good knowledge of Australian road rules
  • Location excellence
  • Knowledge of correctly securing loads

Future Prospects

HR Truck Drivers can further their careers by qualifying as Heavy Combination or Multi Combination Truck Drivers.