Transport & Logistics

Transport and Logistics contributes 6.1% of Tasmania’s GSP and directly employs around 12,800 Tasmanians.

Transport & Logistics

Industry Overview

Tasmania’s Transport and Logistics industry enables both community online shopping expectations, and the economic performance of other industries such as residential building (Skills Tasmania sector overview).

The Tasmanian Transport and Logistics industry includes the following sectors: Rail, Road, and Aviation and Maritime & Ports sectors. (Transport and Logistics TAS 2019)

Transport and Logistics contribute 6.1% of Tasmania’s GSP and directly employs around 12,800 Tasmanians.

3.3% employment growth is projected across the industry to 2023, with volumes transported on key Tasmanian freight routes projected to double by 2030.

The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan has committed to ‘work with industry to build diversity in the freight sector to address short-term and long-term workforce needs’ (Freight Australia, 2019)



Tasmania’s Transport and Logistics

Orientate to the Tasmanian industry with information from the Logistics Information and Navigation Centre:

Transport & Logistics


Entry level position

Entry level positions may not require any post-school qualifications.

Vocational qualifications

Transport & Logistics

Career Development

Explore jobs

Skills assessment

  • Free skills gap assessment to help plan professional development for members of Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia.



Learn about topical industry issues 


  • Mentoring via the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia.

Safety skills

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Tasmanian professional associations

  • The Tasmanian Transport Association advises assists, and represents the Tasmanian Transport Industry in the pursuit of a safe, efficient, fair, and environmentally friendly transport system.
  • Tasmania Bus Association intends to promote the Tasmanian bus industry in partnership with the Government.
  • The Tasmanian Polar Network is a group of businesses and scientific organizations based in Tasmania, Australia, that all have a common focus on serving commercial and scientific activity in the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. 



Australian professional associations

Worker unions

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What Employers Want

Examples of from job advertisements

  • Clean driving record and minimum of 12 months driving experience
  • Medium rigid licence          
  • Forklift licence    
  • Customer service skills       
  • National police check 
  • Influenza vaccination        
  • Ability to work flexible days and hours
  • Pre-employment medical with drug and alcohol screening.
  • Commitment to safety
  • Physical fitness and manual handling techniques



Skills identified by employers:

The Transport and Logistics IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast identifies the top priority skills in the Transport and Logistics sector as:

  • Health and safety
  • Operational skills
  • Compliance
  • Digital skills

The top transferrable skills in order of importance are listed as:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) 
  • Managerial / Leadership
  • Technology
  • Learning agility / Information literacy / Intellectual autonomy and self-management (adaptability)
  • Design mindset / Thinking critically / System thinking / Solving problems.

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Finding Jobs in Tasmania


Job Active is the Australian Government job board curating jobs from many sources.

Other jobs boards include Seek, Career One, Indeed, and Jora.        Gumtree Jobs is a community noticeboard with entry-level positions.

Tasmanian Government transport jobs are listed here.





Jobs in demand

Transport and logistics skills in-demand in 2021 according to Hays Recruiting company include the following:

  • Warehouse Managers for approximately 15 team members
  • Fleet Controllers for company-owned and sub-contractor drivers
  • Transport Operations Managers for domestic road transport

Skill shortages

There are skill shortages with entry-level opportunities and skilled positions for advancement because the industry has an ageing workforce. 

80% of employer respondents reporting a skills shortage in the last 12 months in the Transport and Logistics IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast (Australian Industry and Skills Committee 2020) for:

  • Heavy vehicle drivers
  • Drivers (general)
  • Educators, trainers and assessors
  • Warehousing managers

Transport & Logistics

Job Seeker Tips

Learn local industry terms

For each relevant job that comes from your search alerts, visit the company career page and download the statement of duties and application pack.

Whether or not you wish to apply for that position, review it learn more about job families and expectations. Check your understanding of terms with your local industry networks, and/ or refer to the Glossary of Supply Chain Terms.

Understand how your skills fit into the future of the industry 

Australian Industry Standards published a Skill Forecast 2020 for Transport and Logistics which sets out industry trends and the skills for the future.

Use this knowledge to shape questions when:

  • Networking
  • Researching companies 
  • In interviews to demonstrate an understanding of the industry



The value of furthering your skills

Technology is causing structural changes to the industry. The need for combining technical with business or postgraduate skills has grown.

The report on the occupational and education trends in supply chain and logistics (Deloitte Access Economics 2018) highlights advice about broader career pathways and lists examples of skilled positions in the industry: 

  • Importers Exporters and Wholesalers
  • Manufacturers
  • Production and Supply Distribution Managers
  • General Manager (Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry) 

Career planning

Understanding industry trends set our in the supply chain value web report (Deloitte University Press) can broaden your ability to identify suitable positions to apply for, or it can inform your career planning.

Note the preference to develop senior talent rather than recruit it, so the company you work for may be more important than your initial position title.




The Migrant Network acknowledges the invaluable input from the industry, in particular Sharon Brewer from Hays Recruiting Tasmania

"There is a hope to find a job in Tas"
Skilled Migrant 26 February 2021

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