Job Security & Career Opportunity
Sydney and Newcastle will always need buses! State Transit offers secure employment with a wide range of career opportunities including:
- Bus Operations
- Supervision and leadership roles
- Scheduling and Rostering
- Bus Operator Training
- Network Control Centre
- Fleet Operations
- Body Builder and Motor Mechanic Apprenticeships and Tradespeople
- Corporate roles including Finance, Administration, Safety, IT, Procurement and Contract Management
For more information on our exciting career opportunities, visit the Meet our people page.
Free and Discount Travel
Full time and part time employees are provided with an Employee Pass to travel free on Government Bus, Rail and Ferry services in Sydney & Newcastle Metropolitan areas. They are also entitled to some free and discounted family state and interstate rail travel (conditions apply) including the Indian Pacific and Ghan.
Great Pay and Entitlements
The starting pay for Bus Operators as of 1 January 2016 is $25.40 per hour ($965.40 per week) and $27.32 ($1038.20 per week) for Bus Operators who have already obtained their Certificate III in Bus Operations. A wide range of additional entitlements can also be paid to Bus Operators including:
- Shift penalties depending on your start and finish times
- Ordinary time worked on Saturdays is paid at time and a half and on Sundays at double time
- Additional penalties for time worked on a public holiday
- Overtime penalties paid for extra time worked such as when a shift is extended, a rostered day off is cancelled or when choosing to work overtime voluntarily.
- An allowance for those who operate articulated buses (requiring a HR licence)
- For staff in Sydney's Eastern Region, ability to earn up to an additional 10% of base salary due to availability of weekend work.
There are also special allowances for maintenance staff working at heights, in confined paces and with hazardous materials.
Generous Leave Options
We offer a variety of generous leave options including:
- Four weeks annual leave with 20% loading for shift workers and 17.5% for non-shift workers
- An additional week's annual leave for shift workers with 20% loading
- Option to purchase up to 4 weeks additional annual leave per year
- Additional days off (ADO's) which are accrued by working more than 38 hours in a week
- Sick leave provisions which accumulate and increase depending on years of service
- 2 months long service leave after 10 years with an additional 2 weeks for each additional year of service thereafter
- Access to Carers, Bereavement, Parental, Adoption and Military Service leave
- Career break (available after 5 years continuous service)
Training and Development
Transport for NSW (of which State Transit is an operating agency) is a Registered Training Organisation and provides accredited, job-based training and assessment to ensuring our drivers and apprentices achieve competencies to the national industry standard. We offer a wide variety of training and development assistance including:
- Bus Operator Traineeships (Certificate III Bus Operations) - 2 years FT or 3 years PT
- Body Builder and Motor Mechanic Apprenticeships – 4 years FT
- Extensive induction programs including classroom and practical learning
- Ongoing skills maintenance comprised of various on-the-job, eLearning and classroom based training
- For staff required to drive high capacity or articulated buses, additional training to upgrade to a HR licence if required.
- Study assistance and leave
- The Grow Perform Succeed (GPS) Program for Bus Operators, Trades and support staff which provides staff with feedback and recognition for their achievements.
- A Performance Development & Review Program for salaried and executive employees.
- A Succession Planning Framework that enables us to identify high potential employees and plan for the future.
Reward and Recognition
State Transit recognises the important contribution our staff make to the success of our business. This is celebrated at our annual Service and Achievement Awards which recognise individuals or teams that have made a special contribution to the organisation along with the dedication of our longest serving staff. In the depots, achievements are rewarded through various means.
Bus depots are places where employees form new and lasting friendships through a range of social and sporting interests. Our Recreation Club - The State Transit Bus Institute - organises sporting events, competitions and social activities throughout the year which include touch football, soccer, fishing, tennis, golf, table tennis, mixed netball, ten pin bowling, lawn bowls, snooker, chess, walking, basketball, road races and swimming.
The depots also provide recreational facilities where employees can go to unwind when they have a break. Most depots have snooker and table tennis tables, card and board games, TV and DVD, computers (with access to the internet) and resting areas.
Staff are also eligible to join the Transport for NSW Recreation Club where members can access a wide array discounted tickets, memberships and other benefits as well take part in a wide array of social events for staff and their families. For more info, check out the Recreation Club website.
Health and Wellbeing
We see your health and wellbeing as essential to daily life, not just work and we offer:
- Free yearly flu vaccinations
- Free Employee Assistance Program including phone and face to face counselling for employees and their families
- An annual Health Week Fair providing free health checks and promoting safety awareness and a variety of healthy lifestyle and wellness options
- Discount entry into events such as the Spring Cycle and City to Surf
- Local health and wellness activities including walking clubs, weight loss and general fitness programs.
Many staff also organise their own activities with their team mates such as surfing, swimming, jogging or gym sessions to make the most of their time off during a broken shift or lunch break.
Work Close to Home
Positions are regularly advertised at State Transit's 14 locations across Sydney and Newcastle. For Bus Operators, the geographical mix of locations provides employees with opportunities to move closer to home without having to change their job. After 12 months, Bus Operators will be eligible to apply for a transfer to one of our other depots located at:
- Mona Vale
- North Sydney
- Port Botany
Transfers are based on the availability of positions.
Our shift staff work a wide variety of shifts and roster arrangements including full time, part time and broken shifts. ADO's can be combined with your planned days off or other forms of leave to give you an even longer break from work, allowing you to spend more time with family or even get away for a short break. Working early morning or late afternoon shifts can free up a lot of additional hours in the day for personal business such as shopping, family errands or even playing a round of golf! You can even apply to work on a casual basis only.
Similarly, our non-shift staff can access ADO's to enjoy that extra day out of the office. There are also a number of flexible working arrangements such as part time work; job sharing and working from home that can be made available in some circumstances to help you better balance your commitments outside of work.
Combined with our staff wellness programs and the excellent recreation facilities and events available, we aim to give our staff the work-life balance they need to remain happy and healthy :)
We offer Motor Vehicle Salary Packaging available through the Government's approved provider Maxxia. For more info, check out www.maxxia.com.au
Uniforms and PPE
Bus Operators are provided an initial uniform issue and paid an annual uniform allowance thereafter to replace it. All staff are supplied with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to their job which for maintenance staff includes items like overalls, boots and goggles.
Benefits for Apprentices
In addition to the other benefits available, apprentices also receive:
- Tools, uniforms and PPE
- TAFE fees for apprentices paid upfront
- Reimbursement for TAFE learning materials and textbooks
- Access to the Commonwealth Government's Trade Support Loan Scheme which supports apprentices with the cost of living and other incidental learning expenses. For more info, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.
- For fourth year apprentices, access to post trade courses;
- For fourth year apprentices who have obtained their qualification, opportunities to be interviewed for a Merit List and act up in tradesperson positions as they become available.
- Opportunity to become a permanent tradesperson through a merit selection process conducted within 12 months of completion.
- For apprentices who complete all the vocational training requirements of the trade, opportunity to apply for a MVRIA (Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Authority) Tradesperson's Certificate.