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Better Benefits

The benefits of becoming a bus operator are numerous, including:

Secure Job and secure future

Once you have completed the selection process, including the Evaluation of Bus Driving Aptitude you will be employed either through a traineeship program leading to the award of Certificate III Bus Operations (Bus) or under a permanent contract of employment.

The Traineeship takes place over 2 years. The first 2-3 weeks of your employment can involve intensive training including:

  • Up to 3 days of driving training/assessment to upgrade your licence.
  • 4 days of classroom training covering Department of Transport regulations, State Transit policies and procedures, personal safety training and customer service.
  • 1 day of depot based orientation and induction.
  • 5 days in-service training.

Throughout the 2 year traineeship you will be scheduled to attend further off the job training in Customer Service, Working in a Culturally Diverse Environment, Financial Transactions, Workplace Communication, Working with Others, Occupational Health and Safety, Vehicle Inspection, Workplace Documentation and Reading Road Maps and Routes.

If you are required to drive high capacity or articulated buses you will receive additional training to have your licence upgraded to a HR licence (if applicable).

After you complete your traineeship there are many other career roles within State Transit for you to consider.

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Excellent pay and benefits

Sydney & Newcastle Buses - Normal Rates of Pay

  • $24.208 per hour until completion of the traineeship or equivalent service for non-traineeship operators and thereafter $26.032 per hour.
  • Casuals are paid $27.616 per hour.
  • Senior rates and daily allowances apply to specialized driving positions.

Overtime Rates

The following rules are applied when calculating penalty and overtime rates for Bus Operators:

  • Overtime is paid on a daily basis after 8 hours 15 minutes have been worked.
  • Overtime is paid on a weekly basis after 40 hours have been worked.
  • Overtime is paid at time and a half for the first 3 hours and double time thereafter and is applied on the daily or weekly overtime basis, whichever is the greater advantage to the employee.
  • Saturday's are paid at time and a half when worked as part of the normal roster.
  • Sundays are voluntary overtime and paid at double time.
  • Hours worked before 7 am and between 5 pm and 8pm attract a 15% penalty. When a shift ends after 8 pm all the hours of the shift attract a 15% penalty.
  • Broken shifts attract a penalty rate when the spread of hours exceeds 9.5 hours. Time worked between a 9.5 hour and 10.5 hour spread is paid at time and a half. Time worked in excess of a 10.5 hour spread is paid at double time. For example, a broken shift working from 6 am to 10 am and then from 2 pm to 6 pm would attract the following rates:
  •           6 am to 10 am – normal rates
  •           2 pm to 3.30 pm – normal rates
  •           3.30 pm to 4.30 pm – time and a half
  •           4.30 pm to 6.00 pm – double time.
  • The maximum rate to be paid for any hours worked is double normal time.

Conditions and Benefits

  • Five weeks paid annual leave (shift workers) with 20% annual leave loading.
  • Option to purchase up to 4 weeks additional annual leave per year.
  • Authorised days off (ADO's) shall be accrued by working more than 38 hours in a week and up to and including 40 hours per week.
  • Average of 38 hours per week for full time employees.
  • 9.25%  superannuation with option to salary sacrifice into superannuation.
  • Motor Vehicle Salary Packaging available through the Government's approved provider Maxxia.
  • 8 days sick leave a year, going up to 10 days sick leave after 5 years service and to 15 days after 7 years service.
  • 2 months long service leave after 10 years service with an additional 2 weeks long service leave for each additional year of service completed after 10 years.
  • 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 and are also entitled to some free family interstate and intrastate rail travel (Conditions apply).

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Recreational Opportunities

The Bus depots are places where employees form new and lasting friendships through a range of social and sporting interests.

The State Transit Bus Institute organises sporting events, competitions and social activities throughout the year.

Events in the last year included touch football, soccer, fishing, tennis, golf, table tennis, mixed netball, ten pin bowling, lawn bowls, snooker, chess, walking, basketball, road races and swimming. Make sure you contact your Depot Institute Organiser when you start so you can make the most of this great social network.

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.

Depots also have health promotion programs for employees for example, walking clubs, weight watchers and general fitness programs. Some employees prefer to organise their own recreational events and make the most of the time off in the middle of a broken shift to go surfing, swimming, shopping, jogging, or attend a gym.

The mixed netball inter-depot competition has been going since 2001. There is always lots of friendly rivalry between the depots. Its a great opportunity to meet people from other work locations and keep fit at the same time.

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Close to Home

Sydney Buses has 13 work locations from Mona Vale and Brookvale in the North; to Port Botany and Waverley in the East; Kingsgrove and Burwood in the South West and Ryde & Bonnyrigg in the North West. Newcastle Buses has 2 depots in Hamilton and Belmont.

It may not be possible for you to be placed at the depot of your first choice on appointment, however, after 12 months you will be eligible to apply for a transfer to the depot of your first choice.

The geographical mix of State Transit work locations provides employees with opportunities to move home and or depot without having to change their job.

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Family & 'me' time

State Transit has some part-time and casual positions available for employees needing more time for family or other personal commitments on an on-going basis.

Part-time work is Monday to Friday for 3 to 7 hours per day either as an early morning shift or late afternoon shift. Casual employees need to be available at least 3 days a week on a regular basis Monday to Friday.

Other opportunities for more time for you is provided through generous leave benefits including:

  • Five weeks annual leave (shift workers)
  • An additional rostered day off every 20 working days (full time only)
  • Option to purchase up to 4 weeks additional annual leave each year
  • Carer's leave
  • Maternity, adoption and parental leave
  • Career break (available after 5 years continuous service) The nature of the shift work can also help employees balance work and non-work commitments.

Having days off in the week can provide the time needed to attend school functions or care for children on a weekday.

Working early morning or late afternoon shifts can also free up a lot of additional hours in the day for personal business such as shopping or playing a round of golf.

Although you cannot always be guaranteed the shift you want, the key to getting greater flexibility is to make sure you talk with the Roster Clerk so they know your preferences.

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Last updated: Sep 01, 2014
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