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Transport and Logistics

Delivering vital goods and services throughout Australia via road transportation and stevedoring operations.

TLI consists of 99% small businesses
vacancies per month
Truck drivers and store persons 40% of job vacancies
qualification enrolments
44% of TLI enrolments were Cert III Driving Operations
16.1% of all RTOs are explicitly authorised to deliver TLI training products
workforce growth
84% of workforce growth will be in Road Freight Transport and Taxis

Source left-right: Enterprises; ABS Counts of Australian Businesses, Online Vacancies; JSA - Internet Vacancy Index, Qualification Enrolments; NCVER, RTO's;, Workforce Growth; IBISWorld Industry Wizard.

The Transport and Logistics industry is an essential part of the Australian economy, which was highlighted through the COVID pandemic. Transport and logistics cover the production, storage, inventory, delivery, and distribution of specific goods or services.

The industry provides delivery of passengers, vital goods and services throughout Australia and includes road transportation, Logistics, warehousing and stevedoring. New technology is shaping the industry, including the use of automated and semi-automated vehicles, equipment and systems. 

There are a number of current skill challenges across all sectors in the transport and logistics industry, including the ever-increasing average age of heavy vehicle operators, driver shortages, and rising fuel prices are all huge challenges for the industry. 

It is estimated the industry employs over 640,000 people across its major subsectors: road transport; logistics; warehousing; and stevedoring, with a gender distribution of 21% female and 79% male. There are approximately 190,681 enterprises in the industry with 98.5% being small business.

Transport and Logistics Training Package

The Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system aims to provide individuals with work-ready skills for the labour market – skills that businesses and industries need to be highly productive and internationally competitive. 

The TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package covers the vocational requirements, including road transport, logistics, warehousing, and stevedoring.



Transport and Logistics Workforce Planning Committee

Industry Skills Australia has established a Strategic Workforce Planning Committee for each major industry to sit at the heart of the Jobs and Skills Council. Comprising senior industry leaders, these Committees are the central mechanism through which industry is empowered to identify its immediate and emerging skill needs and the responses that are needed by the national skills system, industry and governments.

The Committees work on behalf of industry to shape and oversee the development of the National Workforce Plan based on intelligence and consultation with key stakeholders from across Australia. The Transport and Logistics Industry Strategic Workforce Planning Committee membership was established in November 2023. The Committee comprises of:

  • Tim Dawson (Chair), Transport Workers’ Union WA (TWU) 

  • Julie Russell (Deputy Chair), Russell Transport 

  • Arthur Tzaneros, ACFS Port Logistics 

  • Blake Tierney, DP World 

  • Craig Adams, Primary Connect (Woolworths Group) 

  • Justin Cardaci, Centurion

  • Justin Timmins, Maritime Union of Australia 

  • Lynda Douglas, Australian Defence Force 

  • Matt Zadow, Team Global Express 

  • Tanya Smith, Transit Systems 

  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Representative - TBC, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) 

For any enquiries about the Transport and Logistics Strategic Workforce Planning Committee, contact the Industry Engagement Manager, Camilla Elmes.



Draft 2024 Workforce Plan

Workforce Plans set out the workforce development challenges and opportunities facing the industry and serve as a roadmap for the future by identifying what industry, the national skills system and governments need to do to build an agile, highly productive and resilient workforce.

For more information about the Workforce Plans please contact Camilla Elmes.

2023 Initial Workforce Plan

Workforce Planning is the strategic centrepiece for Jobs and Skills Councils to inform and establish each of their other functions. An Initial Workforce Plan has been developed by Industry Skills Australia for each of our four industries: Maritime, Rail, Transport and Logistics (including Omni-channel Logistics and Distribution) and Aviation (including Space Transport and Logistics). 

In developing the Initial Workforce Plan, we leveraged our deep understanding of ‘the state of play’ across each of the four industries to produce four Skills Priorities Papers. These papers outlined common megatrends impacting industries and specific workforce challenges and opportunities.  Following targeted consultation with ‘critical friends’ including State and Territory Training Authorities, these Skills Priorities Papers formed the backbone of our workforce plans. 

Informed by this consultation and a quantitative and qualitative evidence base, Industry Skills Australia’s 2023 Initial Workforce Plans provide an important baseline for our Strategic Workforce Planning Committees as they embark on developing the 2024 Workforce Plans for their sectors. 




A Career in Road Transport is diverse and financially rewarding.

It is not just about driving trucks – road transport incorporates bus and coach operations and there are interesting career pathways for people with a variety of education and work backgrounds. New technologies are reshaping the industry with an increase in the use of automated and semi-automated vehicles which means that the workforce will need to be skilled in such things as digital literacy and data analytics. With Australia’s growth in freight and passenger movement set to explode – don’t miss your chance to work in one of Australia’s fastest growing and innovative industries.


You could be part of Australia’s expanding supply chain moving millions of goods around the country by taking up one of many fulfilling careers that are available in the logistics and warehousing industry.

With rapid advances in technology, employers are seeking highly-skilled, dynamic and energetic people who play an important role of getting products to people. This is something that affects everyone, every day and with sophisticated automation and robotics, the warehousing and logistics industry is revolutionising both domestically and internationally.

Your Industry Engagement Manager

Camilla Elmes

Camilla is a dynamic and results-driven professional, with a diverse work history and passion for fostering meaningful connections with her stakeholders across a range of industries including telecommunications, government and hospitality. Over the past eight years, she has honed her expertise in training and skill development specifically tailored for the Transport and Logistics sectors. Her experience encompasses a unique blend of providing extensive industry support and workable solutions to meet industry needs.

How to get involved

Great ideas to address these challenges and many more can come from anyone and anywhere. Whether you’d like to collaborate with us, share your ideas, get involved in our activities, or simply stay informed, get in touch now to join us on the journey.

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