Becoming a tram driver

We're looking for driven women

Be part of a team of more than 2170 dedicated employees in the Yarra Trams family that keep Melburnians on track, taking them places on the world's largest tram network.

Before submitting an application, make sure tram driving is right for you.

Am I taking the right road?

  • Are you willing to work shifts including weekends, late nights, early mornings and public holidays?
  • Are you willing to undergo six weeks of training and be put on a trainee roster and trainee wage for 12 months?
  • Do you enjoy helping people and interacting with the general public?
  • Can you follow procedures and instructions without cutting corners?
  • Are you alert and able to pay attention to detail for long periods of time?
  • Do you look out for the safety of others?

Am I eligible to apply?

To be a tram driver, you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or have a visa that allows you to work in Australia
  • have proven customer service experience
  • have a current full Victorian Driver's Licence with at least two years' experience
  • have a safe driving record with no more than three demerit points lost in the past 12 months or more than six demerit points lost in the past three years
  • be healthy with no medical conditions such as heart disease or insulin dependent diabetes that may affect your ability to perform the role
  • be clear of a criminal record

If you answered YES to all of the above, keep reading!

How does the recruitment process work?

Joining Yarra Trams not only provides you with a secure job but also makes you an iconic part of the Melbourne experience.

As a result, we receive many applicants for each tram driver role and the process to select the best team is very comprehensive. However, for successful candidates, the end result of a secure yet flexible job on Melbourne's trams is a great reward.

Driver application process What training is provided?

The training program involves an intensive six-week training course, based both in the classroom and on the road. You are fully paid for the training you undertake.

The training is run by qualified depot trainers, operational trainers and a number of external providers and involves:

  • traffic laws
  • understanding traffic lights for trams
  • tram driving skills
  • safety and defensive driving
  • customer service
  • dealing with difficult people
  • vehicle familiarisation and fault finding

Practical training is undertaken on both a tram simulator and on the road under instruction from a trainer.

The training process involves regular assessments throughout the training period and a number of task observations.

Depending on which depot you are assigned to as a trainee, you may be required to attend additional training to cover a number of tram classes that you will drive.

What career opportunities are available?

Driver career opportunities

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