How to become a Transport Administrator

Transport administrators plan, organise and control the operational activities of road, rail, air and water transport.

Personal requirements of a Transport Administrator

  • Good managerial and organisational skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Transport Administrator

To become a transport administrator you usually have to complete a traineeship in Logistics. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school. You can also become a transport administrator through a VET qualification in logistics or purchasing. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a business or commerce degree with a major in logistics, supply chain management or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer relevant degrees. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Transport Administrator

Transport administrators may perform the following tasks:

  • coordinate transport and related staff
  • devise or approve methods and procedures for operating freight and passenger services, time schedules and routes
  • review passenger and freight rate structures (where these are not controlled by government agencies and transport associations)
  • help develop transport operating policies.

Employment Opportunities for a Transport Administrator

Transport administrators are employed by major airlines, shipping companies, import and export firms, public transport authorities, large road transport firms, freight forwarders, courier services, and bus and coach operators. They may also work in consulting firms concerned with transport logistics or warehousing studies.

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