How to become a Transport Clerk

Transport clerks check the contents and related documents of freight goods. They tally and record the consignment and destination details of articles, containers and passengers. They also make freight or transport bookings, as well as related arrangements.

Personal requirements of a Transport Clerk

  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisation skills
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Able to learn to use electronic trading systems

Education & Training for a Transport Clerk

You can work as a transport clerk without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a transport clerk through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Transport Clerk

Transport clerks:

  • check the number of articles or containers in consignments of goods received or dispatched
  • make sure articles are in good condition and correspond to invoices, manifests or other records
  • arrange internal distribution of goods received
  • prepare and attach documentation to articles to be dispatched
  • make sure clearance procedures (such as payment of any customs entry fees or duties) are carried out
  • dispatch goods and arrange delivery promptly on arrival
  • spend time packing and unpacking goods in warehouses
  • drive between wharves, container terminals, airports and government departments
  • weigh and calculate cubic dimensions of items
  • contact senders to fix shortages and arrange replacement of damaged goods
  • maintain records of receipts and dispatches
  • undertake clerical work such as filing, accounting, updating customs records, preparing correspondence and inputting and retrieving information from computers.

Working conditions for a Transport Clerk

Transport clerks who work for large organisations may work alongside other clerks in city offices. However, import/export firms often employ only one transport clerk who works in a small office.

Employment Opportunities for a Transport Clerk

Transport clerks are employed by firms involved in the movement of goods. These include shipping agents, import/export companies, freight forwarding and storage companies and road haulage firms. Wholesalers and large manufacturing firms may also employ transport clerks. Demand is influenced by the state of the economy, the level of imports/exports and the use of computer technology to keep records of the movement of goods.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

NSW 31.2%

NT 0.9%

QLD 20.5%

SA 6.5%

TAS 1.4%

VIC 27.3%

WA 11.4%

ACT 0.7%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 65%

Female 35%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 25.4%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 25.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 21.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 11.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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