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Porter - Hotel/Motel

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

Also known as Doorperson, Luggage Person and Luggage Porter. Porters carry luggage for guests in hotels and motels, and for passengers in transport terminals. They also show guests to their rooms, berths or cabins, and provide other guest services.

Porters generally work shifts and have a high level of contact with the public, often working with large tour groups.

Employers usually provide uniforms and some employers will provide meals to on-duty staff.


    Porters may perform the following tasks:

  • take baggage, tag it and give identification slips to guests or passengers
  • load or unload luggage and take it to the receiving area
  • carry luggage and show incoming guests to rooms
  • explain details of hotel room services and facilities to guests as they arrive
  • provide maps and organise taxis and transportation for guests
  • carry the luggage of departing guests to cars, buses or taxis
  • talk with transport carriers to make travel arrangements and retrieve lost luggage
  • page guests and run errands
  • park and retrieve guest vehicles
  • maintain cleanliness and appearance of the front of house area


  • enjoy working with people
  • neat personal appearance
  • alert and perceptive
  • good interpersonal skills
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to communicate effectively in English
  • good knowledge of the local area

Interest Area

Helping/Community Service Manual/Practical Influencing/Personal Contact


Concierge - organises and books tours, transport and entertainment for guests, and provides them with information and maps for the local area. A concierge also assists guests and staff with safety and emergency procedures.


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Licence

You can work as a porter without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a porter through a traineeship in Hospitality.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    The ability to speak a second language may be an advantage. A current drivers licence is required for valet parking of guest vehicles.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Porters are mainly employed in the larger international standard hotels.

There are opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industries for further training, and experienced porters may eventually be promoted to duty managers or front office managers.

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