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Truck Offsider

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

Also known as Freight Handler.

Truck offsiders assist truck drivers to load and unload goods on trucks.

Truck offsiders may work in a range of industries, including furniture removals and retail.

In some cases, where carriers travel long distances and interstate, offsiders may spend days away from home.

They may also share driving duties if they hold the required truck drivers licence.


    Truck offsiders may perform the following tasks:

  • carry heavy items up and down stairs
  • make sure items are protected from scratches and pack delicate items in a secure manner so they will not break during a move
  • complete paperwork
  • assist with navigation and truck maintenance on long-distance trips
  • direct drivers when reversing into tight spots


  • enjoy practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • capable of lifting and carrying heavy items
  • able to follow instructions

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor


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

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

You can also become a truck offsider through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Driving Operations.

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

Additional Information

    Some employers prefer truck offsiders to have a truck drivers licence.

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


Opportunities for truck offsiders are mainly in the private sector, although some offsiders are employed by government organisations. Work may be on a casual basis.

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Job Outlook for Truck Offsider Australian Trucking Association Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Transport Workers' Union of Australia (NSW/ACT) Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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