Bus Driver Shortage Spurs Major Recruitment Drive

Sunshine Coast depot to host first driver open house on Thursday April 15, 2021

Local bus operator, CDC Queensland is throwing open its doors and is ready to engage up to 50 new essential workers, adding around 35 drivers in the Sunshine Coast and 15 in Gladstone over the next 12 months.

CDC Queensland, a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC), one of the country’s largest bus transport operators, provides vital services for millions of passengers in two of the state’s largest regional centres.

The company operates the Sunshine Coast school bus network, providing more than 200 daily school bus services covering more than 50 schools, stretching from Noosa and Pomona in the north, to Caloundra in the south and west to Nambour and the Hinterland. CDC Gladstone drivers deliver both school bus and urban transport services.

CDC Queensland General Manager Operations, Lisa Parker said the bus industry had faced shortages for many years and was opening its major Sunshine Coast depot for the first time to give prospective drivers a rare chance to go behind the scenes.

“The Driver Info Day to be held on Thursday 15 April from 9am to 12pm at our Kunda Park depot, is a great opportunity to welcome people to our industry, especially those considering a switch to a stable career alternative during such tough times.

“Our driver team is made up of people of all ages and stages, including a beekeeper, an ex-NRL referee, a vacuum store franchisee, an ex-veterinarian nurse, and a former bank manager, who all love what they do.

“In fact, a good percentage of our drivers are semi-retirees who are attracted by the job lifestyle – the flexibility and dependability of the Monday to Friday school term hours as they head into their retirement years.

“Not only is becoming a bus driver a rewarding job, it’s also a long-term career opportunity. All you need for starters are great customer service skills, a car licence and good driving record, and we’ll help you with all the rest.” 

The opportunity exists for up to seven school bus drivers to start immediately across the Sunshine Coast and Gladstone depots with additional positions to be filled as vacancies arise during the year.

CDC’s Sunshine Coast depots are situated at Kunda Park, Noosa, Caloundra, and Coolum, with the Gladstone depot centrally located in Lyons Street.

CDC Queensland employs more than 200 people statewide, also offering charter services for special events, weddings, charities, sporting clubs, and other recreational groups.

The Sunshine Coast Driver Info Day event will include an up-close-and-personal Q&A session with the CDC team and a behind-the-scenes depot tour. Prospective drivers will be able to take to the road with a qualified driver to experience what being a CDC Queensland trainee would be like and get a taste for the school bus driver lifestyle.

Spots are limited so early registration is recommended. For information call (07) 5476 6622, email or register at cdcqueensland.com.au/careers/driver-info-day/