Stevedores manually load and unload transportation vehicles, such as large moving vans, railroad cars, and ships. Stevedores use moving equipment to transport items to and from storage facilities.

Duties and tasks

  • Attaches identification tags to items in preparation for transportation
  • Guides truck drivers through tight spaces
  • Installs protective devises to keep items from shifting during transportation
  • Moves freight or other items to and from storage areas
  • Records number of items that will be transported
  • Sorts items before loading and unloading

Skills required

  • A drivers license
  • Able to accomplish tasks quickly
  • Effectively uses communication systems
  • Pays attention to work orders
  • Physically able to move and lift heavy items

Working conditions

Stevedores must physically be able to handle the demands of the job, for there is a lot of climbing, lifting, shoving and carrying of items involved. Much of the time is spent outdoors, and you have to be willing to deal with all kinds of weather. Some Stevedores are hired seasonally only.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Furniture Removers Association
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA)
The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Inc. (CBFCA)
Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council

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  • Commercial Removalist
  • Freight Traffic Controller
  • Import/Export Clerk
  • Office Mover
  • Packer
  • Shipping Officer/Clerk
  • Transport Clerk
  • Truck Despatcher
  • Truck Driver