Contact us

Phone: 13 64 64 or (08)9224 6500
Site search



Occupation search

Occupation Search

Furniture removalist

Back to top

Summary of occupation

Furniture removalists move domestic and commercial furniture between different locations locally or interstate. Activities may include examining the items to be moved, packing and labelling articles, loading goods and boxes into trucks and ensuring that they are completely secure, driving to and from locations, then unloading and unpacking items. They may also be required to keep an inventory of items, and maintain or clean their truck.

ANZSCO description: Drives a removal van or truck to move household and office furniture and equipment between locations. Registration or licensing is required.
Alternative names: Furniture Remover, Remover
Specialisations: Commercial Removalist, Office Mover, Piano Removalist
Job prospects: Good
Back to top

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A furniture removalist needs:

  • to enjoy practical work
  • to be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects
  • to have a safe driving record
  • to have some mechanical aptitude
  • good communication skills.
Back to top

Working conditions

Furniture removalists may work long hours and be away from home for extended periods, especially if they drive country or interstate. The work can involve lots of lifting.

Back to top

Salary details

On average furniture removalists, classified under truck drivers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a furniture removalist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Back to top

Tools and technologies

Furniture removalists may need to be able to drive loading equipment such as forklifts, as well as large removal vans.

Back to top

Education and training/entrance requirements

It is possible to work as a furniture removalist without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a traineeship in furniture removal. The traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.  

​You must gain appropriate licences for driving vehicles and operating equipment.

Related courses

Back to top

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

Related apprenticeships

Back to top

Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

Back to top


Related links

Related occupations

Need advice?

Profile and social options