Local father of three, Jay Zmijewski is the Chief Operating Officer at Keolis Downer, managing the national bus business across the country including the Northern Beaches branch. From humble beginnings Jay shares his family legacy within the Transport industry, his disappointment with the current bus driver shortage and career opportunities for locals.

“My family has a long history in transport! My Great Grandmother was one of the many females to step in whilst the men were at war and was a tram conductor in North Sydney during World War 2. Then during a serious shortage of bus drivers in the late 60’s, women challenged the union’s stand on female bus drivers. Consequently, the NSW Government changed its policy on female bus drivers, and my grandmother, June Lusk was the first female bus driver in Sydney in 1970. It has been one of the few industries to pay equal wages for both men and women.”


June Lusk was the first female bus driver in Sydney in 1970


“My mother and father also worked at Brookvale Depot, and when I joined the ranks in 2000 as a cleaner and fueller, the night work suited me while I was at university.”

“It’s a difficult time with the current bus driver shortage. My family also lives and works locally, and we can see first-hand the impact the situation is having on the community. We are doing everything we can to improve driver numbers – they are increasing, but not as quickly as we would like”

“Lately, the perception of the industry has not been great, but the reality is our teams provide an essential service to the community. We know how easy it is to make someone’s day – Like waiting for someone who is running for the bus, giving a cheerful greeting to customers early in the morning and returning lost property to an anxious owner!”

“We have retained the same rates of pay and benefits of a government job, but as a private organisation our people have the ability to move throughout the ranks of a multinational company and enjoy the variety of professional experience that is associated with a global transport operator.”


Northern Beaches resident and Chief Operating Officer at Keolis Downer,

Jay Zmijewski, is on the recruitment trail.


“Many of our staff who start with Keolis Downer as bus drivers, often go on to find themselves working as Duty Officers, in the Operations and Control Centre or within the many administrative roles, from HR to Safety, to Training and Customer Experience.”

“We have come a long way since my grandmother was at the wheel and encourage anyone who wants to give bus driving a go to give us a call. If you have a full Australian driver’s licence, we are providing paid training including licence upgrades.”


CALL: 02 9941 5888 | VISIT: getbehindthewheel.com.au

We are looking for customer-focused people to join our team of bus drivers that help keep communities connected across Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore.

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