McHarry’s Buslines Changing Geelong for Women

Posted: 3rd Jul

One company can’t change the world of opportunities for women in our region, but local grown Geelong company, McHarry’s Buslines, would like to try.

Judy Balmer, McHarry’s Recruitment and Training Coordinator, explains.

 “Driving heavy vehicles has traditionally been a male dominated role and one that many women don’t consider as a career option.

“ But we are a good employment choice for women.  We have a variety of driving roles to fit into a range of lifestyles, including part time hours.  Women make wonderful drivers, and often have just the right interpersonal skills to fit the role.”

John McHarry started the company in 1932.   Working as a master builder at the Geelong Plant of the Ford Motor Company of Australia he carried his own employees to the plant in his work truck. It wasn’t long before he was inundated with requests from the Ford workforce for a ride to work. Today his grandson, also named John McHarry, and great grandson, Ash McHarry, employ around 320 people, operate over 200 buses, and have plans for a long future as a proud Geelong family owned and operated business. A big part of these plans include attracting women to roles they might once never have considered. 

Women particularly find McHarry’s  family  friendly  career pathway easy to accommodate into their work life balance. Employees typically start in a casual role, where they can get a feel for the industry and the organisation, then when opportunities arise they opt to move into a fulltime role.


Amanda started driving with McHarry’s at the start of 2019.  She was new to the industry and came from a long history as a business owner in the hospitality industry. She started with a straightforward run, now that she has settled into the role and is ready for a new challenge, she will soon complete training in various Route Services. Amanda says “the best part of my day is when I get in my bus.”

Jo has been driving McHarry’s buses for many years.  She started as a driver and then took on an Administration role within the business.  Jo has continued driving when needed and enjoys getting back behind the wheel.  She also assists with Special Needs school runs as a supervisor when required. 

Judy Balmer, Recruitment and Training Coordinator, feels fortunate to be working at McHarry’s where training and all staff are highly valued.

 “It is a family owned and operated business that does its best to look after the health and wellbeing of all staff members. “

McHarry’s supportive working environment includes an onsite Gym, Bowen Therapy and programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Geelong’s Careers that Move

McHarry’s is growing with Geelong. 

Geelong’s transport industry is one of the fastest growing in the region. Geelong is at the hub of a road, rail, air and sea transport web. Moving people and products around has created 5.7% more jobs in our region since the 2011 census.  Follow the link to find out more about careers that move

 McHarry’s is  proud of its long Geelong history, and its modern  diverse culture.

 “It is an exciting time for Geelong and also for the continued future of McHarry’s.  As a company we continue to make significant investment in our facilities, fleet, and the training & development of all employees to deliver the safety and service expected of us.”