What do Cleaners do?
Cleaners perform different functions that keep a variety of environments dust, dirt, and germ free depending on what’s required.
If you’re good at managing your time, punctual and trustworthy, looking for a career where you’re on the go all the time and able to work on your own or as part of a team, becoming a cleaner could be worth considering.
- Methodical, efficient and attentive – ensuring that nothing is missed
- Honest, reliable and proactive; entrusted to access all areas, lock up, and deal with any problems that could arise
- Practical with a reasonable level of fitness and stamina
- Dusting, vacuuming, mopping, sanitising, emptying bins
- Refilling supplies, cleaning up after spills and breakages
- Co-ordinating duties with other team members and the client
- Replacing and reordering cleaning supplies, operation of equipment
- Following health & safety procedures and other job specific protocols
- Responsible for leaving premises secure at the end of each job
Lifestyle Impact: Medium
- Part Time opportunities: High (67% workers are part time – Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
- Below average hours for full-time workers (average 42 per week)
- Cleaner salary (average) *$60,000 per year (Source: indeed.com) *Calculated based on full time hours, varies depending on the type of cleaning job, hours per week and location.
- Future career growth: *Moderate (Source: joboutlook.gov.au) The cleaning industry is predicted to grow post COVID-19
- You’ll have to be on site to do the job and often work outside of normal business hours including nights and weekends
Cleaners are in demand in these locations:
Cleaners are in demand all over Australia. Many cleaners work in industrial areas cleaning factories and workshops, or cleaning offices and commercial areas. Some work as housecleaners, and they are often required to move from job to job so own transport is a must.
How to become a Cleaner in Australia
There are no formal qualification requirements for most cleaning jobs in Australia.
Step 1 – Successfully complete Year 10
Step 2 – Try and get some relevant work experience, add it to your resume and ask for someone to be a reference
Step 3 – There’s often a requirement to have a National Police Check as you may be working in secure or private environments, trusted with access to all areas and responsible for locking up
Step 4 – Consider obtaining a relevant qualification or undertaking a traineeship (where you’ll receive training that could count towards work experience). For example:
Step 5 – You may also need to apply for the relevant working with children card if you’re applying for jobs in childcare centres, schools and hospitals.
If you’re working on industrial and commercial sites you may need to do workplace health & safety courses or induction training.
Some cleaning jobs might also require you to have a driver’s license or be trained to safely use specific pieces of equipment.
To work as a Trauma / Crime Scene Cleaner, in addition to police clearance (and a strong stomach), you may need:
- Biohazard waste training
- Medical- Grade chemicals handling training
- Additional screening from hospitals or other institutions
Step 6 – Potential to become a business owner and start your own business, purchase a franchise, or study and apply for promotions within the office team.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Do I need qualifications to become a Cleaner in Australia?
No, most cleaning jobs won’t require formal qualifications and may provide on-the-job training. Having qualifications and work experience could make you a more appealing candidate when you’re applying though.
Where do Cleaners work?
Cleaners work everywhere – in private homes, councils, churches, gyms, hotels, resorts, retail, restaurants, hospitals, childcare centres, schools, offices, laboratories, manufacturing plants, industrial and construction sites, and in a variety of other commercial settings.
Are cleaners all the same?
No there are lots of different types of cleaners, with specialist skills and who work in different areas.
A few include:
- Domestic / Residential Cleaners
- Commercial Cleaners
- Industrial Cleaners
- Carpet Cleaners
- Dry Cleaners
- Car Detailers
- Window Cleaners
- Pool Cleaners
- Crime Scene or Trauma Cleaners