Commercial Cleaners clean offices, residential complexes, hospitals, schools, industrial work areas, industrial machines, construction sites and other commercial premises using heavy duty cleaning equipment.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • vacuuming carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture
  • cleaning, dusting and polishing furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • removing rubbish and recyclable material, and emptying containers, bins and trays
  • stripping wax from floors, re-waxing and polishing floors
  • cleaning and disinfecting laundry and bathroom fixtures, replenishing supplies and reporting defective plumbing fixtures
  • operating industrial vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machines
  • removing dust and dirt from ceilings, walls, overhead pipes and fixtures
  • applying acids and solvents to surfaces to remove stains and dirt
  • removing lint, dust, soot, oil, grease, sludge and other residues from machines, hulls and holds of ships, and interiors and exteriors of furnaces, boilers and tanks
  • may clean exteriors of buildings by sand-blasting and applying solvents

Job Titles

  • Commercial Cleaner
  • Commercial Cleaner

    Specialisations: Aircraft Cabin Cleaner, School Cleaner

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $896 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    136,300
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    44.2%
  • Female Share

    55.8%
  • Full-Time Share

    38.1%

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This is a very large occupation employing 136,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Commercial Cleaners work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Administrative and Support Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $896 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
2005150700
2006141200
2007136400
2008137600
2009160800
2010151800
2011157400
2012162600
2013153400
2014144300
2015136300
2020129300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsCommercial CleanersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8961230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCommercial CleanersAll Jobs Average
Full-time38.168.4
Part-time61.931.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.840.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Administrative and Support Services51.1
Health Care and Social Assistance11.5
Accommodation and Food Services10.9
Education and Training7.1
Other Industries19.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommercial CleanersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.331.8
VIC22.525.5
QLD20.819.8
SA8.16.8
WA11.711.2
TAS2.62.0
NT1.21.1
ACT0.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommercial CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryCommercial CleanersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males44.2Males53.6
Females55.8Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCommercial CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7.3-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.5-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.5-18.918.9
Year 1224.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1026.8-17.717.7
Below Year 1013.5-8.18.1

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Commercial Cleaners who are reliable, trustworthy and have a good work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English Language

    60% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Public Safety and Security

    59% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  4. Administration and Management

    49% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Mechanical

    45% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    71% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    69% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    64% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Getting Information

    61% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    60% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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