Domestic Cleaners clean and tidy private dwellings such as houses, units, flats, apartments and townhouses.

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
  • sweeping, mopping, waxing and polishing tiled, vinyl, timber and concrete floors
  • tidying rooms, emptying wastepaper bins and removing refuse and recyclable material
  • cleaning, disinfecting and deodorising kitchens, bathrooms and toilets
  • dusting, cleaning and polishing furniture and other homewares
  • cleaning windows and other glass surfaces

Job Titles

  • Domestic Cleaner

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      moderate
    • Skill Level

      High School or Certificate I
    • Employment Size

      32,300
    • Unemployment

      average
    • Male Share

      22.9%
    • Female Share

      77.1%
    • Full-Time Share

      16.7%

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    This is a large occupation employing 32,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
    Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Domestic Cleaners work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Administrative and Support Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Other Services.
    • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 33.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
    200526200
    200624200
    200725400
    200828000
    200922900
    201031000
    201129900
    201233400
    201329600
    201429000
    201532300
    202033400

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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    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.
    CategoryDomestic CleanersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time16.768.4
    Part-time83.331.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)33.840.0

    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 Services86.5
    Health Care and Social Assistance6.7
    Other Services1.7
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.3
    Other Industries3.8

    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.
    StateDomestic CleanersAll Jobs Average
    NSW34.131.8
    VIC24.225.5
    QLD18.919.8
    SA9.86.8
    WA8.711.2
    TAS1.82.0
    NT1.01.1
    ACT1.51.8

    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 BracketDomestic CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.45.4
    20-244.4-9.99.9
    25-3416.8-23.423.4
    35-4426.0-21.721.7
    45-5425.8-21.121.1
    55-599.0-8.78.7
    60-6410.3-5.95.9
    65 and Over6.8-3.83.8

    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.
    CategoryDomestic CleanersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males22.9Males53.6
    Females77.1Females46.4

    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 QualificationDomestic CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.5-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree3.1-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.8-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV22.2-18.918.9
    Year 1222.8-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 1028.0-17.717.7
    Below Year 107.7-8.18.1

    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 Domestic Cleaners who are responsible, trustworthy and reliable with the ability to work independently.

    Knowledge

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

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      75% 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

      57% Important

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

    4. Administration and Management

      54% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    5. Education and Training

      54% Important

      Teaching and course design.

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    Activities

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

    1. Performing General Physical Activities

      78% 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. Getting Information

      76% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    3. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

      76% Important

      Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

    4. Building Good Relationships

      75% Important

      Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

    5. Handling and Moving Objects

      75% Important

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

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