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

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • 34,600 workers Employment Size
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • Higher unemployment Unemployment
    • 16.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 36.6 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 81.5% female Gender Share

    The number of Domestic Cleaners grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
    from 34,600 in 2017 to 36,000 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 29,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
    • Location: Domestic Cleaners work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Administrative and Support Services industry.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (16.4%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53.7%).
    • Gender: 81.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200723700
    200827700
    200923800
    201027400
    201131800
    201231000
    201331600
    201431000
    201528400
    201630500
    201734600
    202236000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services90.2
    Health Care and Social Assistance4.3
    Construction1.6
    Accommodation and Food Services1.5
    Other Industries2.4

    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 2017, 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
    NSW33.531.6
    VIC21.626.2
    QLD23.619.7
    SA9.96.7
    WA7.810.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.41.1
    ACT1.11.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-190.6-5.25.2
    20-243.9-9.99.9
    25-3417.1-23.623.6
    35-4424.7-21.721.7
    45-5423.4-20.820.8
    55-5916.6-8.88.8
    60-649.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.4-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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 & 1028-17.717.7
    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.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2012.00 - Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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