Other Cleaners clean surfaces, materials and objects, such as carpets, windows, walls, swimming pools and cooling towers, using specialised cleaning equipment and chemicals. Carpet Cleaners and Window Cleaners are included here.

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 a Certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • cleaning carpets and upholstered furniture using cleaning machines and their attachments
  • selecting and applying cleaning agents to remove stains from carpets, windows and surfaces
  • filling carpet cleaning machines with water and other cleaning agents
  • pushing pile-lifting machines over carpets and brushing pile to raise and fluff nap
  • treating carpets with soil-repellent chemicals and deodorants, and treating for pests
  • using ladders, swinging scaffolds, bosun's chairs, hydraulic bucket trucks and other equipment to reach and clean windows in multi-storey buildings
  • cleaning stone walls, metal surfaces, fascias and window frames using high pressure water cleaners and solvents
  • applying chemicals and high pressure cleaning methods to remove micro-organisms from water and filtration systems, and using wet vacuums and other suction equipment to remove scale, accumulated dirt and other deposits from swimming pools, cooling tower components and drains

Job Titles

  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Other Cleaners
  • Carpet Cleaner

    Cleans carpets, rugs and furniture upholstery using powder, liquid and steam cleaning methods, and applies soil-repellent chemicals and deodorants.

    Specialisations: Upholstery Cleaner

  • Window Cleaner

    Cleans interior and exterior window surfaces.

  • Other Cleaners

    Includes Chimney Sweep, Graffiti Cleaner, High Pressure Cleaner, Swimming Pool Cleaner

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 12,800 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 49.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.2 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 12.8% female Gender Share

The number of Other Cleaners grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 12,800 in 2017 to 12,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Cleaners work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Other Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (49%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56.1%).
  • Gender: 12.8% 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
200715400
200812800
200913300
20109600
201112600
201211900
201314800
201413800
201512600
201616700
201712800
202212100

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 Services64.1
Other Services12.5
Construction4.8
Public Administration and Safety4.8
Other Industries13.8

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 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.
StateOther CleanersAll Jobs Average
NSW19.731.6
VIC30.626.2
QLD23.819.7
SA10.26.7
WA12.810.8
TAS1.12.0
NT1.21.1
ACT0.51.8

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 BracketOther CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.6-5.25.2
20-243.7-9.99.9
25-3419.9-23.623.6
35-4417.6-21.721.7
45-5423.1-20.820.8
55-5915.9-8.88.8
60-6412.0-6.06.0
65 and Over5.1-4.04.0

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 QualificationOther CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.4-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV32.3-18.918.9
Year 1231.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1018.7-17.717.7
Below Year 109-8.18.1

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 a Certificate III or IV.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Important

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

  2. Transportation

    59% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Administration and Management

    57% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. English Language

    56% Important

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

  5. Public Safety and Security

    55% Important

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

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Activities

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

  1. Getting Information

    70% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    70% Important

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

  3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    67% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    60% Important

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

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    60% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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