Caretakers maintain and clean residential buildings, schools, offices, holiday camps, caravan parks and associated grounds.

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.

Tasks

  • filling out registration forms and providing tenants with copies of rules
  • collecting rent, and filling out and issuing receipts
  • cleaning common facilities, grounds and gardens, replacing light bulbs, checking fire hoses and extinguishers, and performing other cleaning and maintenance tasks
  • notifying management and owners of buildings of the need for major repairs
  • cautioning tenants regarding excessive noise, disorderly conduct and abuse of property
  • patrolling buildings to ensure security is maintained
  • purchasing cleaning supplies

Job Titles

  • Caretaker
  • Caretaker

    Specialisations: Janitor

Fast Facts

  • $957 Weekly Pay
  • 5,500 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 61.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 33.7 hours Average full-time
  • 53 years Average age
  • 10.3% female Gender Share

The number of Caretakers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 5,500 in 2017 to 5,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Caretakers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $957 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61.7%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 33.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (77.5%).
  • Gender: 10.3% 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
20075600
20084800
20094500
20107100
20116600
20125100
20136900
20145900
20157000
20167600
20175500
20225600

Weekly Earnings

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.
EarningsCaretakersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9571230

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)
Education and Training50.6
Public Administration and Safety13.4
Construction6.3
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services5.6
Other Industries24.1

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.
StateCaretakersAll Jobs Average
NSW42.231.6
VIC16.426.2
QLD18.219.7
SA8.86.7
WA7.210.8
TAS3.12.0
NT2.21.1
ACT1.91.8

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 BracketCaretakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-246.6-9.99.9
25-348.0-23.623.6
35-448.0-21.721.7
45-5435.8-20.820.8
55-5910.7-8.88.8
60-6416.6-6.06.0
65 and Over14.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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.

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

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Caretakers who are caring, trustworthy and responsible.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

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

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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