Laundry Workers sort, clean, fold, iron and package linen, clothing and other items in laundries and drycleaning establishments, and private residences.

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 three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • sorting articles for cleaning according to the type, colour, fabric and cleaning treatment required
  • placing sorted articles into receptacles and onto conveyor belts for moving to repair and cleaning areas
  • checking and removing stains from garments, and replacing buttons and making minor repairs
  • loading and unloading washing machines, driers and extractors
  • adding cleaning agents and starches to articles
  • smoothing articles and guiding them through cleaning and pressing machines
  • stopping and starting machines to untangle, straighten and remove articles
  • ironing and pressing clean articles
  • placing articles on shelves and hanging articles for delivery and collection
  • packaging articles and preparing orders for despatch

Job Titles

  • Laundry Worker (General)
  • Drycleaner
  • Ironer or Presser
  • Laundry Worker (General)

    Sorts, cleans, irons, folds and packages linen, clothing and other garments in a commercial laundry.

    Specialisations: Folding Machine Operator, Linen Sorter

  • Drycleaner

    Cleans clothing, garments, upholstery and other fabrics using drycleaning agents and machines.

  • Ironer or Presser

    Irons or presses garments and other fabrics, such as delicate and formal wear, in a commercial laundry or private residence.

Fast Facts

  • $795 Weekly Pay
  • 13,200 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 52.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.3 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 72.8% female Gender Share

The number of Laundry Workers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 13,200 in 2018 to 13,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Laundry Workers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $795 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (52.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61.4%).
  • Gender: 72.8% 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 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200817000
200914800
201019700
201111600
201217300
201314500
201415200
201513600
201613100
201719200
201813200
202313800

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.
EarningsLaundry WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings7951230

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)
Other Services62.4
Health Care and Social Assistance28.9
Accommodation and Food Services3.5
Education and Training1.3
Other Industries3.9

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.
StateLaundry WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.831.6
VIC29.626.2
QLD22.719.7
SA8.36.7
WA7.010.8
TAS3.62.0
NT0.81.1
ACT0.21.8

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 BracketLaundry WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.0-5.25.2
20-244.4-9.99.9
25-3412.7-23.623.6
35-4417.4-21.721.7
45-5429.7-20.820.8
55-5913.5-8.88.8
60-6413.1-6.06.0
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 QualificationLaundry WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree17.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV21.9-18.918.9
Year 1229.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1015.6-17.717.7
Below Year 1015.6-8.18.1

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 three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

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.
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  • You might be interested in Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

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. Production and Processing

    62% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. English Language

    59% Important

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

  4. Public Safety and Security

    59% Important

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

  5. Mathematics

    56% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Activities

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

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    75% Important

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

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    73% 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. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    73% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  4. Controlling Machines and Processes

    72% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    70% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

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