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

    You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in laundry operations might be helpful.

    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

    More about Laundry Workers

    All Laundry Workers

    All Laundry Workers

    • $937 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 13,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 69% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Laundry Workers (in their main job) 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 medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Laundry Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $937 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 69% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings9371460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services62.3
    Health Care and Social Assistance21.9
    Administrative and Support Services5.0
    Accommodation and Food Services4.8
    Other Industries6.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLaundry WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.831.6
    VIC23.525.6
    QLD19.420.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA11.410.8
    TAS3.22.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT1.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLaundry WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.6-5.05.0
    20-245.9-9.39.3
    25-3414.2-22.922.9
    35-4416.8-22.022.0
    45-5427.4-21.621.6
    55-5915.8-9.09.0
    60-6411.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate2.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.5-21.121.1
    Year 1225.5-18.118.1
    Year 117.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below38.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in laundry operations might be helpful.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

    Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Public safety and security

      41% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and personal service

      37% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Production and processing

      36% Skill level

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

    4. English language

      35% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and management

      35% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and 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.

    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend time standing

      92% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    2. Health and safety of others

      85% Important

      Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

    3. Making repetitive motions

      83% Important

      Spend time making repetitive motions.

    4. Pace of work set by equipment

      82% Important

      Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

    5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      82% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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