Laundry Workers (General) sort, clean, iron, fold and package linen, clothing and other garments in a commercial laundry.

Specialisations: Folding Machine Operator, Linen Sorter.

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

Tasks

  • Sorts articles for cleaning according to type, colour, fabric and cleaning treatment required.
  • Places sorted articles into receptacles and onto conveyor belts for moving to repair and cleaning areas.
  • Checks for and removes stains from garments, and makes minor repairs such as replacing buttons.
  • Loads and unloads washing machines, driers and extractors.
  • Adds cleaning agents and starches to articles.
  • Smoothes articles and guides them through cleaning and pressing machines.
  • Stops and starts machines to untangle, straighten and remove articles.
  • Irons and presses clean articles.
  • Places articles on shelves or on hangers for delivery or collection.
  • Packages articles and prepares orders for dispatch.

More about Laundry Workers

All Laundry Workers

  • $937 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Laundry Workers (General)

  • 10,200 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 70% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Laundry Workers (General) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 11,300 in 2011 to 10,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Laundry Workers (General) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (60%).
  • Gender: 70% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Services54.6
Health Care and Social Assistance28.4
Accommodation and Food Services5.8
Administrative and Support Services5.3
Other Industries5.9

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 Workers (General)All Jobs Average
NSW32.031.6
VIC21.725.6
QLD20.920.0
SA7.27.0
WA11.810.8
TAS3.52.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.31.9

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 Workers (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.3-5.05.0
20-245.9-9.39.3
25-3415.3-22.922.9
35-4417.0-22.022.0
45-5427.2-21.621.6
55-5915.6-9.09.0
60-6411.4-6.06.0
65 and Over5.3-4.24.2

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 Workers (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree8.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.9-21.121.1
Year 1225.0-18.118.1
Year 117.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below40.4-12.512.5

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

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence

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.

Useful links and resources


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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