Drycleaners clean clothing, garments, upholstery and other fabrics using dry-cleaning agents and machines.

    You can work as a Drycleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Sorts articles according to colour, condition and type of material and decides on type of treatment to be given.
    • May make minor repairs such as replacing buttons.
    • Places articles in drum and fastens cover before operating valves to feed chemical solution into machine.
    • Operates controls to rotate drum or agitate contents, drains off solution after stopping machine.
    • Removes articles and packs them into hand truck.
    • Removes spots and stains by rubbing them with solvents.
    • Filters solution after use to make it fit for re-use.
    • May do pressing using machine or heated flat iron.
    • Places articles on shelves or on hangers for delivery or collection.
    • Packages articles and prepares orders for dispatch.

    All Laundry Workers

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

    Drycleaners

    • 2,200 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 58% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Drycleaners (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,500 in 2011 to 2,200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Drycleaners work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 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 (63%).
    • Gender: 58% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Services92.9
    Administrative and Support Services3.5
    Accommodation and Food Services1.4
    Retail Trade0.9
    Other Industries1.3

    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.
    StateDrycleanersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.531.6
    VIC30.225.6
    QLD11.420.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA9.510.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT1.71.9

    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 BracketDrycleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.2-5.05.0
    20-246.0-9.39.3
    25-3411.4-22.922.9
    35-4415.4-22.022.0
    45-5428.3-21.621.6
    55-5916.0-9.09.0
    60-6411.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationDrycleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV15.6-21.121.1
    Year 1229.0-18.118.1
    Year 115.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Drycleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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    Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

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    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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    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.

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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.

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