Domestic Cleaners clean and tidy private dwellings such as houses, units, flats, apartments and townhouses.

    You can work as a Domestic Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in cleaning operations might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • vacuuming carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture
    • sweeping, mopping, waxing and polishing tiled, vinyl, timber and concrete floors
    • tidying rooms, emptying wastepaper bins and removing refuse and recyclable material
    • cleaning, disinfecting and deodorising kitchens, bathrooms and toilets
    • dusting, cleaning and polishing furniture and other homewares
    • cleaning windows and other glass surfaces

    All Domestic Cleaners

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 34,800 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 16% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 77% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Domestic Cleaners (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 31,300 in 2014 to 34,800 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Location: Domestic Cleaners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Accommodation and Food Services.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (16%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
    • Gender: 77% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200923900
    201027400
    201132000
    201231200
    201331300
    201431300
    201528100
    201630500
    201734100
    201831700
    201934800
    202437100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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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)
    Administrative and Support Services83.7
    Health Care and Social Assistance6.5
    Accommodation and Food Services1.7
    Other Services1.4
    Other Industries6.7

    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.
    StateDomestic CleanersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.331.6
    VIC22.125.6
    QLD22.120.0
    SA8.17.0
    WA11.010.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT0.81.0
    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 BracketDomestic CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.05.0
    20-244.7-9.39.3
    25-3415.2-22.922.9
    35-4421.3-22.022.0
    45-5428.4-21.621.6
    55-5912.7-9.09.0
    60-649.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.5-4.24.2

    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 QualificationDomestic CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.1-21.121.1
    Year 1224.4-18.118.1
    Year 117.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below31.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Domestic Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in cleaning operations might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check

    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 Domestic Cleaners who are responsible, trustworthy and reliable with the ability to work independently.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      53% Skill level

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

    2. Education and training

      40% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. English language

      36% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and management

      34% Skill level

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

    5. Transportation

      31% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

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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, 37-2012.00 - 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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend time standing

      95% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    2. Bending or twisting your body

      93% Important

      Spend time bending or twisting your body.

    3. Contact with people

      89% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      86% Important

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

    5. Making repetitive motions

      85% Important

      Spend time making repetitive motions.

    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, 37-2012.00 - Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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