Streetsweeper Operators operate plants to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris.

    You can work as a Streetsweeper Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in mobile plant technology might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Drives sweeper over streets and gutters collecting litter and other debris.
    • Maintains equipment.

    All Other Mobile Plant Operators

    • $1,375 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Streetsweeper Operators

    • 530 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Streetsweeper Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 560 in 2011 to 530 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Streetsweeper Operators work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (73%).
    • Gender: 3% 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)
    Public Administration and Safety55.8
    Administrative and Support Services24.9
    Construction6.1
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5.7
    Other Industries7.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateStreetsweeper OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.231.6
    VIC36.325.6
    QLD9.820.0
    SA7.97.0
    WA12.310.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT0.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketStreetsweeper OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.3-9.39.3
    25-3411.4-22.922.9
    35-4414.4-22.022.0
    45-5430.7-21.621.6
    55-5919.1-9.09.0
    60-6415.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationStreetsweeper OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV30.4-21.121.1
    Year 1213.1-18.118.1
    Year 117.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below43.9-12.512.5

    You can work as a Streetsweeper Operator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in mobile plant technology might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • forklift licence
    • medium rigid (MR) driver's licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence

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    Employers look for Other Mobile Plant Operators who are trustworthy and responsible, can communicate with a variety of people and have good team work skills

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      58% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      58% Skill level

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

    3. Building and Construction

      55% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    4. Public Safety and Security

      55% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      51% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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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, 47-4051.00 - Highway Maintenance Workers.

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    2. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      92% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    3. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      92% Important

      How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

    4. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      90% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    5. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      87% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

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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, 47-4051.00 - Highway Maintenance Workers.

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