Other Cleaners clean surfaces, materials and objects, such as carpets, windows, walls, swimming pools and cooling towers, using specialised cleaning equipment and chemicals. Carpet Cleaners and Window Cleaners are included here.

    You can work as an Other Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • cleaning carpets and upholstered furniture using cleaning machines and their attachments
    • selecting and applying cleaning agents to remove stains from carpets, windows and surfaces
    • filling carpet cleaning machines with water and other cleaning agents
    • pushing pile-lifting machines over carpets and brushing pile to raise and fluff nap
    • treating carpets with soil-repellent chemicals and deodorants, and treating for pests
    • using ladders, swinging scaffolds, bosun's chairs, hydraulic bucket trucks and other equipment to reach and clean windows in multi-storey buildings
    • cleaning stone walls, metal surfaces, fascias and window frames using high pressure water cleaners and solvents
    • applying chemicals and high pressure cleaning methods to remove micro-organisms from water and filtration systems, and using wet vacuums and other suction equipment to remove scale, accumulated dirt and other deposits from swimming pools, cooling tower components and drains

    More about Other Cleaners

    All Other Cleaners

    All Other Cleaners

    • $1,385 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,400 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 50% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 12% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Cleaners (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 12,400 in 2018 to 11,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Cleaners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Other Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,385 per week (similar to 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 (50%, 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 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 12% 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
    200812800
    200913300
    20109600
    201112600
    201211800
    201314800
    201413800
    201512900
    201616900
    201712400
    201812400
    202311900

    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.
    EarningsOther CleanersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13851460

    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 Services53.4
    Other Services21.8
    Public Administration and Safety5.3
    Construction3.3
    Other Industries16.2

    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.
    StateOther CleanersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.131.6
    VIC22.025.6
    QLD22.220.0
    SA7.87.0
    WA13.910.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketOther CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.3-5.05.0
    20-247.9-9.39.3
    25-3418.2-22.922.9
    35-4420.5-22.022.0
    45-5425.5-21.621.6
    55-5911.0-9.09.0
    60-648.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV25.4-21.121.1
    Year 1223.3-18.118.1
    Year 118.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below29.6-12.512.5

    You can work as an Other Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • 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.

    Useful links and resources


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

    Employers look for Other Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      43% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      41% Skill level

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

    3. Transportation

      40% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      39% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      35% 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, 53-7061.00 - Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment.

    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. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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

    2. Spend Time Standing

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    3. Time Pressure

      88% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

    4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      87% Important

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

    5. Exposed to Contaminants

      84% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

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    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, 53-7061.00 - Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment.

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