Job Description

Generally, cleaners will all undertake cleaning tasks and duties such as; tidying, scrubbing, wiping, washing, dusting, vacuuming, mopping or polishing furniture, work areas and machinery. Cleaners may be employed in a variety of areas such as within domestic, industrial, health, education and public settings. Cleaners may work irregular hours or split shifts, and may undertake work on a full-time, part-time or casual basis. There are sole traders who work alone, there are cleaning businesses who employ staff members, cleaning agencies who use self-employed cleaners, and cleaning franchises that are part of a larger National or International cleaning brand/company.

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You do not require formal qualifications to become a cleaner in Australia. A passionate interest in keeping things clean and tidy is a must. You will also be someone who has a keen eye for detail.

To start a career as a cleaner you may like volunteer for work experience.

Some employers may require you to have a police check.

To further your cleaning career, you may wish to specialise (for example as a window cleaner on multistorey buildings).

If you want to formalise your learning, undertake a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations or Certificate IV in Cleaning Management to assist you in working as a Cleaning Supervisor.


  • Autonomy
  • Communicator
  • Interpersonal
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Self-Motivator
  • Thorough
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Time Management
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Physical Stamina
  • Trustworthy

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;

  • Kitchenhand
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitperson