Commercial Cleaners clean offices, residential complexes, hospitals, schools, industrial work areas, industrial machines, construction sites and other commercial premises using heavy duty cleaning equipment.
Specialisations: Aircraft Cabin Cleaner, School Cleaner.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Commercial Cleaner. Some workers have a certificate II or III in cleaning operations.
vacuuming carpets, curtains and upholstered furniture
cleaning, dusting and polishing furniture, fixtures and fittings
removing rubbish and recyclable material, and emptying containers, bins and trays
stripping wax from floors, re-waxing and polishing floors
cleaning and disinfecting laundry and bathroom fixtures, replenishing supplies and reporting defective plumbing fixtures
operating industrial vacuum cleaners to clean floors, work areas and machines
removing dust and dirt from ceilings, walls, overhead pipes and fixtures
applying acids and solvents to surfaces to remove stains and dirt
removing lint, dust, soot, oil, grease, sludge and other residues from machines, hulls and holds of ships, and interiors and exteriors of furnaces, boilers and tanks
may clean exteriors of buildings by sand-blasting and applying solvents
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow moderately
- is likely to reach 175,700 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 33% of people employed as Commercial Cleaners work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 33 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,013 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $876
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,237
Median hourly earnings are $27, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Commercial Cleaners||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Commercial Cleaners work in industries like:
- Administrative and support services
- Health care and social assistance
- Education and training
- Accommodation and food services.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Commercial Cleaners||All Jobs Average|
Around 47% of Commercial Cleaners live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Commercial Cleaners is 47 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 57% of the workforce. This is 9 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Commercial Cleaners||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Commercial Cleaner. Some workers have a certificate II or III in cleaning operations.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Property Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Commercial Cleaners||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||36.2||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Commercial Cleaners who are reliable, trustworthy and have a good work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Looking for ways to help people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
30%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
30%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking to others.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Reading work related information.
29%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
20%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
20%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
18%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Teaching people how to do something.
Fixing machines or systems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
39%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
38%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
34%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
26%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
21%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
18%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
16%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
16%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
15%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
14%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
12%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
See details that are far away.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
39%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
30%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
64%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
52%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
50%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
44%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
43%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
43%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
42%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
42%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
40%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
40%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
32%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
32%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
32%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
31%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
30%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
30%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
29%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
29%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
27%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
96%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
84%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
83%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
81%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
80%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
80%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
79%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
77%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
76%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
75%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
74%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
71%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
69%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
67%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
66%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
66%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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