Cleaners use portable cleaning equipment to clean a variety of venues such as schools, universities, construction sites, commercial offices in high-rise buildings, industrial and domestic premises, sports stadiums, airports and shopping centres.

Cleaners are often responsible for the security of the building they are working in. This includes holding the keys, making sure lights and electrical appliances are turned off when leaving and reporting any security breaches to building owners or managers.

Cleaners work varying hours – early morning, daytime, late afternoon, and night shifts depending on the location and the requirements of the contract. They may be employed full time, part-time or as casual staff.

White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Cleaner yes yes no no no
To be a Cleaner you need to enjoy practical work and be physically fit. You need to be methodical, honest and reliable. Cleaners also need to be able to bend, stand and lift.
 Typical Duties
  • clean floors, work areas and machinery with industrial vacuum cleaners,
  • clean, dust and polish furniture and fittings,
  • sweep, mop, scrub, polish and wax floors,
  • shampoo carpets and rugs,
  • clean walls and windows, and disinfect laundry, kitchen, toilet and bathroom fixtures and floors,
  • empty and clean ashtrays and waste containers,
  • clean areas surrounding buildings, such as paths and entrances,
  • remove graffiti.
No specific training is required to become a cleaner as most are trained on the job. All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.
RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
No additional training / on-the-job-training 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500

Check with your RTO to see if you are eligible for an ACT Training Fund Authority subsidy.