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Top tips on how to find work as a cleaner

Whether you are new to Australia and wondering how to work as a cleaner or on the lookout for some extra cash, check out upcover’s guide on how to successfully land a job as a cleaner in Australia.

How can you find a job as a cleaner? 

Usually you’ll find cleaner recruitment ads on job seeking websites. But you can also check out cleaner platforms for current vacancies.

Some other great platforms we know about include: 

  1. Indeed
  2. Seek
  3. Jora
  4. Adzuna
  5. UrbanCompany
  6. AbsolueDomestics
  7. Gumtree (for local projects)

How does the application process work?

Based on the company you want to work with, it’s always best to do this through their website or app by selecting ‘Register as a Cleaner’ or ‘ ‘Register as a Cleaning Professional’. 

You’ll be asked to:

  • Provide your details 
  • Confirm your working status – visa or PR or citizen in Australia
  • Updated resume
  • Experience as a cleaner and references 
  • Your availability

Once done, you’ll receive a confirmation email or text and may be given an estimate on when you’ll hear back from the company.

Do I need to include any certificates to apply for a job as a cleaner?

No, you don’t need any certification for the sole role of a cleaner. 

If you want to provide or are applying for more at-home services like disability support, aged care, etc., you can choose to include your certificates. 

Okay, I have applied. What’s next?

After applying for any job, it’s all about the wait. The time frame could range from anywhere between a week to two months. 

In the current scenario, cleaning professionals are in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic and many companies are urgently recruiting for this role so you can expect to hear back from your company within a month.

I have been shortlisted as a cleaner. What are the next steps?


Often, after you receive a confirmation email about your selection, a manager from the company will contact you within 2-3 working days. Be prepared to answer any questions regarding your cleaning experience, companies you worked for, visa status, etc.  

After the interview call, you’ll be asked to present 3 documents:

  1. ABN (Australian Business Number) or TFN (Tax File Number)
  2. Valid police check (less than 2 months old)
  3. Valid proof of working rights

With some companies, you’ll also be required to attend a training process. In addition, you’ll be provided with a t-shirt and cap (with company logo) and cleaning equipment. 

Please note you may have to pay for the uniform and cleaning equipment. With some companies, you may also be required to purchase your own cleaning equipment. 

Some companies have a training period. What happens during the training period?

If there is a training period, you’ll learn about the company and how you will be expected to work. 

Some of those can include:

  1. Cleaning demonstrations and expectations
  2. In-depth brief of each cleaning process
  3. Insurance
  4. Working on the platform (how to make a profile, accept a job, what to do)
  5. COVID-19 safety regulations (if in place)

In the training period, your abilities may also be tested and you can be asked to test clean a house. 

Please note the training period is not paid. 

What kind of insurance will I be provided with?

It’s best to ask if you’ll be protected by the company if: 

  • Damage to property happens 
  • If you are injured while on the job. 

If you accidentally damage something while working, you may have to pay some part of the cost to repair, for example $250, and your company or its insurance will pay the rest.

How much will I get paid as a cleaner? 

You’ll likely be paid per job or per hour. Wages for cleaner can range between $20-$40/hr depending on the number of jobs you get. Your company will provide you with a pricing list for each type of cleaning.

If you are an employee, you can find the cleaning services award rates on the Fair Work Ombudsman website

What will it be like working as a cleaner?

Working as a cleaner can be a difficult task as it involves physical labour and long hours. More so, it may seem quite different from other white collar jobs if you are doing this for the first time and can take a while to get used to. The upside is that cleaning professionals are considered to be well paid on-demand workers!


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