How to become a Cleaner


Cleaners are in high demand as more people work from home, and it’s an exciting career path that offers flexibility and stability. If you’re interested in becoming a cleaner and live in Australia, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the qualifications, skills and education necessary to become a successful cleaner. Read on to learn more about how to become a cleaner in Australia.

Step 1: Complete a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations

In order to become a professional cleaner in Australia, you will need to complete a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations. This certificate is offered by many different institutes and organisations. The certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform your duties as a professional cleaner and is often a requirement from potential clients when applying for work.

Step 2: Register your cleaning business

Now it’s time to register your business. Signing up for your ABN only takes a few minutes online. If you expect to earn over $75,000 a year, you should apply for GST. Once you have the business setup, you can also open a business transaction account with Thriday, and start keeping track of your accounting and tax requirements.

Step 3: Obtain a National Police Check

Another requirement for becoming a professional cleaner in Australia is to obtain a National Police Check. This check will ensure that you do not have any criminal convictions that would make you unsuitable for the job. You can obtain a National Police Check by contacting your local police station or by visiting the website of the Australian Federal Police. A check will cost around $50.

Step 4: Complete a First Aid course

It is also recommended that you complete a First Aid course before becoming a professional cleaner in Australia. This course will teach you how to deal with minor injuries and medical emergencies that may occur while you are working as a cleaner. First Aid courses are offered by many different companies, so you should be able to find one that is convenient to you.

Step 5: Purchase insurance

Before starting work as a professional cleaner, it is important that you purchase the right insurance.  Insurance will protect you financially if something goes wrong while you are working. There are many different types of insurance policies available, so you should speak to an insurance broker to find one that is suitable for your needs. After you purchase insurance, make sure to keep your receipt for tax time.

Step 6: Look for work

Most clients look for cleaners who have a good attitude, along with knowledge of cleaning methods, products and equipment as well as experience working with various cleaning chemicals and materials. It is important for cleaners to be able to work autonomously without supervision, follow instructions accurately and be able to maintain high standards of cleanliness at all times. Make sure you have references and examples of recent work that you can hand over to your potential clients. Sites such as Airtasker and online job boards are a good place to start.

Becoming a cleaner in Australia can provide both flexibility and stability if you possess the necessary qualifications and skills outlined above. Before starting your search for job opportunities ensure that you have the relevant qualifications or certificates related specifically to cleaning services such as hospitality or food safety certifications. Once these prerequisites are met then you can start searching for cleaning jobs online through job boards, attend local job fairs or contact local businesses directly about potential employment opportunities.  

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