Cleaner mops the floor in her clients home

Housekeeper

Housekeepers perform cleaning and housekeeping duties in hotels, motels and other commercial premises, and in private residences.

Overview

Housekeepers perform cleaning and housekeeping duties in hotels, motels and other commercial premises, and in private residences.

Day-to-day

  • cleaning the interior of buildings and the immediate outside areas
  • sweeping, mopping and polishing floors, vacuuming and shampooing carpets, and cleaning curtains and upholstered furniture
  • dusting and polishing furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • picking up rubbish, emptying garbage containers, and taking contents to waste areas for removal
  • restocking minibars and replenishing items such as drinking glasses, writing equipment, linen and groceries
  • stripping and making beds, and changing bed linen
  • maintaining kitchens, washing dishes and cooking utensils, and cleaning appliances, cupboards, counters, pantries and floors
  • picking up, sorting, washing, drying, ironing and mending linen and clothes
  • preparing and cooking meals, setting and clearing tables, and serving food and beverages
  • taking care of household pets and plants, receiving visitors, answering telephones, delivering messages, and shopping for groceries.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$878 / week
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Housekeeper

  • You can work as a Housekeeper without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in cleaning operations might be helpful.

    Take a Certificate II in Cleaning

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