Handypersons work in various maintenance capabilities around apartment buildings, office facilities, governmental agencies, and other structures, jobs, and facilities. Specific work may include painting, cleaning, and repair, as well as general daily maintenance.

Duties and tasks

  • Collecting and disposing of rubbish and litter
  • Completing greens work by mowing lawns and maintaining gardens
  • Fixing smaller items such as light bulbs or water taps
  • Installing needed safety and convenience apparatuses, such as hand rails or wheelchair ramps
  • Repairing broken structural items, like windows, doors, screens, etc
  • Sanding, painting, and varnishing as needed

Skills required

  • Ability to work well with hands
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical competence
  • Organisation and time management
  • Sharp and active listening skills

Working conditions

Handypersons generally are employed by larger organizations, including corporations, building operations companies, apartment buildings, and hotels. They may also work as members of a team or a pool of handypersons and occasionally complete freelance work.

Professional associations / Industry information

Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council 

Master Builders Australia 

The Australian Institute of Building 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Caretaker
  • Cleaner
  • Concrete Worker
  • Facilities Officer
  • Janitor
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Road Worker
  • Scaffolder