Janitors provide cleaning and maintenance services for a variety of private and public buildings and grounds including schools, offices, public parks and restrooms. They should have good time management skills to effectively clean all necessary areas within the allotted time and be able to handle unpleasant circumstances in the workplace.

Duties and tasks

  • Manage a large set of keys, ensuring that no one else gets access to them and making sure to lock all areas upon completion of job.
  • Manage time effectively to clean all areas needed in an allotted amount of time.
  • Perform basic maintenance on building and equipment, notifying management or customers when major repairs are needed.
  • Stock and refill necessary items in common spaces such as tissue, soap, toilet paper; purchase more stock when needed.
  • Vacuum, mop, scrub or sweep floors, carpet and ground areas.
  • Wash, clean and sanitise common areas in public or private areas including public restrooms.

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Cleaning Skills
  • Excellent Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Janitors typically work after regular work hours in order to clean entire buildings without many people using the space. They typically work Monday to Friday but may work on weekends to provide additional heavy cleaning that is hard to get to during the regular week. They should be able to spend long periods of time on their feet and be able to handle unpleasant circumstances while cleaning.

Professional associations / Industry information

Building Services Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) 

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