What kind of cleaning work does the scheme cover?

The scheme covers work carried out in New South Wales in the contract cleaning industry from 1 July 2011.  The scheme does not apply to work performed before 1 July 2011.

  • The work has to be all or mostly involved in bringing a premises to a clean condition, or keeping it in a clean condition. A premise means the whole or any part of a building, structure or place, whether built on or not.
  • The work has to be in the contract cleaning industry. This means the industry in which employers or sole traders provide cleaning services to other people.
  • The scheme covers cleaning work performed on commercial and domestic premises.
  • Cleaning services can include a small amount of minor property maintenance.
  • Cleaners who are directly employed by the owners of the premises are not covered by the scheme.

Example:

Mary and Joe both perform cleaning work but only one of them is eligible to register with the scheme.

Joe is employed by a business that is contracted to provide cleaning services to the owner of a retail business. Joe is covered by the scheme because he is employed by a cleaning contractor.

Mary is employed directly by the owner of a factory to clean the factory premises. Mary is not covered by the scheme because she is not employed by a contract cleaning industry employer.

Examples of scheme eligible cleaning work

Some examples of the type of cleaning work covered by the scheme are listed below, however this is not an exhaustive list. If you have any queries about the type of work an employee performs you should contact the Corporation for further advice.

  • Mopping
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Sweeping
  • Carpet cleaning
  • High pressure cleaning of pavers, walkways and buildings
  • Window and gutter cleaning
  • Graffiti removal
  • Swimming pool cleaning (not repair &/or maintenance work)
  • Housekeeping
  • Cleaning of stadiums and public areas
  • Cleaning and sanitisation of food processing plants

Work not covered by the scheme

Some examples of the type of cleaning work not covered by the scheme are listed below, however this is not an exhaustive list. If you have any queries about the type of work an employee performs you should contact the Corporation for further advice.

  • Washing, drying and ironing linens etc
  • Lawn mowing
  • Garden maintenance
  • Sanitary hygiene control
  • Cleaning of aircraft, trains, cars
  • Cleaning mobile plant and equipment
  • Vehicular rubbish removal
  • Removal of waste oil/septic tank/grease traps
  • General handy man work
  • Initial or final cleaning on new construction
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