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Car park attendant

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Summary of occupation

Car park attendants monitor the use and security of car parking facilities. They may collect fees, operate boom gates, direct users to available spaces and/or check parked vehicles for valid tickets. Many car parks use automated machines for these tasks. Here car park attendants may be responsible for carrying out minor maintenance on the machines, including loading tickets and collecting money. They may also be responsible for cleaning up spills and broken glass which may damage cars or cause injury to drivers’ vehicles. Some car parks may offer a cleaning service, in which case car park attendants will wash cars and vacuum the interior. They may be required to drive vehicles short distances within the facility.

ANZSCO description: Operates and maintains a car parking facility by guarding cars in parking areas and collecting fees at car park entry or exit points. May drive and park cars, and operate boom gates.
Alternative names: Parking Attendant
Specialisations: Valet
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A car park attendant needs:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • to be reliable and trustworthy
  • a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • to be confident about handling money.
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Working conditions

Car park attendants usually work in a small booth or office, although they may also carry out regular patrols through a car park. Some car park attendants may work outside in most weather conditions, while others work in undercover or underground facilities, though these may still be exposed to the elements. Car park attendants may be required to do shift work, which can include working early mornings, nights, weekends and public holidays. Most of the car park attendants employed in Western Australia work in the Perth metropolitan region.

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Salary details

On average, car park attendants, classified under other miscellaneous labourers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a car park attendant develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Car park attendants may use cash registers, ticket punches and/or computers, though this will vary between individual car parks. Many facilities are automated, and car park attendants will need to be familiar with the technology used so that they are able to carry out minor maintenance and provide assistance to customers. In some cases they may use car cleaning and detailing equipment, including soap, wax, polish and vacuum cleaners. Most car park attendants are required to wear a uniform, which may include high-visibility clothing.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a car park attendant without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. You may improve your job prospects by holding a valid driver’s licence and/or a National Police Certificate.​

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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