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Streetsweeper operator

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Summary of occupation

​Streetsweeper operators clean litter and debris from roads and gutters to stop blockages of storm water facilities that lead to waterways. Other areas that they may service include car parks, construction sites, factory isles and shopping centres. They may also attend to hazardous waste materials that can harm wildlife, or clean up oil, fuel or concrete spills. They use a range of motorised mobile plants and vehicles or may work with hand operated tools and equipment.

ANZSCO description: Operates plant to clean streets and gutters of litter and debris. Registration or licensing is required.
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Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A streetsweeper operator needs:

  • to be a safe, reliable and responsible driver
  • to enjoy practical work
  • an aptitude for mechanics
  • good time management skills and the ability to work independently
  • to be physically fit.
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Working conditions

Streetsweeper operators regularly inspect and maintain the machines they operate. They also perform manual cleaning duties such as picking up litter and operating pressure washers. They travel to different locations and often work outdoors in public spaces.

Streetsweeper operators may work in shifts, including late nights and early mornings, and they may also work on weekends and public holidays.

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Salary details

​On average, streetsweeper operators, classified under other mobile plant operators, 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.

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Tools and technologies

Streetsweeper operators drive dual controlled vehicles. They may operate suction streetsweepers, machines that operate via a hydrostatic drive system, or water trucks.

They may be required to make minor replacements and repairs to the machine’s chambers, brushes and other parts. Safety equipment such as earmuffs, safety glasses, high visibility clothing and safety boots may be required.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​You can work as a streetsweeper operator without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

To work as a streetsweeper operator in Western Australia, you need to obtain at least a ‘C’ class driver’s licence. Some employers may require you to hold a medium or heavy rigid licence, depending on the type of plant or vehicle used in their operations. Contact the Department of Transport for more information about these licences.

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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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