Property Services


The Property Serices industry covers a diverse range of sectors: Property management and real estate, security services, surveying and spatial information services, waste management, cleaning, pest management services and fire protection services.

What does this industry cover?

  • Property development, sales and management 
  • Survey and spatial information services
  • Security
  • Access consulting
  • Cleaning operations 
  • Pest management
  • Fire protection inspection and testing
  • Home sustainability assessment
  • Strata community management

Industry Information

There are 215,000 Property and Real Estate businesses, with 190,000 of these businesses sole operators who don’t employ people.

There are no major employers in the Survey and Mapping sector.

There are 33,000 Cleaning, Pest Control and Fire Services businesses, although around 20,000 of these were one person operations and 27,000 of these businesses are in the cleaning sector.

There are 4,300 Waste Management businesses operating in the sector. 2,000 of these businesses were sole operators. 2,000 of these businesses employ less than 20 people.

The Property Services Industry employs more than 850,000 workers in full and part-time positions:

  • 173,600 people work in the property operations and real estate sector
  • 53,000 people work in the security sector
  • 17,000 people work in surveying and spatial information services
  • 190,000 people work in cleaning services
  • 33,000 people currently work in waste management.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 1895

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium to high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium to large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

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Key Occupations

Pest Controller

Real Estate Office Administrator

Real Estate Consultant

Property Manager

Surveyor's Assistant

GIS Assistant

Commercial Cleaner

Recyling Officer

Security Officer

Security Technician

There are also a range of niche occupations in this sector, such as Swimming Pool and Spa Technician, Building Design Draftsperson, Stock and Station Agent, Strata Manager, Fire Protection Equipment Service Technician, Carpet Cleaner and Surveillance Investigator.

This industry is positioned in the following groups


Property Maintenance & Management

Work Type

Persuading & Service

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Property Services has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

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Further Research


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Real Estate Institute of Australia
  • Strata Community Australia Ltd
  • Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
  • Facility Management Association of Australia
  • Australian Security Industry Association Ltd
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Oceania
  • Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
  • Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association
  • Waste Management Association of Australia
  • Fire Protection Association of Australia

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