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Practical or MechanicalSkill Level 1

Handypersons carry out repairs and maintenance of their clients' homes or workplaces such as residential buildings, schools, offices, holiday camps, or caravan parks and associated grounds. They Future Growth Very Strong undertake a range of maintenance duties, such as clearing gutters, repairing broken fixtures or fittings, painting and plastering, fitting, maintaining or repairing irrigation systems, replacing light bulbs, repairing or replacing ceiling or exhaust fans and filters, cleaning smoke detectors and erecting shelving units or other built-in furniture. They may also carry out gardening duties such as weeding, digging, planting and pruning. Handypersons work all over, however, most are employed in Australia's cities and larger towns.  

ANZSCO description: 8993: Cleans, paints, repairs and maintains buildings, grounds and facilities.

Specialisations: Hotel Useful, Hotel Yardperson; Maintenance Worker,

  • Caretaker - (separate page on this website): works at various facilities or property types such as schools, office and apartment buildings, cemeteries, hospitals and caravan parks, and carries out general maintenance duties, patrols buildings and grounds to ensure security and cleans common shared facilities, grounds and gardens.

  • Janitor - (separate page on this website)


Knowledge, skills and attributes

A handyperson needs:

  • good communication skills

  • self-motivation and persistence

  • practical and manual skills

  • a methodical approach to their work

  • problem solving skills

  • physical fitness, strength and stamina.

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Duties & Tasks

Handypersons may perform the following tasks:

  • clear gutters

  • repair broken fixtures or fittings

  • apply paint and plaster

  • fit, maintain or repair irrigation systems

  • replace light bulbs

  • repair or replace ceiling or exhaust fans and filters

  • clean smoke detectors

  • erect shelving units or other built-in furniture

  • undertake gardening duties such as weeding, digging, planting and pruning.

Working Conditions

Handypersons work indoors and outdoors and are required to work in all weather conditions. They usually work long hours, which may involve early mornings and late afternoons. They may need to work at heights and lift heavy objects.

Handypersons work mostly outdoors, but may also undertake maintenance duties indoors. They work in and around the homes and workplaces of their clients. They usually work for themselves, or may be employed by a larger firm with a number of employees. They usually travel locally to attend jobs. They undertake a large amount of manual labour and may be required to stand for significant periods of time, or to undertake heavy lifting. They usually work long hours, which may involve early mornings and late afternoons. Because they may work for themselves, their workload corresponds with the demand for their services.

Tools and technologies

Handypersons use a range of hand tools including screwdrivers, saws, spanners, paintbrushes, and hammers. They also use gardening equipment, such as shovels, rakes, lawnmowers and leafblowers. They use power tools including drills, power saws, chainsaws and sanders. They also use ladders, wheelbarrows and trolleys. Handypersons may be required to drive a utility vehicle, truck or van. They may be required to wear safety equipment such as goggles, gloves or boots, depending on the work they are undertaking.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a handyperson without any formal qualifications.
Experience and skills in a range of building, construction and maintenance-related trades would be an advantage. A current driver's licence is usually necessary.​


Did You Know?

UK Gov Report

The UK Government Report (2011) shows that handypersons schemes are helping elderly people to carry on living in their own homes.

" The report says handypersons services, can reduce the risk of injury or even death through preventing further falls, reducing risk of burglary or fire. These preventative services are cost effective, for example postponing entry into residential care can save up to £28,000 per year per person."
(Source: UK Gov)

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