School contract cleaning

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

A new approach is to improve the quality, standard and consistency of cleaning services in all Victorian government schools.​

Cleaning arrangements in 2018

We are introducing an area-based cleaning model in metropolitan Melbourne schools and implement a range of measures to improve school cleaning in regional Victoria.

We want to strengthen fair working conditions for cleaning staff, and ensure cleaning staff in our schools receive industry-standard remuneration and entitlements.

The new model will be implemented on 1 July  2018 – schools, contractors and the existing school cleaning workforce will be supported through the changes.

Cleaning reforms factsheet
Cleaning reforms frequently asked questions (docx - 227.38kb)

Cleaning contractors who are impacted by changes to school cleaning arrangements can get support from the Department. This is known as the practical support program. For more information, see: Support for cleaning contractors

For further information on these new cleaning arrangements in Victorian metropolitan schools, please email, call 1300 842 754 or write a letter to the address below.

Cleaning contracts for metropolitan schools

We are managing the procurement process, which involves an open and competitive tender process. 

The tender process has now closed and schools, school cleaners and cleaning businesses will be notified of the outcome in the coming months.

Cleaning contracts for regional schools

Regional School Councils are required to engage the services of a cleaning contractor that is approved by the Contract Cleaners Panel.

The Panel is administered by the Department's Contract Cleaners Assessment Committee. To achieve Panel status, contract cleaners must meet a number of assessment criteria.

For schools wanting more information or to search for a Panel approved cleaner, see: School Contract Cleaning (edumail login required)

Cleaning companies may apply for Panel status at any time by completing the required application documentation.

Application documents

Applicants are required to submit one copy of the Panel Application Form and two copies of the Department Panel Agreement.

Contact details

School Contract Cleaning Unit
Infrastructure and Sustainability Division
Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne, VIC 3001


​Phone: 1300 842 754​