$250 million cleaning stimulus package to help stop spread of COVID-19

The new stimulus package will support 550 new and redeployed cleaning businesses to boost the defence against COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Group of cleaners sanitising a light rail vehicle

The $250 million cleaners’ package will improve the cleaning of public facilities including NSW transport, schools and TAFE while supporting an additional 3000 full-time cleaners by the end of June 2020.

The government funding will support small to medium-sized cleaning businesses by providing temporary employment to help existing contractors with the cleaning task to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Supplementary contracts available to cleaning businesses include:

  • general cleaning in low-risk areas
  • enhanced cleaning for COVID-19 risk reduction
  • environment cleaning of facilities after a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis and cleaning auditing services.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the fresh wave of cleaners provides much-needed social and economic boost to NSW.

“Not only will this package support jobs and businesses, it will also give the public peace of mind that the government is ensuring our public transport and education facilities remain as clean as possible at all times,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the stimulus package will keep people in jobs and businesses in business.

“We’re hiring cleaners, increasing the hours of existing cleaners and redeploying cleaners who would otherwise have lost jobs due to the temporary closure of some public facilities,” Mr Perrottet said.

Cleaning efforts for NSW transport have been increased by 83,000 hours across the network since March 2020.

Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said the government’s package is making meaningful differences to transport across NSW.

“We’ve introduced a number of new measures to ensure our transport network is as clean as possible with crews working through the night to disinfect trains, buses, metro, light rail, ferries, depots and facilities ready for the morning commute,” Mr Constance said.

For information on the stimulus package, or to register your cleaning business, visit the Emergency Cleaning Stimulus Prequalification Scheme.

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