Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—In recent months the world has waged war against the spread of COVID-19. In NSW, as we've emerged from the isolation of our homes, we have been constantly reassured that cleaning regimes are being undertaken with diligence and greater regularity to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In the background, in our schools, public buildings, hospitals, retail outlets, businesses and homes, who is doing this unsung, potentially unsafe and sometimes unpleasant work? Our cleaners. When there is a known outbreak, who is sent in on the front line to reclaim the space and make it once again safe? Our cleaners.

The work of cleaners goes on every day of every year and is sometimes taken for granted. However, never before have our cleaners played a more vital role in keeping our communities safe.

In honour of International Cleaners' Day, which was celebrated globally on Monday, I thank our cleaners, in all facets of our community, for the work they do, today and every day. I acknowledge and appreciate their efforts, particularly in the face of the threat of COVID-19. And I ask them to be mindful of their own health and safety as they move through their days.