Inspectors and Regulatory Officers administer and enforce government and corporate regulations and standards.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • searching aircraft, vehicles, premises and people, and checking documents and goods to detect illegal activities such as undocumented cargo, prohibited goods and illegal aliens
  • examining and assessing visas and residency applications
  • testing applicants' ability to operate a motor vehicle, assessing applicants' suitability to hold learner's permits and probationary licences, and issuing learner's permits and probationary licences
  • identifying pest and weed problems and determining treatments and management
  • assessing claims for government benefits
  • carrying out random checks of taxation documents to detect non-compliance with taxation legislation
  • conducting visual checks of the mechanical, structural, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems of railway wagons, carriages and locomotives for condition and correct classification
  • ensuring that train, tram and bus services are provided according to schedule, monitoring the cleanliness, presentation and condition of vehicles, and recommending improvements and changes to services
  • receiving and assessing applications for licences to use water, investigating the ability of water resources to meet new requirements, and conducting site inspections

Job Titles

  • Customs Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner
  • Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector
  • Social Security Assessor
  • Taxation Inspector
  • Train Examiner
  • Transport Operations Inspector
  • Water Inspector
  • Other Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
  • Customs Officer (also called Customs Inspector)

    Administers and enforces customs and related legislation, and assists with customs control of overseas passengers, crew, aircraft, ships, cargo, mail and bond stores.

    Specialisations: Customs Investigator

  • Immigration Officer

    Examines and assesses the entry of people from other countries, administers visas and residency applications according to immigration legislation, rules and policies, and, where necessary, uses legal powers to detain and remove illegal entrants.

  • Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner

    Tests motor vehicle driving licence applicants and issues learner's permits and probationary licences. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector (also called Biosecurity Officer (Weeds and Pests))

    Inspects and monitors plants, land and water for noxious plants and animal species, and organises for their control or eradication.

  • Social Security Assessor

    Assesses social welfare claims and entitlements under government legislation and investigates fraud and suspected breaches of legislation.

  • Taxation Inspector

    Inspects and assesses taxation returns to ensure compliance with government legislation, and investigates suspected breaches of taxation legislation.

  • Train Examiner

    Inspects rolling stock in railway yards, terminals and stations to ensure adherence to safety standards and operational rules and regulations.

    Specialisations: Locomotive Inspector

  • Transport Operations Inspector

    Monitors scheduled train, tram and bus services and investigates accidents, complaints and service disruptions.

    Specialisations: Bus Inspector, Tram Inspector

  • Water Inspector

    Monitors the allocation and use of water from water resources such as streams, rivers and underground sources.

    Specialisations: Boring Inspector, Stream Control Officer

  • Other Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

    Includes Dog Catcher, Technician Preventative Medicine (Army), Trade Mark Examiner, Travel Accommodation Inspector, Weights and Measures Inspector

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,488 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    30300
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    55.4%
  • Female Share

    44.6%
  • Full-Time Share

    80.3%

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This is a large occupation employing 30,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Inspectors and Regulatory Officers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Public Administration and Safety; Arts and Recreation Services; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 35.5 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,488 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200526600
200631600
200729300
200833100
200930800
201033300
201135900
201231300
201333200
201431000
201530300
202027300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14881230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs Average
Full-time80.368.4
Part-time19.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)35.540

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety73.9
Arts and Recreation Services6.7
Financial and Insurance Services4.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.8
Other Industries12.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.131.8
VIC2325.5
QLD19.219.8
SA5.56.8
WA7.211.2
TAS2.42
NT3.31.1
ACT4.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.45.4
20-244.6-9.99.9
25-3417.4-23.423.4
35-4420.7-21.721.7
45-5432.3-21.121.1
55-5915.8-8.78.7
60-646.6-5.95.9
65 and Over2.2-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryInspectors and Regulatory OfficersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males55.4Males53.6
Females44.6Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.2-8.68.6
Bachelor degree28.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.6-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV20.3-18.918.9
Year 1217.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1015.7-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Inspectors and Regulatory Officers who have a good attention to detail, strong people skills and a good work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Law and Government

    82% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  2. English Language

    80% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    79% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    67% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    64% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    93% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Checking Compliance with Standards

    90% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    89% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Processing Information

    87% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    87% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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