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

    You usually need formal qualifications and strong attention to detail to work as an Inspector or Regulatory Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Inspectors and Regulatory Officers.

    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

    All Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

    • $1,424 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 32,000 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 51% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Inspectors and Regulatory Officers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 32,000 in 2018 to 32,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Inspectors and Regulatory Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,424 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 51% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200830200
    200932100
    201032700.0
    201132500
    201234700
    201334500
    201428400
    201533700
    201631100
    201731700
    201832000
    202332300.0

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings14241460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety74.7
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.3
    Financial and Insurance Services2.8
    Other Industries13.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW30.931.6
    VIC23.625.6
    QLD20.220.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA10.910.8
    TAS2.92.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT3.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-243.4-9.39.3
    25-3420.8-22.922.9
    35-4427.6-22.022.0
    45-5427.7-21.621.6
    55-5911.0-9.09.0
    60-646.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate10.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree23.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV21.2-21.121.1
    Year 1217.6-18.118.1
    Year 113.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.7-12.512.5

    You usually need formal qualifications and strong attention to detail to work as an Inspector or Regulatory Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Inspectors and Regulatory Officers.

    A security clearance from the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency may be needed.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • AQF 3/4 chemical accreditation
    • dieback green card
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with vulnerable people and children check
    • medical test
    • fitness test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests
    • security clearance

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Local Government and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      69% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Law and government

      58% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and electronics

      58% Skill level

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

    4. English language

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Clerical

      53% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      96% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Contact with the public

      95% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      90% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Telephone

      90% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      89% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 13-1041.02 - Licensing Examiners and Inspectors.

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