Plumbing Inspectors inspect plumbing work to ensure compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

Specialisations: Drainage Inspector, Gas Plumbing Inspector, Sanitary Plumbing and Water Supply Inspector.

An extensive trade background in plumbing is generally needed to work as a Plumbing Inspector.

Tasks

  • Inspects work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Plumbing Inspectors

  • 340 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 53 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Plumbing Inspectors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 340 in 2011 to 340 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Plumbing Inspectors work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (74%).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Safety74.0
Construction14.7
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services5.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.7
Other Industries2.1

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.
StatePlumbing InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW14.231.6
VIC15.825.6
QLD57.320.0
SA2.77.0
WA4.510.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.91.0
ACT2.71.9

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 BracketPlumbing InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-241.7-9.39.3
25-349.1-22.922.9
35-4414.7-22.022.0
45-5432.0-21.621.6
55-5919.5-9.09.0
60-6415.3-6.06.0
65 and Over6.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationPlumbing InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV77.1-21.121.1
Year 123.8-18.118.1
Year 111.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

An extensive trade background in plumbing is generally needed to work as a Plumbing Inspector.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Plumbing Inspector.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • plumbing and drainage licence

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    79% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Customer and personal service

    73% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    63% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Technical design

    59% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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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, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    88% Important

    Use electronic mail.

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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, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.

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