Safety Inspectors inspect machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations, in relation to occupational health and safety.

Specialisations: Boilers and Pressure Vessels Inspector, Gas Examiner, Lifts and Cranes Inspector, Mines Inspector, Occupational Health and Safety Inspector.

You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in occupational health and safety to work as a Safety Inspector. Some Safety Inspectors complete university qualifications.

Tasks

  • examining equipment specifications, and inspecting and testing machines, equipment and clothing to ensure compliance with safety standards and serviceability
  • inspecting factories and other work sites to ensure compliance with government and industry standards and regulations
  • observing workers to ensure protective devices are being utilised according to regulations and that combustible and other hazardous materials are used and stored in accordance with approved procedures
  • conducting tests in work areas to detect toxic fumes, explosive gas-air mixtures and other work hazards
  • ensuring fire prevention equipment and other safety supplies, such as first aid kits, stretchers and blankets, conform to standards
  • assisting in conducting safety meetings and campaigns, and organising training in general safety principles in keeping with regulations
  • advising organisations on ways to comply with occupational health and safety legislative requirements
  • investigating incidents and fatalities, to determine causes and to collect evidence of non-compliance with occupational health and safety legislation

All Safety Inspectors

  • $1,876 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
  • 4,500 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 20% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Safety Inspectors (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 4,500 in 2018 to 4,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
  • Location: Safety Inspectors work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,876 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
  • Gender: 20% 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
20084800
20093300
20104000
20114100
20123500
20134800
20144100
20157800
20163400
20174100
20184500
20234800

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.
EarningsSafety InspectorsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings18761460

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 Safety39.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12.5
Construction9.8
Mining9.2
Other Industries29.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSafety InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.831.6
VIC19.825.6
QLD22.320.0
SA7.07.0
WA19.310.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.91.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSafety InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-242.0-9.39.3
25-3415.1-22.922.9
35-4422.1-22.022.0
45-5429.4-21.621.6
55-5913.7-9.09.0
60-6410.7-6.06.0
65 and Over6.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationSafety InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate15.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree17.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma26.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.8-21.121.1
Year 126.7-18.118.1
Year 112.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.4-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III, IV or diploma in occupational health and safety to work as a Safety Inspector. Some Safety Inspectors complete university qualifications.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check

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 Public Sector and Public Safety VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Safety Inspectors who are reliable, trustworthy, responsible and organised.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    79% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English Language

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Chemistry

    65% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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Demands

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

  1. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    90% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    87% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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