Primary Products Inspectors inspect animals, plants and agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

    You usually need a formal qualification in in a related field to work as a Primary Products Inspector. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • inspecting animals, plants and agricultural produce to identify product quality issues, and providing advice to producers
    • auditing and monitoring quality procedures at farms and food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards
    • testing samples of produce for quality, size and purity
    • ensuring that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles
    • advising primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informing producers and the general public of the health implications of diseases and impurities
    • advising on the identification of pests and diseases and on regulations pertaining to grading, packing and loading of products
    • examining imported plants and animals, and products, such as timber, seeds and dried fruits, and making quarantine arrangements
    • patrolling and investigating waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life
    • educating, advising and providing information on a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection
    • may initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations

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    • $1,644 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,300 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 31% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Primary Products Inspectors (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 4,300 in 2018 to 4,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Primary Products Inspectors work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,644 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 (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 31% 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
    20084200
    20094200
    20104200
    20115700
    20124300
    20133700
    20142800
    20154200
    20163000
    20173000
    20184300
    20234400

    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.
    EarningsPrimary Products InspectorsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16441460

    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 Safety58.4
    Manufacturing18.1
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.0
    Other Industries12.1

    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.
    StatePrimary Products InspectorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.431.6
    VIC22.125.6
    QLD21.320.0
    SA10.17.0
    WA16.210.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT1.91.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketPrimary Products InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-243.5-9.39.3
    25-3418.1-22.922.9
    35-4427.4-22.022.0
    45-5424.4-21.621.6
    55-5913.2-9.09.0
    60-648.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPrimary Products InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.7-21.121.1
    Year 1211.0-18.118.1
    Year 113.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.4-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in in a related field to work as a Primary Products Inspector. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • medical test
    • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

    Thinking about study or training?

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

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Food Processing, Australian Meat Processing, Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management, Animal Care and Management, Seafood Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Primary Products Inspectors who have strong interpersonal skills, are flexible and provide good customer service.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      64% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      52% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Law and Government

      52% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and Management

      51% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Food Production

      49% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

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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, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

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

    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      92% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Contact With Others

      92% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      87% Important

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

    4. Deal With External Customers

      86% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    5. Impact of Decisions

      84% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

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