Fisheries Officers inspect fishing vessels, gear, licences and catches to ensure that fisheries laws and regulations are obeyed.

    Entry requirements for Fisheries Officers varies between states and territories. Some states require you to complete training with the relevant government department, others require a VET (Vocational and Education Training) qualification, and in some this work is undertaken by the police force.

    Tasks

    • Patrols and investigates waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life.
    • Educates, advises and provides information on a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection.
    • May initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations.

    All Primary Products Inspectors

    • $1,644 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Fisheries Officers

    • 410 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Fisheries Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 430 in 2011 to 410 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Fisheries Officers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, 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 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Safety93.8
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2.5
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.0
    Education and Training1.0
    Other Industries0.7

    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.
    StateFisheries OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.131.6
    VIC16.625.6
    QLD17.120.0
    SA9.17.0
    WA23.610.8
    TAS3.82.0
    NT3.11.0
    ACT4.61.9

    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 BracketFisheries OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.7-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4441.0-22.022.0
    45-5421.9-21.621.6
    55-597.6-9.09.0
    60-644.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationFisheries OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree40.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV16.2-21.121.1
    Year 129.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

    Entry requirements for Fisheries Officers varies between states and territories. Some states require you to complete training with the relevant government department, others require a VET (Vocational and Education Training) qualification, and in some this work is undertaken by the police force.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • manual drivers licence
    • medical test
    • fitness test
    • swimming test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests
    • 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.

    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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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

      78% Skill level

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

    2. Public Safety and Security

      77% Skill level

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

    3. Law and Government

      70% Skill level

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

    4. Biology

      67% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    5. English Language

      62% Skill level

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

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    1. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      98% Important

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    3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      97% Important

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    4. Deal With External Customers

      97% Important

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    5. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

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