Building Inspectors inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advise on building requirements.

Specialisations: Electrical Installation Inspector.

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Building Inspectors often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Reviews and provides advice on plans to ensure they meet building codes, local ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications.
  • Approves building plans that are satisfactory and issues building permits.
  • Monitors construction sites periodically to ensure overall compliance.
  • Inspects plumbing, electrical and other systems to verify alignment level, structure elevation and ensure that they meet the necessary code/specifications.
  • Uses survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections.
  • Provides written documentation of findings from inspections.
  • Issues violation notices and stop-work orders until building work is compliant.
  • Certifies structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

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

Building Inspectors

  • 5,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Building Inspectors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 4,500 in 2011 to 5,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Building Inspectors work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
  • Gender: 10% 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services37.5
Public Administration and Safety32.5
Construction20.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services2.9
Other Industries7.0

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.
StateBuilding InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.131.6
VIC27.125.6
QLD19.720.0
SA5.27.0
WA11.410.8
TAS2.12.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.41.9

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 BracketBuilding InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-243.4-9.39.3
25-3418.1-22.922.9
35-4422.7-22.022.0
45-5425.3-21.621.6
55-5912.6-9.09.0
60-6410.4-6.06.0
65 and Over7.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationBuilding InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree22.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma30.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.5-21.121.1
Year 125.7-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Building Inspectors often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

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

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)

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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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

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Design

    59% Skill level

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

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  1. Telephone

    98% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    97% Important

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  3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    94% Important

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  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Electronic Mail

    88% Important

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