Immigration Officers examine and assess the entry of people from other countries, administer visas and residency applications according to immigration legislation, rules and policies, and, where necessary, use legal powers to detain and remove illegal entrants.

    You generally need to complete a Border Force Recruit Traineeship to work as a Customs Officer.

    Tasks

    • Examines and assesses visas and residency applications.

    All Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

    • $1,424 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Immigration Officers

    • 2,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 61% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Immigration Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 2,500 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Immigration Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 61% 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 Safety94.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.3
    Other Services0.8
    Education and Training0.6
    Other Industries1.2

    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.
    StateImmigration OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.031.6
    VIC25.425.6
    QLD13.620.0
    SA8.77.0
    WA12.510.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT1.41.0
    ACT5.71.9

    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 BracketImmigration OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-242.7-9.39.3
    25-3427.0-22.922.9
    35-4431.6-22.022.0
    45-5424.5-21.621.6
    55-597.9-9.09.0
    60-644.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationImmigration OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate16.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree36.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.3-21.121.1
    Year 1216.0-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

    You generally need to complete a Border Force Recruit Traineeship to work as a Customs Officer.

    A security clearance from the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency may be needed.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • medical test
    • fitness test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests
    • security clearance

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    Employers look for Inspectors and Regulatory Officers who have a good attention to detail, strong people skills and a good work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      69% Skill level

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

    2. Public Safety and Security

      65% Skill level

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

    3. Law and Government

      64% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      59% Skill level

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

    5. Psychology

      59% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Contact With Others

      97% Important

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

    3. Deal With External Customers

      96% Important

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

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Telephone

      94% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

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