Water Inspectors monitor the allocation and use of water from water resources such as streams, rivers and underground sources.

Specialisations: Boring Inspector, Stream Control Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in science, environmental science, sustainability or a related field to work as a Water Inspector. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Water Inspectors.

Tasks

  • Receives and assesses applications for licences to use water, investigates the ability of water resources to meet new requirements, and conducts site inspections.

All Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

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

Water Inspectors

  • 190 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Water Inspectors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 270 in 2011 to 190 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Water Inspectors work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste 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 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 28% 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)
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services50.9
Public Administration and Safety40.6
Construction5.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.9

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.
StateWater InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW29.031.6
VIC20.225.6
QLD24.420.0
SA8.87.0
WA17.610.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketWater InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-243.7-9.39.3
25-3413.8-22.922.9
35-4425.4-22.022.0
45-5429.6-21.621.6
55-5916.4-9.09.0
60-649.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.24.2

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 QualificationWater InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree24.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV31.4-21.121.1
Year 1210.5-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below10.5-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in science, environmental science, sustainability or a related field to work as a Water Inspector. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Water Inspectors.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • dieback greencard

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

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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. Engineering and Technology

    82% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    77% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Design

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Geography

    72% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    68% Skill level

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

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    96% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

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

  4. Being Exact or Accurate

    83% Important

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  5. Work With Work Group or Team

    83% Important

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