Insurance Risk Surveyors inspect items and properties to evaluate conditions affecting underwriting standards, and develop and promote safety programs.

    You usually need a formal qualification in insurance, financial services or another related field to work as an Insurance Risk Surveyor. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Insurance Risk Surveyors.

    Tasks

    • Inspects property, buildings and operations of commercial and industrial establishments to assess physical conditions and work practices.
    • Evaluates the adequacy of security, fire and related systems.
    • Prepares reports and recommends action to reduce risks.
    • Compiles data which influence the determination of premium rates.

    More about Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors

    All Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors

    • $1,538 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Insurance Risk Surveyors

    • 620 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 33% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Insurance Risk Surveyors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 590 in 2011 to 620 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Insurance Risk Surveyors work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Financial and Insurance Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 33% 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)
    Financial and Insurance Services79.6
    Public Administration and Safety6.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.9
    Other Services2.1
    Other Industries9.4

    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.
    StateInsurance Risk SurveyorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW47.331.6
    VIC31.325.6
    QLD9.820.0
    SA4.27.0
    WA6.110.8
    TAS0.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.81.9

    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 BracketInsurance Risk SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.0-9.39.3
    25-3418.0-22.922.9
    35-4431.8-22.022.0
    45-5429.1-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-647.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationInsurance Risk SurveyorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree42.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.7-21.121.1
    Year 126.6-18.118.1
    Year 111.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in insurance, financial services or another related field to work as an Insurance Risk Surveyor. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Insurance Risk Surveyors.

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    Employers look for Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors who have good attention to detail, strong people skills and a good work ethic.

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    1. Customer and Personal Service

      60% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      59% Skill level

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

    3. Medicine and Dentistry

      59% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    4. Mathematics

      59% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Clerical

      57% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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      95% Important

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