Quarantine Officers inspect incoming animals, plants, and animal and plant products to ensure compliance with laws and regulations to prevent the spread of exotic pests and diseases.

    Quarantine Officers are employed by Federal or state government departments. Having a relevant formal qualifications may be useful, however, traineeships or other on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Examines imported plants and animals, and products, such as timber, seeds and dried fruits, and makes quarantine arrangements as required.

    All Primary Products Inspectors

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

    Quarantine Officers

    • 730 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 40% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Quarantine Officers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,100 in 2011 to 730 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Quarantine Officers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, 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 (55%).
    • Gender: 40% 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 Safety79.1
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing4.3
    Wholesale Trade2.1
    Other Industries7.3

    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.
    StateQuarantine OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.531.6
    VIC19.225.6
    QLD18.420.0
    SA9.57.0
    WA23.610.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 BracketQuarantine OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.8-5.05.0
    20-243.3-9.39.3
    25-3413.5-22.922.9
    35-4427.8-22.022.0
    45-5428.0-21.621.6
    55-5914.1-9.09.0
    60-648.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationQuarantine OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree24.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.8-21.121.1
    Year 1217.5-18.118.1
    Year 113.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.5-12.512.5

    Quarantine Officers are employed by Federal or state government departments. Having a relevant formal qualifications may be useful, however, traineeships or other on the job training may be provided.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • medical test
    • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

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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

      64% Skill level

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

    2. Mathematics

      52% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Law and government

      52% Skill level

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

    4. Administration and management

      51% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Food production

      49% Skill level

      Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Being exact or accurate

      92% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    2. Contact with people

      92% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      87% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Contact with the public

      86% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

    5. Impact of decisions

      84% Important

      Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 45-2011.00 - Agricultural Inspectors.

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