Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors inspect and monitor plants, land and water for noxious plants and animal species, and organise for their control or eradication.

Also known as: Biosecurity Officer (Weeds and Pests).

You usually need a formal qualification in science, environmental science, sustainable agriculture and food security, agriculture or another related field to work as a Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors.

Tasks

  • Identifies pest and weed problems and determines treatment and management.

All Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

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

Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 34% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 390 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Administrative and Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, 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 (53%).
  • Gender: 34% 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)
Public Administration and Safety72.5
Administrative and Support Services10.5
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing8.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.3
Other Industries5.5

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.
StateNoxious Weeds and Pest InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.031.6
VIC15.125.6
QLD30.420.0
SA3.37.0
WA10.210.8
TAS3.32.0
NT2.11.0
ACT2.51.9

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 BracketNoxious Weeds and Pest InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-242.3-9.39.3
25-3413.8-22.922.9
35-4429.8-22.022.0
45-5429.8-21.621.6
55-5912.1-9.09.0
60-647.8-6.06.0
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 QualificationNoxious Weeds and Pest InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree26.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV22.8-21.121.1
Year 1211.8-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.9-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in science, environmental science, sustainable agriculture and food security, agriculture or another related field to work as a Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspectors.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • AQF3/4 chemical accreditation
  • dieback green card
  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • national police check

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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  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Local Government and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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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. Biology

    56% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  2. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    53% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Transportation

    51% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  5. Education and training

    51% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Demands

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

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    95% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    93% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  4. Frequent decision making

    91% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    88% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

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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, 37-3012.00 - Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation.

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