Transport Operations Inspectors monitor scheduled train, tram and bus services and investigate accidents, complaints and service disruptions.

Specialisations: Bus Inspector, Tram Inspector.

You can work as a Transport Operations Inspector without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Transport Operations Inspectors often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tasks

  • Ensures that train, tram and bus services are provided according to schedule, monitors the cleanliness, presentation and condition of vehicles, as well as recommending improvements and changes to services.

All Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

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

Transport Operations Inspectors

  • 990 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 22% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Transport Operations Inspectors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 750 in 2011 to 990 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Transport Operations Inspectors work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
  • Gender: 22% 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)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing73.4
Public Administration and Safety19.3
Financial and Insurance Services2.8
Mining1.0
Other Industries3.5

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.
StateTransport Operations InspectorsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.131.6
VIC51.125.6
QLD11.720.0
SA3.97.0
WA8.110.8
TAS0.32.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.81.9

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 BracketTransport Operations InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.4-5.05.0
20-241.9-9.39.3
25-3420.9-22.922.9
35-4425.8-22.022.0
45-5427.9-21.621.6
55-5911.5-9.09.0
60-647.2-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationTransport Operations InspectorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree13.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV33.7-21.121.1
Year 1218.5-18.118.1
Year 115.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below7.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Transport Operations Inspector without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Transport Operations Inspectors often complete a certificate III or IV.

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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. Transportation

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Customer and personal service

    45% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  5. Contact with people

    90% Important

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

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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, 53-4031.00 - Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.

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