Inspectors and Regulatory Officers administer and enforce government and corporate regulations and standards.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • searching aircraft, vehicles, premises and people, and checking documents and goods to detect illegal activities such as undocumented cargo, prohibited goods and illegal aliens
  • examining and assessing visas and residency applications
  • testing applicants' ability to operate a motor vehicle, assessing applicants' suitability to hold learner's permits and probationary licences, and issuing learner's permits and probationary licences
  • identifying pest and weed problems and determining treatments and management
  • assessing claims for government benefits
  • carrying out random checks of taxation documents to detect non-compliance with taxation legislation
  • conducting visual checks of the mechanical, structural, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems of railway wagons, carriages and locomotives for condition and correct classification
  • ensuring that train, tram and bus services are provided according to schedule, monitoring the cleanliness, presentation and condition of vehicles, and recommending improvements and changes to services
  • receiving and assessing applications for licences to use water, investigating the ability of water resources to meet new requirements, and conducting site inspections

Job Titles

  • Customs Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner
  • Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector
  • Social Security Assessor
  • Taxation Inspector
  • Train Examiner
  • Transport Operations Inspector
  • Water Inspector
  • Other Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
  • Customs Officer (also called Customs Inspector)

    Administers and enforces customs and related legislation, and assists with customs control of overseas passengers, crew, aircraft, ships, cargo, mail and bond stores.

    Specialisations: Customs Investigator

  • Immigration Officer

    Examines and assesses the entry of people from other countries, administers visas and residency applications according to immigration legislation, rules and policies, and, where necessary, uses legal powers to detain and remove illegal entrants.

  • Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner

    Tests motor vehicle driving licence applicants and issues learner's permits and probationary licences. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Noxious Weeds and Pest Inspector (also called Biosecurity Officer (Weeds and Pests))

    Inspects and monitors plants, land and water for noxious plants and animal species, and organises for their control or eradication.

  • Social Security Assessor

    Assesses social welfare claims and entitlements under government legislation and investigates fraud and suspected breaches of legislation.

  • Taxation Inspector

    Inspects and assesses taxation returns to ensure compliance with government legislation, and investigates suspected breaches of taxation legislation.

  • Train Examiner

    Inspects rolling stock in railway yards, terminals and stations to ensure adherence to safety standards and operational rules and regulations.

    Specialisations: Locomotive Inspector

  • Transport Operations Inspector

    Monitors scheduled train, tram and bus services and investigates accidents, complaints and service disruptions.

    Specialisations: Bus Inspector, Tram Inspector

  • Water Inspector

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

    Specialisations: Boring Inspector, Stream Control Officer

  • Other Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

    Includes Dog Catcher, Technician Preventative Medicine (Army), Trade Mark Examiner, Travel Accommodation Inspector, Weights and Measures Inspector

Fast Facts

  • $1,488 Weekly Pay
  • 32,000 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 81.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 36.5 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 52.1% female Gender Share

The number of Inspectors and Regulatory Officers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 32,000 in 2018 to 32,300 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 27,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Inspectors and Regulatory Officers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Arts and Recreation Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,488 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81.5%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 36.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (50.7%).
  • Gender: 52.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200830200
200932100
201032700
201132500
201234700
201334500
201428400
201533700
201631100
201731700
201832000
202332300

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14881230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety74.9
Arts and Recreation Services5.2
Health Care and Social Assistance4.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.4
Other Industries12.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.731.6
VIC19.226.2
QLD21.519.7
SA8.26.7
WA8.610.8
TAS3.42.0
NT1.11.1
ACT4.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.25.2
20-244.2-9.99.9
25-3414.9-23.623.6
35-4430.2-21.721.7
45-5432.5-20.820.8
55-5911.2-8.88.8
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationInspectors and Regulatory OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate4.2-8.68.6
Bachelor degree28.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.6-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV20.3-18.918.9
Year 1217.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1015.7-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

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

  • 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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Law and Government

    82% Important

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

  2. English Language

    80% Important

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    79% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    67% Important

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

  5. Computers and Electronics

    64% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    93% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Checking Compliance with Standards

    90% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    89% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Processing Information

    87% Important

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  5. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    87% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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