Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

ANZSCO ID 5995

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
33,200
Future Growth
11.8%
Weekly Earnings
$1,596
Full-Time Share
80%
Female Share
51%
Average age
44

Summary

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

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


Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:

  • is expected to grow strongly
  • is likely to reach 49,500 by 2026.
  • Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

    Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

    Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
11.8%
(or 5,200 jobs)
From
44,200
in 2021
To
49,500
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 36,700
2012 30,000
2013 33,600
2014 31,600
2015 28,000
2016 34,100
2017 32,100
2018 27,300
2019 36,700
2020 33,100
2021 44,200
2026 49,500

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 80% of people employed as Inspectors and Regulatory Officers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 14 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,596 per week, this is similar to the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,425
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $1,870

    Median hourly earnings are $42, this is similar to the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
Earnings Inspectors and Regulatory Officers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,596 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
68.0%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
10.8%
3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
2.9%
4
Arts and Recreation Services
2.9%
5
Other industries
14.9%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

30.9% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

23.6% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

20.2% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.5% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

10.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.9% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.7% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

3.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Inspectors and Regulatory Officers All Jobs Average
NSW 30.9 31.6
VIC 23.6 25.6
QLD 20.2 20.0
SA 6.5 7.0
WA 10.9 10.8
TAS 2.9 2.0
NT 1.7 1.0
ACT 3.2 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
44
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
51%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Inspectors and Regulatory Officers is 44 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 51% of the workforce. This is 3 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Inspectors and Regulatory Officers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.4 5.0
20-24 3.4 9.3
25-34 20.8 22.9
35-44 27.6 22.0
45-54 27.7 21.6
55-59 11.0 9.0
60-64 6.4 6.0
65 and Over 2.7 4.2
Median Age 44 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A formal qualification and strong attention to detail is usually needed to work as an Inspector or Regulatory Officer. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Local Government and Public Sector VET training pathways.

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 Qualification Inspectors and Regulatory Officers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 10.5 10.1
Bachelor degree 23.5 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 15.5 11.6
Certificate III/IV 21.2 21.1
Year 12 17.6 18.1
Year 11 3.9 4.8
Year 10 and below 7.7 12.5

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.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Inspectors and Regulatory Officers who have a good attention to detail, strong people skills and a good work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 57%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 55%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 54%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 52%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 52%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 46%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 45%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 45%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 43%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 43%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 41%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 41%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 39%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 36%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 34%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 69%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 58%

    Law and government

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

  • 58%

    Computers and electronics

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

  • 58%

    English language

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

  • 53%

    Clerical

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

  • 49%

    Public safety and security

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

  • 49%

    Education and training

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

  • 48%

    Administration and management

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

  • 42%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 38%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 30%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 28%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 27%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 25%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 24%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 24%

    Transportation

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

  • 24%

    Medicine and dentistry

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

  • 19%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 16%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 16%

    Production and processing

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


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 57%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 57%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 55%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 55%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 55%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 52%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 52%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 52%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 46%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 45%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 43%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 41%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 41%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 41%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 37%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.


Activities

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

  • 71%

    Collecting and organising information

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

  • 71%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 69%

    Checking compliance with standards

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

  • 65%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 65%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 63%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 63%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 62%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 61%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 60%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 60%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 59%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 59%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 56%

    Documenting or recording information

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

  • 56%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 53%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 53%

    Providing office support

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  • 51%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 50%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 44%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 86%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 86%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 43%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 33%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 24%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 67%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 67%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 57%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 57%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 48%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 96%

    Contact with people

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

  • 95%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 90%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 90%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 89%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 81%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  • 79%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 79%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 77%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 76%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 75%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 75%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 74%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 73%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 73%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

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

  • 71%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 71%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 71%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 71%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

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