Regulatory officer

Regulatory Officers work with industries to ensure corporate and governmental regulations are being followed. They inspect the operations of businesses and report infractions as necessary.

Duties and tasks

  • Carrying out random checks of industries and businesses to ensure compliance
  • Checking documentation and goods to ensure all regulations are being followed
  • Considering applications for both individual and business requests for governmental benefits
  • Examining visas and passports to prevent the entry of illegal aliens
  • Monitoring various forms of industry to enforce observance of codes and regulations
  • Searching trucks, aircraft, and other vehicles to prevent illegal activity

Skills required

  • Ability to withstand persuasion and negotiation techniques
  • Active listening
  • Awareness of why others react the way that they do
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Strong will and integrity

Working conditions

Regulatory Officers may be based out of a central governmental or corporate facility, but the work requires a lot of travel. Often, regulatory officers will visit businesses or agencies to complete their tasks, but sometimes work may be completed at a desk (such as inspecting paperwork, applications, and permits).

Professional associations / Industry information

Government Skills Australia (GSA) 

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