Inspector and regulatory officer

Inspectors and Regulatory Officers inspect and enforce standards and regulations set forth by governments and companies. They should be well-organised and thorough in their analyses and reporting.

Duties and tasks

  • Assess water resource supplies, test water samples to make sure water is clean for use and process license requests to access water
  • Check legal documents of individuals, and examine visas and applications for residency
  • Conduct inspections on potentially hazardous plants, buildings, waste management operations and a variety of other services to ensure emissions are within specific regulations
  • Document and prepare reports based on inspections and findings, referring cases for enforcement or penalties if needed
  • Evaluate bus, trains and other public transportation to ensure they are operating effectively and running according to schedule
  • Inspect company taxation documents to ensure compliance with taxation rules and regulations
  • Inspect vehicles, buildings, property and companies for regulation compliance and identify illegal activities such as undocumented freight and banned items
  • Investigate the authenticity of claims for government benefits and ensure compliance with standards

Skills required

  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Excellent Analytical Abilities
  • Strong Organisational Skills
  • Thorough and Precise

Working conditions

Inspectors and Regulatory Officers typically work Mondays to Fridays during regular business hours but may be required to work evenings to conduct random inspections or follow-ups. Some are required to travel frequently to different locations to inspect sites, buildings and vehicles.

Professional associations / Industry information

Government Skills Australia (GSA) 

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