Primary Products Inspector

Primary Products Inspectors check a variety of different products such as abattoirs, plants and produce from farms as well as storage or shipment locations and wholesale markets to make sure they meet government hygiene and quality standards. They also make sure they meet all export requirements. Specialisations may include meat inspectors, quarantine inspection service officers, and sugarcane analysts/auditors.

Duties and tasks

  • Advise others loading/packing best practices
  • Check live animals, produce, and crops for disease, residue from insects or chemicals, etc. and toss those with substandard quality
  • Examine and grade produce to assure that ingredients used in processing meet government grading and purity standards
  • Examine imported products, animals, and plants and make quarantine regulations as necessary
  • Make sure that fishing regulations are obeyed and livestock are fit for human consumption before and after slaughter
  • Supervise proper disposal of quarantine trash and the fumigation of aircrafts and ships

Skills required

  • Ability to make accurate observations
  • Able to handle many kinds of animals with patience and confidence
  • Comfortable working with computers and other current technologies
  • Excellent communication skills/ interpersonal skills
  • Excellent supervisory and organizational skills

Working conditions

Primary Products Inspectors should be in good physical condition for lifting, walking, and standing- sometimes long hours. Kneeling and stopping or sometimes also required. This job requires a good bit of concentration, and workers may sometimes be exposed to inclement weather outside and potentially large amounts of dust when working in storage areas.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Department of Primary Industries (Victoria)
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Agricultural Inspector
  • Australian Quarantine Inspection Service Officer
  • Customs Officer
  • Dairy Produce Inspector
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Farm Products Inspector
  • Fisheries Inspector
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Food Standards Officer
  • Livestock Farmer
  • Meat inspectors
  • Quality Inspector
  • Quarantine Inspector
  • Quarantine Officer
  • Sugarcane analysts/auditors