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Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
Unit Group

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

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • 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 invasive pests and diseases, and determining treatments and management actions
  • 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

Occupations in this unit group

  • 599511 - Customs Officer

    Alternative Title:

    • 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.

    Skill Level: 4


    • Customs Investigator
  • 599512 - 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.

    Skill Level: 4

  • 599513 - Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner

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

    Skill Level: 4

  • 599514 - Invasive Pest, Weed and Disease Inspector

    Alternative Titles:

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

    Inspects and monitors plants, animals, land and water for invasive pests and diseases, and organises for their control or eradication.

    Skill Level: 4

  • 599515 - Social Security Assessor

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

    Skill Level: 4

  • 599516 - Taxation Inspector

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

    Skill Level: 4

  • 599517 - Train Examiner

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

    Skill Level: 4


    • Locomotive Inspector
  • 599518 - Transport Operations Inspector

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

    Skill Level: 4


    • Bus Inspector
    • Tram Inspector
  • 599521 - Water Inspector

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

    Skill Level: 4


    • Boring Inspector
    • Stream Control Officer
  • 599599 - Inspectors and Regulatory Officers nec

    This occupation group covers Inspectors and Regulatory Officers not elsewhere classified.

    Skill Level: 4

    Occupations in this group include:

    • Animal Management Officer
    • Trade Mark Examiner
    • Weights and Measures Inspector
    • Assessment and Compliance Officer

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