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3113 Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers inspect animals, plants and agricultural produce and facilities to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality, health and licensing.

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 Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)

At least three years 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.

Tasks Include:

  • inspecting animals, plants and agricultural produce to identify product quality issues, and providing advice to producers
  • developing, implementing, auditing and monitoring quality procedures at farms and food handling and processing facilities to ensure compliance with required standards
  • testing samples of produce for quality, size and purity ensuring that required standards of hygiene are observed at storage, processing and packing facilities and in transport vehicles
  • advising primary producers on economic aspects of disease eradication and informing producers and the general public of the health implications of diseases and impurities
  • advising on the identification of pests and diseases and on regulations pertaining to grading, packing and loading of products
  • examining imported plants and animals, and products, such as dairy and meat products, timber, seeds and dried fruits and the conveyances that transport them for biosecurity risks, and issuing directions to control biosecurity risks
  • patrolling and investigating waterways for unlawful fishing activities and the removal of protected marine life
  • educating, advising and providing information on a wide range of topics relating to fish and their protection
  • may initiate or assist in legal action to enforce regulations

Occupations:

  • 311311 Fisheries Officer
  • 311312 Meat Inspector
  • 311313 Biosecurity Officer
  • 311314┬áPrimary Products Quality Assurance Officer
  • 311399 Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers nec

311311 Fisheries Officer

Alternative Title:

  • Fisheries Inspector

Inspects fishing vessels, gear, licences and catches to ensure that fisheries laws and regulations are obeyed.

Skill Level: 2

311312 Meat Inspector

Inspects animal carcasses, internal organs and meat processing facilities for disease to ensure compliance with government and industry standards with respect to quality and health.

Skill Level: 2

311313 Biosecurity Officer

Inspects and assesses goods, conveyances, plants, animals, and the environment for biosecurity risk to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and to prevent the incursion and spread of exotic pests and diseases.

Skill Level: 2

311314 Primary Products Quality Assurance Officer

Develops, implements and oversees monitoring, testing and application of quality assurance programs within a primary production or processing enterprise.

May monitor production requirements as they relate to food safety, biosecurity, and quality assurance.

Skill Level: 2

Specialisations:

  • Dairy Quality Assurance Officer

  • Meat Quality Assurance Officer

311399 Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers nec

This occupation group covers Primary Products Assurance and Inspection Officers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 2