Unit Group

5995 Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

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ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
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5995 Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

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


  • 599511 Customs Officer
  • 599512 Immigration Officer
  • 599513 Motor Vehicle Licence Examiner
  • 599514 Invasive Pest, Weed and Disease Inspector
  • 599515 Social Security Assessor
  • 599516 Taxation Inspector
  • 599517 Train Examiner
  • 599518 Transport Operations Inspector
  • 599521 Water Inspector
  • 599599 Inspectors and Regulatory Officers nec

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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