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Summary of occupation

​Water inspectors monitor the allocation and use of water resources such as streams, rivers, and underground water throughout Western Australia. This includes water for drinking, industry, mining, agriculture, and urban development. Water inspectors are involved in the development of water allocation plans to protect the ecosystems that depend on water resources, such as wetlands and rivers. They also regulate water licensing and permits in Western Australia, facilitate investigations to monitor compliance, identify future supply options, and play a role in managing water and land use planning.

ANZSCO description: Monitors the allocation and use of water from water resources such as streams, rivers and underground sources.
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Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A water inspector needs:

  • good communication and negotiation skills
  • to be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • strong problem solving skills
  • analytical and critical thinking skills
  • good planning and organisation skills
  • knowledge of relevant water resource policy and legislation.
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Working conditions

​Water inspectors primarily work for government departments, but can also work in the private sector.

They usually work in an office environment, and may also be required to undertake fieldwork. They may consult with members of the community, conduct site inspections, and travel to rural areas of Western Australia to monitor local water usage and requirements.

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Salary details

​On average, water inspectors, classified under inspectors and regulatory officers, can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

​Water inspectors use computers to perform many of their tasks, such as receiving and assessing online applications for licences and permits. They may use geographic information systems to monitor and analyse geographical data, as well as aerial imagery to monitor that water is only used for authorised purposes. During site inspections, water inspectors may be required to wear safety gear such as safety footwear and high visibility clothing.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​To become a water inspector you usually need to complete a traineeship. The save water assistant, save water officer and save water controller traineeships usually take 12 months to complete. The save water assistant traineeship is available as a school-based traineeship.

A university qualification in environmental science may improve your chances of employment. All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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