Government & Defence

Weights & Measures Inspector

Weights and measures inspectors carry out checks to ensure that advertised or specified measurements are accurate.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Weights & Measures Inspector do?

Weights and measures inspectors carry out checks to ensure that advertised or specified measurements are accurate.

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Work activities

As a weights & measures inspector, you would:

  • test and re-calibrate weighing and measuring equipment to ensure accuracy
  • perform checks on goods sold by weight or measure for exactness
  • investigate products that fall short of required weights or measures
  • initiate legal enforcement action through the court system
  • advise and educate producers and traders on trade measurement law.
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Key skills and interests

To become a weights & measures inspector, you would need:

  • to enjoy technical work
  • excellent numeracy and calculation skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • clear written and oral communication
  • knowledge of trade measurement law.

To apply to be a weights & measures inspector you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a weights & measures inspector you would work a standard number of hours per week, with necessary overtime or weekend work when necessary.

Conditions

You would be based in an office but spend time visiting production facilities, supermarkets, service stations and licensed premises.

You are required to have a current drivers' licence.

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How to become an Weights & Measures Inspector?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to become a weights & measures inspector, but completion of your senior secondary school certificate or a trade qualification would be an advantage. Candidates must apply to the National Measurement Institute, which would assess your suitability. If successful, you would undertake both formal and informal training on the job. Once training is completed you would be awarded VET qualifications in Government (Trade Measurement) and Government (Investigation).

A medical examination may be required as part of your application process.

www.measurement.gov.au

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment opportunities for weights and measures inspectors are expected to remain static.

These roles are available only in government organisations charged with inspection and compliance, the number of available jobs is expected to remain about the same.

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