Government & Defence

Local Government Inspector

Local government inspectors enforce laws and regulations in accordance with the Local Government Act, and other laws enforced by councils.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Local Government Inspector do?

Local government inspectors enforce laws and regulations in accordance with the Local Government Act, and other laws enforced by councils. This includes council by-laws or legislation covering residential and commercial development, heritage and conservation, trees, pollution and littering, parking and traffic regulations. Local government inspectors are also known as council rangers.


Work activities

Inspectors may perform the following tasks:

  • talk with people who dispute council actions
  • issue notices to cut back or remove plant growth that overhang footpaths and streets
  • inspect residential or commercial premises with regard to complying development applications
  • issue notices to people found littering
  • issue notices for illegal dumping of waste or garbage
  • record and issue penalty notices for illegal parking or overstaying time limits
  • provide information to the police about stolen or abandoned vehicles.

Key skills and interests

To become a local government inspector, you would need:

  • enjoy working with the public
  • a polite but firm manner
  • good communication skills
  • the ability to handle difficult situations in a calm and professional way
  • a knowledge of the regulations you are enforcing
  • maturity, patience and discretion
  • occupational health and safety awareness
  • a current drivers' licence.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time job you would work a standard number of hours per week, Monday to Friday. Part-time work may be available.


You would be based in an office that may be open to the public. You may need to travel within your local government area to visit ratepayer premises, go to meetings, or to visit other council offices or sites.


How to become an Local Government Inspector?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a local government inspector without formal qualifications. You would get some training on the job. Some local government bodies or councils might offer traineeships in Local Government (Regulatory Services).

You may need to pass a police check and medical assessment. A current drivers’ licence may also be required.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

The number of employment opportunities for local government inspectors is expected to remain relatively stable.

Local government inspectors are employed by local councils. Technology, such as automated issuing of fines, has reduced the need for local government inspectors somewhat. However, inspectors will still be needed especially in the areas of residential and commercial building construction and development, to ensue compliance with rules and regulations.

Opportunities for local government inspectors in the future may be influenced by proposed local council amalgamations in some states of Australia.


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