Local Government Inspector
Local government inspectors are responsible for enforcing various council by-laws, parking and traffic regulations and provisions contained in the Local Government Act and other legislation enforced by councils.
Duties & Tasks
Inspectors may perform the following tasks:
- talk with people who dispute council actions
- issue notices to cut back or remove plant growth that overhangs footpaths and streets, as well as undergrowth from premises
- issue notices to people found littering
- patrol streets and parking areas to check that vehicles are legally parked (have not exceeded maximum parking times, for example)
- issue notices to people parking illegally
- provide information to the police on stolen or abandoned vehicles
- issue notices to people in violation of environmental protection regulations (such as lighting an incinerator outside specified times or illegally burning substances such as rubber)
- catch stray and unregistered dogs and, if possible, notify owners
- follow up complaints, conduct interviews and issue penalty notices to dog owners who are in violation of the various acts and by-laws
- keep records of issued notices and payment of penalties
- attend court to give evidence in support of any prosecutions
- give timely and courteous advice to the community.
Compliance Officer (Local Government)
A compliance officer (local government) performs site inspections, investigates and reports on new and existing land use and building activities, and resolves complaints. They liaise with solicitors, developers, property owners and occupiers to achieve compliance with local government legislation. Compliance officers need to be able to communicate effectively and have a broad skills and knowledge base.
Duties performed by inspectors vary among councils depending on where the council is and the inspector's experience and training. For example, an inspector employed by a coastal council is likely to perform duties relating to provisions contained in the Coastal Protection and Boating Acts. In some councils, inspectors perform both traffic and general inspection duties.
With experience and sometimes further training, inspectors may progress to the position of chief inspector.
Inspectors mainly work outdoors without direct supervision and may be required to wear a uniform. They may be required to work some evenings, weekends and public holidays, overtime or shifts. Inspectors have a considerable amount of contact with the public.
- enjoy working outdoors and willing to work in all types of weather
- able to deal politely and, at times, firmly with members of the public
- good communication and conflict resolution skills
- maturity and confidence
- initiative, discretion and patience
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job.