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 about 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 animals and, if possible, notify owners
follow up complaints, conduct interviews and issue penalty notices to animal 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.
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.par 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
mature and confident
patient, able to show initiative and be discrete
able to cope with the physical demands of the job.