How to become a Water Services Officer

Water services officers are responsible for planning, controlling and delivering water for purposes such as irrigation, commercial, stock and domestic usage.

Personal requirements of a Water Services Officer

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work independently
  • good communication skills
  • comfortable working with computers
  • commitment to occupational health and safety
  • a current drivers licence.

Duties & Tasks of a Water Services Officer

Water services officers: • plan and order water deliveries • distribute orders and control water flow • monitor, regulate and undertake maintenance of storages, reservoirs and pumping stations.

Working conditions for a Water Services Officer

Water services officers work both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, in both rural and metropolitan areas.


Water Inspector

A water inspector monitors the allocation and use of water from water resources, including streams, rivers and underground water. A water inspector may also receive and assess applications for licences to use water; investigate hydrological records to determine the ability of water resources to meet new requirements or demands; investigate complaints concerning flooding, unauthorised construction work or obstructions to water courses; and administer regulations relating to the licensing of water use.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 29%

NT 0%

QLD 24.4%

SA 8.8%

TAS 0%

VIC 20.2%

WA 17.6%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 72%

Female 28%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 15.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 31.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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