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 ACT 4.2%

NSW NSW 33.7%

NT NT 1.1%

QLD QLD 21.5%

SA SA 8.2%

TAS TAS 3.4%

VIC VIC 19.2%

WA WA 8.6%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 47.9%

Female 52.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 15.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 20.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 28.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.2%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 4.2%

25-34 - 14.9%

35-44 - 30.2%

45-54 - 32.5%

55-59 - 11.2%

60-64 - 5.1%

65 and Over - 1.9%

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

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