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Inspector - Newcastle / Lake Macquarie


As an RSPCA NSW Inspector, based within the Newcastle or Lake Macquarie regions, you will ensure guidance and education is provided to animal owners and conduct investigations into matters concerning animal welfare.

Working as part of a larger team, you will service regions across NSW.

Why work for us?

  • Additional rostered day off per month
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Fully maintained company car, laptop and phone
  • A broad range of leave entitlements including 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Generous staff discounts on products and services, including pet food, retail and vet clinic products and services
  • Access to a range of mental health and wellbeing supportive initiatives, including confidential counselling services and education programs
  • Access to a range of learning and development opportunities


With over 500 staff, RSPCA NSW works with the community to prevent cruelty to animals. This is carried out through the shelters and veterinary hospitals dedicated to treating, rehabilitating and rehoming animals as well as through various education program's.

HOW we do it, makes a difference

  • We work with passion, focus and commitment
  • We value the roles played by all in our teams
  • We adapt and improve as we learn from experience
  • We support each other as we work to achieve the best outcome

About the Role

Covering areas across NSW, you will be required to:

  • Investigate animal cruelty complaints
  • Provide guidance to animal owners on animal husbandry and standards of animal care
  • Perform animal rescues, captures and assess animal welfare environments
  • Understand relevant legislation (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979)
  • Effectively communicate with members of the public, media, external agencies and all stakeholders
  • Promote animal welfare consistently
  • Undertake routine inspections relevant to regulated animal trades and codes of practice
  • Prepare enforcement documents including cautions, penalty infringement notices and briefs of evidence

This role is Monday to Friday with a rotating weekend shift. Some travel and overnight stays may be required on an as need basis.

About You

You will have the confidence to interact with both individuals and groups and will posses strong time management and organisational skills, in addition to:

  • Certificate IV in Government Investigations/equivalent experience or a willingness to obtain certification
  • Current unrestricted NSW drivers licence
  • Demonstrated animal handling skills, including domestic animals, livestock and/or native animal species
  • Previous law enforcement or investigative experience
  • Ability to understand and interpret legislative requirements and officer powers under POCTAA
  • Able to perform physical duties including manual handling, up to 20kg
  • Eligibility to hold a NSW Firearms Licence
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • High levels of computer literacy

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If this sounds like the role for you, we would love to hear from you! Simply click "Apply Now" to send in your resume.

RSPCA NSW is an equal opportunity employer that understands and values the importance of creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a barrier-free recruitment process for people with a disability. If you require an adjustment or assistance during the recruitment process, please contact our Recruitment team at [email protected] using the subject line: Inspector - Newcastle / Lake Macquarie enquiry via EthicalJobs and identify the type of adjustment or assistance you are requesting. Our recruitment team will respond to your email promptly.

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