The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) WA is the state's leading voice in animal welfare. RSPCA WA is managed locally but works toward the goals of the organisation Australia-wide. On an average day, we employ around 100 staff, and we have the support of an amazing group of volunteers. Together, our team works diligently toward preventing animal cruelty.


About this opportunity

This is our key front-line role in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act 2002. Reporting to the Inspector Manager, the inspectors work as part of a dedicated team who are responsible for investigating reports of animal cruelty and educating the public on animal welfare. In some instances, these investigations result in criminal prosecutions where you are responsible for putting together briefs and working with our legal team to take these matters to court. Primarily though, this is a small part of what we do, we aim to prevent cruelty by working with the WA Community in a compassionate and meaningful way. 

This role is full-time, 38 hours per week, based in the southwest. Historically, RSPCA WA inspectors have worked on their own, but we are in the process of transitioning to two up model where all inspectors will work in a rotating pair. This role will work with the current inspector to cover the region, based in from a Busselton location. This role requires a large amount of driving to cover this area, predominantly working on a Monday – Friday basis. There may be occasions where you are required to work weekends or be on-call for a particular matter. 

Many people want to work at RSPCA WA because they feel they are “animal” people, not “people” people, this role requires someone who has excellent communication and enjoys working with people, and as part of a team, to assist the community on a daily basis. 


  • Enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2002
  • Respond to public reports of alleged animal cruelty and emergency welfare situations
  • Identify and action immediate solutions to protect the health and well-being of animals
  • Work with local communities and existing charity rescue groups
  • Conduct investigations to establish evidence to support prosecutions
  • Work with RSPCA WA's Legal Counsel to bring prosecutions and complete investigation files at a high standard
  • Actively participate in community engagement to deliver preventative strategies
  • Engage with and educate members of the public to enhance responsible animal ownership

Skills and experience

  • Experience in a regulatory, law enforcement or compliance related discipline is desirable
  • Awareness of duties under the Animal Welfare Act 2002
  • Practiced and objective investigator, with exceptional record keeping is desirable
  • Outstanding communication skills, with an ability to maintain professionalism and composure in resolving conflict
  • Capacity to be resilient and remain compassionate when facing difficult situations
  • Able to competently use a range of technology to complete work and administration duties.
  • Demonstrated animal handling skills and animal related experience
  • Good physical fitness and health (will need to undergo a pre-employment medical)


Working at RSPCA WA you get to develop your career in a dynamic environment, where you are challenged and learn something new every day. 


  • Three additional days of wellness leave per year.
  • It's a rewarding day at work when everything you do counts toward a great cause!
  • Discounted services and products, including high quality pet food.


At RSPCA WA, we accept and celebrate our differences. We aim to create a diverse workforce where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We believe it is in the RSPCA WA's best interests and those who work within it, to recognise the value of each individual and to combat prejudice, stereotyping and harassment.

How to Apply

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