PSP50416 – Diploma of Government Investigations

The PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations is designed for those people who are working within investigation functions within the Australian or State Public Service.

Tasked with collecting, evaluating and utilising evidence to support litigation, among other responsibilities, the role of an investigator can be an exciting and intense occupation. There’s no typical day for a government investigator – one day you are conducting interviews to reveal fraudulent activities, the next you could be working alongside other agencies to coordinate investigations.

This nationally-recognised qualification will give you the combination of practical skills and knowledge you need to become a government investigator, the PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations is the qualification outlined as being required in many role descriptions for this exciting and fulfilling career path.

The best part is you can study anytime, anywhere at a pace that suits you with Transformed. Our industry-experienced facilitators, supportive learning environment and absolute flexibility will help you reach your career goals, faster.

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    This qualification covers the competencies required by a person responsible for the coordination and conduct of investigations. It is suitable for individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled duties in a government investigations environment.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the PSP50416 Diploma of Government Investigations, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate investigation skills based on current best practice.
    • Effective manage the investigative phases of planning, processes and execution.
    • Review and evaluation major investigations and provide recommendations on enhanced policy and procedures.
    • Apply practice methodology according to ethical, procedural and statutory guidelines when conducting investigations.

    Career prospects include:


    • Public servant officers
    • Investigator
    • Human Resources Officer
    Course Fees and Funding

    Course Price: $4,400 online only
    Fees are GST exempt.

    Successful completion of the qualification within the course duration period, a completion rebate of $250 will be paid.

    Funding Arrangements
    A tuition fee of $1,500 applies for ACT User Choice enrolments in this qualification. 

    Support and Delivery

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    1. Online Learning – The learning environment provides access to study guides, assessment materials & submission links and online support from your assessor 

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    Course Duration

    The completion timeframe for this qualification is 18 months.

    Course Structure

    The Diploma of Government Investigations consists of eleven units of competency, consisting of:

    • five core units plus
    • six elective units (as listed below)

      Core Units

      Unit code Description
      PSPETH003  Promote the values and ethos of public service.
      PSPLEG003 Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector.
      PSPINV002 Conduct an investigation.
      PSPREG021 Coordinate investigation processes
      PSPREG026 Review and evaluate investigations.

      Elective Units

      Unit code Description
      BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements.
      PSPFRU004 Anticipate and detect possible fraud activity.
      PSPGEN054 Use complex workplace communication strategies.
      PSPMGT007  Manage risk
      PSPREG022  Supervise and carry out complex inspections.
      PSPGEN046 Undertake research and analysis.


      Student Profile

      This course is designed for those individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled duties in a government investigation environment.

      Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Government Investigations, a person could seek employment in the following roles:

      • Public servant officers
      • Investigator
      • Human Resources Officer
      Entry Requirements

      There are no mandatory entry requirements, however Transformed advises candidates for the Diploma of Government Investigations must meet the following entry requirements:

      • A role within The Australian Public Sector
      • Good literacy and numeracy.
      • Access to a computer and the internet.

      Expected level of student skills: It is expected students have a level of digital literacy to access information, communicate and complete training and assessment activities using a computer/tablet and our online learning platform. Students will be required to complete a number of tasks independently, and to have the skills to manage their own time and study. Students are expected to be able to research and analyse information, and to apply knowledge to real world situations.

      Students will be required to independently read and understand a range of different documents including organisation policies, plans, guidelines & procedures, external documentation (may include codes, policies and articles), handbooks, instruction guides (and where applicable drawing and plans). Students are also required to develop written documentation, including risk assessments, action plans, logs, reports.

      A key skill for this program is the ability to effectively communicate with others in English.

      Technology requirements: Students should be able to access and use computer/tablet device with word processing software, internet browser, email account and webcam/microphone and speakers (or headset). An internet connection is also required.


      Students are required to undertake a number of assessment activities, including but not limited to:

      • Assessment tasks.
      • Written question and answers; and
      • Provision of a portfolio of evidence
      • Workplace or third party verification

      Assessment for the Diploma of Government Investigations is against the standards within the PSP Public Sector Training Package release 1.0.

      Candidates can expect to spend approx. 1080 hours on research, learning and assessment tasks.

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Is currently not available for the qualification.