How To Become A Government Investigator In Australia


The role of a government investigator is critical in administering and regulating legislation relevant to the government agency or statutory authority for which they may be working.  

For example: Dept of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) regulate laws (legislation) such as the Biodiversity & Management Act & Fish Resources Management Act.  RSPCA regulate the Animal Welfare Act. The Dept of Health regulates the Food Act.  So, you can see the context of investigations within the government may be quite diverse.

Government investigators play a crucial role in investigating and solving various types of cases, including, but not limited to,  fraud, corruption, organised crime, and other criminal activities. Government investigators may investigate ‘misconduct’ issues, where the rules of evidence don’t apply, and the focus of the investigation is different to that of a criminal investigation, such as breaches of codes of conduct and ethical issues, such as conflicts of interest, sexual harassment and the like.

If you aspire to become a government investigator in Australia, here’s a comprehensive guide on how you can pursue your career in this field with the help of Paragon Corporate Training.

Step 1: Gain Relevant Education and Skills

To become a government investigator in Australia, you will need to possess the necessary education and skills. There are three certificates to choose from, each holding great benefit and opportunity. All training is available at Paragon Corporate Training. These include:

Cert III in Investigative Services:

This investigations course offers a comprehensive qualification for individuals who wish to enter the dynamic field of private investigation. Through this course, you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct thorough investigations across a wide range of contexts, including work health and safety, covert surveillance, civil matters, missing persons, insurance fraud, risk management, and government and corporate compliance. Upon completion of the course you will feel confident and capable to handle diverse investigative tasks independently. Depending on the role and responsibilities, further training may be required of the individual, depending on the context of your investigations. 

Duration: 10-day course.

Cert IV in Government Investigations:

This advanced qualification in investigations covers everything that is learnt in Cert III in Investigative Services as well as further training on areas including; evidence collection and management, interviewing techniques, witness statement acquisition, record of interviews of persons of interest (suspects),court testimony, investigation reporting and preparation of prosecution brief and giving of evidence in court. The course equips participants with advanced investigative skills that align with the best practices in compliance investigations.

Duration: Intensive 5-day course. (experienced compliance officers/investigators) Or, a full course covered over 10 days

Diploma of Government Investigations:

Through this course, participants will develop the expertise needed to excel in their role as investigators in government agencies, with a comprehensive understanding of the competencies required for effective investigation coordination and execution. Covering everything that is taught in the Cert III and Cert IV as well as elaborating further on work health safety, communication strategies and various investigation processes. The Diploma is recommended for individuals entering a higher position in Investigations or, are seeking to advance in their role. The Diploma is the perfect qualification for investigators who may be managing and coordinating an investigations team or compliance business unit within the government.

Duration: The course may be completed through flexible and open learning. Recognition for prior learning is available.

In addition to formal education, it’s important to develop key skills that are essential for a government investigator. These skills may include critical thinking, problem-solving, attention to detail, communication, teamwork, time management, and the ability to work under pressure. Building a strong foundation of knowledge and skills will lay the groundwork for your future career as a government investigator.

Step 2: Gain Relevant Work Experience

Gaining relevant work experience is crucial to becoming a skilled government investigator in Australia. It’s important to start building your professional experience early on by seeking internships, volunteering, or working in related fields such as law enforcement, security, or investigative agencies. This will provide you with valuable practical experience and exposure to real-world scenarios, which can enhance your skills and knowledge.

Working in related fields can also help you network with professionals in the field and gain insights into the job requirements and expectations. Government investigator positions are often competitive, and having relevant work experience on your resume can give you an edge over other candidates.

Similar to beginning any new role, it can be challenging acquiring experience. However, the more experience you acquire the easier it will become and the more demand for your services you will discover.

Step 3: Meet the Eligibility Criteria

To become a government investigator in Australia, you must meet the eligibility criteria set by the relevant government agency or organisation This may include meeting age requirements, passing a thorough background check, and obtaining necessary certifications or licences, such as a driver’s licence, or security clearance.

If you have completed your training with Paragon Corporate Training, we require ID and proof of age for all of our courses. Additionally, students must be confident in English speaking, otherwise they may struggle with the demands of the course. It’s important to carefully review and understand the eligibility criteria of the organisation you wish to work for and ensure that you meet all the requirements.

Step 4: Apply for Government Investigator Positions

Once you have gained the necessary education, skills, and work experience, you can start applying for government investigator positions in Australia. Research and identify the relevant government agencies or organisations that employ government investigators and carefully review their job openings and application requirements.

Prepare a well-written resume and cover letter that highlight your relevant qualifications, skills, and experience. Tailor your application to the specific job and organisation you are applying for, and demonstrate your genuine interest in working as a government investigator. Be sure to submit all required documents, including transcripts, certifications, and any other requested information, accurately and on time.

Step 5: Undergo Selection Process and Training

If your application is successful, you will likely be invited to undergo a selection process, which may include written tests, interviews, background checks, and assessments. The selection process may vary depending on the organisation and the specific position you are applying for. It’s important to be prepared and demonstrate your suitability for the role through your knowledge, skills, and experience.  Do your research on the organisation that you are seeking a position with.  What is the agency’s mission statement?  What are the strategic intents?  What is the role of the agency?

Learn, upskill and succeed in Investigations

It’s important to always keep on learning and upskilling throughout your career. Not only is it important to educate yourself in order to acquire a position in the industry, it is also important to continue to learn and grow in your field throughout all stages of your career. Upskilling will ensure you stay ahead of changes in government investigations as well as increase your chances compared to others. As laws, policies and processes can change, keep your head in the books to ensure you’re following the correct procedures and current legislation. 

For any questions regarding education and training, contact our team at Paragon Corporate Training. Our team has hands-on experience in the industry and are able to provide invaluable information and the very best of training, to help you get where you want to be in your career. Begin your journey today, contact Paragon Corporate Training. 

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