Qualification details

PUA50212 - Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 17/Aug/2012

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to POL50115 - Diploma of PolicingThis qualification supersedes and is equivalent to PUA50212 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing). 18/Oct/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA50210 - Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)Packaging rules reviewed. Unit updated. 16/Aug/2012

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
PUACOM005B - Foster a positive organisational image in the communityFoster a positive organisational image in the community Core
PUAPOLGD001A - Maintain police operational safetyMaintain police operational safety Core
PUAPOLGD002A - Apply policing methodsApply policing methods Core
PUAPOLGD003A - Undertake initial police investigationUndertake initial police investigation Core
PUAPOLGD004A - Gather, collate and record police informationGather, collate and record police information Core
PUAPOLGD005A - Use and maintain police operational equipmentUse and maintain police operational equipment Core
PUAPOLGD006A - Facilitate effective communication in the policing environmentFacilitate effective communication in the policing environment Core
PUAPOLGD007A - Manage persons in care or custodyManage persons in care or custody Core
PUAPOLGD009A - Manage involvement in the judicial processManage involvement in the judicial process Core
PUAPOLGD010A - Perform police administrative dutiesPerform police administrative duties Core
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 441312 Police Officer 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3911 Police Officers 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0911 Justice And Law Enforcement 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Police Forces 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Police Officer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 441312 Police Officer 03/Dec/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3911 Police Officers 03/Dec/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0911 Justice And Law Enforcement 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 17/Aug/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



PUA12 v1

New release of existing qualification from PUA00 v8.1: PUA50210. Packaging rules wording revised, units updated. Equivalent.


Not applicable.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

In the public safety industry, qualification pathways depend on a range of factors specific to each industry such as organisational/agency structure, promotional structure and rank structure.

Policing qualifications have been developed to set agreed minimum standards for police personnel that should be contextualised within the specifics of each Police jurisdiction/ agency/organisational policy and procedure.

A recruit will join a Police agency, generally become a Police Officer and subsequently move into a specialist role (such as a supervisor, detective, dog handler, scientific officer etc.).

Therefore, the recruit will be equipped vocationally with generic Police competencies, and often move into a supervising, managing, leading role or into a technical specialist role. This qualification engages the candidate who accesses policing for the first time or has limited experience and /or knowledge of policing environments. The qualification will generally be accessed by candidates from varied contexts such as school leavers, candidates who have completed other qualifications and candidates who have experience in other industries and/or completed qualifications in other disciplines.

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

  • achievement of other Public Safety Training Package qualifications at Certificate IV level
  • completion of police jurisdictional specific training
  • entry points that demonstrate potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as vocational experience in a range of environments at the level supporting this qualification.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving the PUA50212 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role. Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include to:

  • commence the PUA61812 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Supervision)
  • undertake specific technical specialist qualifications.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA50212 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Public Safety qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill 

Employability Skills Statement 


  • communicate effectively with a wide range of community members such as those with physical/sensory/intellectual impairment and with different cultural backgrounds
  • communicate in writing (prepare briefs of evidence, exhibit register)
  • prepare and compile statements


  • promote the organisation in the community
  • seek out and respond effectively to feedback related to personal performance
  • work in a team

Problem solving 

  • make decisions and solve problems
  • negotiate/resolve/mediate conflict (negotiation can take place with supervisors, colleagues and members of the public)
  • recognise and accurately assess, situational risks/hazards

Initiative and enterprise 

  • de-escalate incidents
  • maintain an acceptable demeanour (in relation to issues such as appearance, confidence, deportment, dress standard)
  • minimise workplace risks to self, colleagues and the public

Planning and organising 

  • analyse and plan appropriate action
  • command, control, coordinate initial emergency responses at an incident scene
  • organise and manage time effectively


  • act autonomously
  • maintain consistently high levels of professional ethics and integrity in all work practices and dealings with the community
  • recognise, accurately assess and acknowledge personal strengths and weaknesses


  • learn about jurisdictional laws, policy and procedures
  • learn organisational Codes of Ethics
  • plan and implement personal improvement plans


  • maintain a professional safety first attitude to the use of police equipment
  • operate interviewing recording equipment
  • safely operate and use general issue and emergency operational equipment and safety clothing

Packaging Rules

13 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

  • 12 core units
  • 1 elective unit

Choose the elective unit from either the elective list below, or  elsewhere within this training package, or  another endorsed training package, or  accredited course.

Elective unit selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification. 


Core Units 


Foster a positive organisational image in the community


Maintain police operational safety


Apply policing methods


Undertake initial police investigation


Gather, collate and record police information


Use and maintain police operational equipment


Facilitate effective communication in the policing environment


Manage persons in care or custody


Manage involvement in the judicial process


Perform police administrative duties


Manage personal and ethical performance


Address customer needs


Elective Units 


Drive police vehicles


Perform inter-jurisdictional police duties


Work in a team


Information about customising PUA12 Public Safety Training Package qualifications in the Customisation of Qualifications section.

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