Qualification details

PUA60312 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation) (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to POL65115 - Advanced Diploma of Police Investigation 18/Oct/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA60310 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation) 16/Aug/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 17/Aug/2012

Units of competency

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PUAPOLIV004A - Conduct investigative interviewsConduct investigative interviewsSupersededCore
PUAPOLIV001A - Manage police investigationsManage police investigationsSupersededCore
PUAPOLIV003A - Manage incident scenesManage incident scenesSupersededCore
PUACOM007B - Liaise with other organisationsLiaise with other organisationsSupersededCore
PUAPOLGD015A - Employ media strategiesEmploy media strategiesDeletedCore
PUAPOLIV011A - Manage information within specialised policing functionsManage information within specialised policing functionsSupersededCore
PUAPOLGD013A - Develop productive working relationshipsDevelop productive working relationshipsDeletedCore
PUAPOLGD009A - Manage involvement in the judicial processManage involvement in the judicial processDeletedCore
PUAPOLIV002A - Conduct police investigationsConduct police investigationsSupersededCore
PUAPOLIV009A - Manage physical evidenceManage physical evidenceDeletedCore
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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 411 Advanced Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Police Forces 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Police Detective 

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 411 Advanced Diploma 17/Aug/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



PUA12 v1

New release of existing qualification from PUA00 v8.1: PUA60310. 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.

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

  • achievement of the PUA50212 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
  • completion of police jurisdictional specific training
  • entry points that demonstrate potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, including: appropriate vocational experience within a range of environments such policing, investigations and other relevant environments or appropriate work experience in a investigations environment.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving the PUA60312 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role. Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include to:

  • commence the PUA80312 Vocational Graduate Certificate of Public Safety (Police Investigation)
  • undertake supervision and management policing 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 PUA60312 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation) 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 facts in a fluent, clear and interesting manner
  • communicate questions in the interview that reflect fairness, objectivity and impartiality to the interviewee
  • prepare and submit documents


  • counsel and mentor colleagues
  • motivate, lead and direct individuals/team
  • respond to the concerns of individuals and work teams

Problem solving 

  • deal with issues raised through consultations and promptly resolve or refer to the appropriate personnel for resolution
  • make decisions and solve problems
  • solve problems in responding to a range of incident scene contexts

Initiative and enterprise 

  • analyse situations and think logically
  • establish rapport with interviewee to enhance communication
  • retain professionalism under duress

Planning and organising 

  • manage resources
  • organise and manage time effectively
  • regularly review and modify elected interview strategies to adapt to changing circumstances


  • overtly display professionalism in all day-to-day work activities
  • review own performance during interview to identify areas for improvement
  • show empathy with victims and operational personnel


  • learn about court procedures and processes
  • learn about organisational corporate goals, plans and strategies
  • learn about relevant law, policies and procedures


  • manage computers and information
  • use recording equipment
  • use specialised investigatory equipment such as fingerprinting equipment, computer software, photographic equipment etc.

Packaging Rules

10 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

  • 10 core units


Core Units 


Liaise with other organisations


Manage involvement in the judicial process


Develop productive working relationships


Employ media strategies


Manage police investigations


Conduct police investigations


Manage incident scenes


Conduct investigative interviews


Manage physical evidence


Manage information within specialised policing functions