Certificate IV in Government Investigations (PSP40416) 

This qualification is not only a requirement for most public sector investigations, but will also allow you to independently conduct investigations on behalf of agencies such as Centrelink, Customs, Australia Post, Department of Veterans Affairs, the ATO, and many more.

The Certificate IV in Government (Investigation) program is available and assessed completely online.

In addition, included in the price of the Certificate IV is the opportunity to attend the skills based short course, Conducting Workplace Investigation - Advanced course, which runs over three days. 

Participants will gain practical skills and strategies to effectively conduct investigations in the Australian government environment at local, state, or federal level. Please note no assessment is conducted during this three day course, so while it aids in the completion of the Certificate IV, it does not go towards obtaining the Certificate. 

The aim of the both the course and the Certificate IV, is to develop competent investigators who are capable of individually completing investigations within an Australian government environment consistent with the provisions of the Australian Government Investigations Standards.

Individuals with at least 5 years of industry experience may be eligible for all or part of the course through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

The program is designed for

  • Investigators in local, state, or federal government.
  • Those wishing to enter government and take up an investigation position.
  • Investigators already in government seeking to comply with the Attorney General’s Guidelines.
  • Those seeking a pay rise or promotion.

The course should be considered by anyone who undertakes or is charged with the responsibility for:

  • Internal bullying
  • Harassment
  • Discipline
  • Whistleblowers
  • Due diligence
  • Discrimination
  • Victimisation
  • Inappropriate conduct or use of power
  • Grievance and complaint investigations

This qualification is comprised of 15 units of competencies -  6 Core units plus 9 Electives.

Core competencies



  • You are able to choose the remaining electives from the list above or another endorsed training package or accredited course. 
  • All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect the occupational learning outcomes of the Certificate IV in Government Investigations


  • Online
  • RPL all or part of your qualification with an RPL assessment.
  • Minimum hours online – 50 for those with demonstrable 5 years or more of Government Investigation experience.
  • Maximum hours online – 80 - 100 for beginners.

Complimentary sHORT cOURSE

Our short course, Conducting Workplace Investigations (Advanced), has a unique focus on investigating misconduct, bullying and harassment, and incidents at work. Attending this short course, will help you obtain the skills necessary to complete all the online competencies and assessments required for the Certificate IV in Government Investigations. Please note no assessment is conducting during this short course, therefore it cannot be used to obtained a qualification. 

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