Certificate IV in Government Investigations

National Code: PSP40416
TAFE SA Code: TP00935


This course provides skills and knowledge for those working or seeking work in government investigations or regulatory compliance. Investigation processes including gathering and recording evidence and interview techniques will be taught with other skills essential to employment in the public sector including values and ethics.

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24 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
This course is recommended for those working in or wanting to work in government investigation or regulatory compliance. We recommend that you have a minimum of Year 11, a Certificate III or 6 months work experience before starting this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Delivery for this course is blended with online and on-campus classes.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need access to a computer and the internet.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include Federal, State and Local Government investigation and compliance positions, managers and supervisors.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Government Investigations (PSP40416)
    This specialist qualification covers the competencies required by those responsible for statutory investigation under a range of legislation, regulations, mandated government and organisational policy and instructions. Topics covered include government structures and processes, organisational responsibilities and effective conduct and reporting of investigations. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units and 9 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply regulatory powers 60
    Conduct an investigation 40
    Finalise an investigation 30
    Gather information through interviews 50
    Plan and initiate an investigation 50
    Uphold and support the values and principles of public service 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply government processes 30
    Apply the principles of evidence law 60
    Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
    Deliver and monitor service to clients 30
    Develop work priorities 40
    Encourage compliance with legislation in the public sector 30
    Identify and apply the legal framework 60
    Lead effective workplace relationships 50
    Lead Team Effectiveness 50
    Produce formal record of interview 60
    Research legal information using primary sources 40
    Value diversity 30
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