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What you need to know about “elementisation.”

It’s elementary: why investigation and compliance officers need to know about “elementisation.” A recent case in the Planning and Environment court (Serratore & Anor v Noosa Shire Council [2021] QPEC 21) highlighted the importance of investigators and compliance officers knowing about “elementising” evidence. And it…

Studying for Online Courses: Strategies for Success

Student life has been adapting to suit the needs and requirements of COVID-19.  The pandemic has affected many aspects of social, economic, and environmental norms.  Students have been forced to face a situation never seen before…. online classes.  Changes in routine and study methods are…

Investigators…what are your ethical “tests?”

The investigation industry is often plagued with controversies regarding ethical concerns; whether it’s the private investigator undertaking dodgy practices conducting surveillance, or the government investigator missing procedural fairness when investigating misconduct. Unfortunately, there’s no standard ethical code for guidance across all investigations and industry groups….

Contemporaneous notes… what, how and why

There used to be an old saying amongst detectives that “if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen!” One of the most important skills an investigator can have is notetaking.  While it seems commonplace (and common sense), notetaking is often overlooked as being important.  Our…

Chasing rabbits as an investigator

Chasing every rabbit as an investigator? A recent Fair Work Australia case (Deng v Westpac, 2018) again highlighted procedural fairness as a real consideration amongst courts and tribunals in dealing with things like unfair dismissal. It’s commonplace for courts to examine whether a person was…

Stop ticking the box for workplace training

Companies spent approximately $359 billion on training globally in 2016.   With the Covid pandemic of 2020, no doubt there would have been a significant increase in this spend. How much of this training actually contributed to improved performance, skills or knowledge?   How much of this…

Digital Forensics..What an Investigator needs to know

Professional investigators are typically highly skilled in gathering evidence through interviews, but what about obtaining and analysing digital evidence?  Deleted text messages, hidden emails and social media communication are some of the more common elements of evidence being sought in modern times.   A bullying…