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Keeping safe in hostile environments

Government compliance and investigation officers are on the front line of customer contact. Sometimes, however, this contact is not always pleasant and presents a risk both to the officer themselves and the organisation. While physical and psychological injury is a risk to any customer service…

Private Investigator helps with termination matter

Australian private investigators work across many industries and fields, government and corporate. There’s the usual tasks of factual and surveillance investigations, but within these there are a multitude of things a PI can be used for.  It’s not just about CTP, insurance and cheating partners….

Surveillance careers in the spotlight

Becoming a private investigator in Australia can open up many different job roles and exciting opportunities. Many doing their Certificate III in Investigative Services have questions about the availability of work after getting licensed. And it’s a good question! After all, who’d want to spend…

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…