Local Land Services

The Certificate IV in Government Investigations course provides officers appointed under the Local Land Services Act and Biosecurity Act 2015 with the skills to undertake their functions, duties and powers.

Delivery Mode

  • Face to Face

  • Blended approach

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)



  • Dates:

    • Workshop 1: 24-27 September 2019

    • Workshop 2: 22-24 October 2019

  • Registrations close: 24 August 2019

  • Cost: $2900

  • Venue: University of Canberra


  • Dates:

    • Workshop 1: 17-20 March 2020

    • Workshop 2: 28-30 April 2020

  • Registrations close: 17 February 2020

  • Cost: $2900

  • Venue: Belconnen Premier Inn

Coffs Harbour

  • Dates:

    • Workshop 1: 12-15 May 2020

    • Workshop 2: 2-4 June 2020

  • Registrations close: 12 April 2020

  • Cost: $2900

  • Venue: Boardrooms Pacific Bay

Please note that both workshops are mandatory in order to complete the Certificate IV in Government Investigations.

Certificate IV in Government Investigations

The training approach incorporates practical and LLS relevant simulated workplace scenarios that are used to assess the officers.  An important part of the training is not only to develop the investigative capability of the officer but to also promote the development officers to assist the LLS in its operational capacity.

A further important objective of the course is to provide understanding and application of administrative, civil and criminal actions.  The relevant laws include a number of important civil and administrative provisions that can be used to address regulatory challenges.  While the training teaches the officers to conduct an investigation, the course is not just about criminal action (prosecutions).  The course discusses the role of education and a risk-based approach to compliance. 

The training provides learning in Work Health and Safety in an operational setting to support a safe workplace.  Another important component is training in advanced communication strategies, including tactical communication, de-escalation of conflict and interviewing techniques.   The training develops report writing skills and understanding of the ethical obligations of officers. 

In addition to the Local Land Services Act, the course also deals with legislation such as the Stock Diseases Act and other environmental and biosecurity legislation.  An objective of the training includes the role of the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as it relates the regulatory functions of Local Land Services. 

The course has been delivered by ACFEC for a number of years and in 2010 ACFEC was requested by NSW DPI to administer and deliver the program.  The NSW DPI is still actively engaged in the course with Senior Investigators from the DPI assisting in the workplace simulations and mock court.  They assist in assessment and pass on their experience in regulation.

The training receives consistently high feedback that is a reflection of the contextualised program, the learning approach and specialist trainers, delivered in a positive learning environment. Managers and supervisors are also encouraged to attend the course.

For enquiries regarding enrolment and administration, please contact admin@acfec.edu.au.  For enquiries regarding course content, please contact roger@acfec.edu.au.