Local Land Services

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

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Delivery Mode

  • Face to Face
  • Blended approach 
  • Online learning




  • Dates:
    • WORKSHOP 1:  24-27 October 2017
    • WORKSHOP 2:  21-23 November 2017
  • Registrations close: 22 September 2017
  • Venue: University of Canberra, Bruce

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

Refresher and Bridging Compliance Course

- 3 day course


    This course is suitable for Officers who seek to refresh their skills in monitoring compliance with Biosecurity legislation and conducting investigations.  It is also suitable for Authorised Officers who seek to further develop an understanding of the Biosecurity Act 2015, and how it relates to the functions, duties, and powers of Authorised Officers.

    Units of Competency

    Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

    PSPCRT007      Compile and use official notes

    PSPGEN038     Identify and treat risks

    The above units form part of PSP40416 Certificate IV in Government Investigations.

    Delivery Mode

    • Face to Face
    • Blended approach 
    • Online learning


    • None

    2017 Course LOCATIONS AND DATEs:

    To be advised