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Diploma of Policing Investigations

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CSU's Diploma in Policing Investigations has been developed in partnership with the Australian Defence Force Investigive Service (ADFIS) to enhance the professional practice of service police employed as Australian Defence Force Investigators (ADFI).

  • Why study this course?

    This program aims to develop the skills, knowledge and attitude of ADFI by combining vocational instruction in investigations with academic studies in justice and policing.

    Participants commence the program via distance education before attending the ADF Investigator Course (ADFIC) at the Defence Police Training Course. This course prepares participants for employment as an ADFI whilst providing further exposure to issues within other police investigative jurisdictions both in Australia and abroad.

    Upon successful completion of the ADFIC, participants then complete their academic studies to become eligible for the award, which also articulates with the Bachelor of Policing (Investigations).

    Successful participation in this course will broaden the professional knowledge of the participants in the investigations field. Participants will be given the opportunity, and guidance, to be able to improve their communication skills, both verbal and written, and also their ability to apply knowledge and problem solving to areas outside of their normal field of operations. In undertaking the course, the participants will be expected to widen their perspective in policing, to allow for their potential posting to any number of military theatres internationally, and to encourage a greater application of different social and professional issues to their practice.

    Distance education subjects can be studied from any location. On-campus subjects will be delivered in-person during the ADF Investigators Course (ADFIC) conducted at the Defence Police Training Centre (DPTC) located at Holsworthy Barracks, Moorebank NSW 2173.

    By the end of this program students will be able to:

    • apply relevant aspects of civilian policing and investigative practices to a military environment
    • apply the knowledge, techniques and equipment required for employment as an ADFI
    • conduct further academic study in investigations or a related field.

  • Career opportunities
    A career within ADFIS commences within a joint investigation office conducting serious and complex investigations within the ADF. Subsequent opportunities include forensic training in crime scene examination, training within an ADFI specialisation and overseas deployment on an ADF operation.
  • Credit and pathways

    Upon admission students are awarded a standard entry credit level package of 32 points in recognition of prior skills and training.

    This will be represented on academic transcripts as: XYZ04C 4 Unspecified Electives - 32 credit points

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure
    The course consists of the following:

    Students receive a 32 point credit package on enrolment.

    Pre-residential subject

    JST310 Information and Investigation

    Studied by distance education in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Australian and International civilian police.

    Residential School

    In conjunction with the stringent requirements of the residential defence force senior investigator training course, two current Bachelor of Policing subjects will be delivered face-to-face to the participants.

    JST311 Evidence and Investigations
    JST345 Police and Victims

    Post residential school subject

    JST324  Team Management and Leadership

    Studied by distance education in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Australian and International civilian police.
    Enrolment pattern
    Trimester 1

    JST310 Information and Investigation

    Studied by distance education in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Australian and International civilian police.

    Residential School

    Two current Bachelor of Policing subjects will be delivered face-to-face in the classroom situation in a residential school setting only available to the participants of the diploma.

    JST311 Evidence and Investigations

    JST345 Police and Victims

    Trimester 3

    JST324 Team Management and Leadership

    Studied by distance education in conjunction with the regular distance education offerings of that subject to Australian and International civilian police.

  • Admission information
    Applicants for the Diploma of Investigations must meet the following Admission Requirements:

    • Currently working in a law enforcement related environment;


    • A minimum of three years experience in investigation in the law enforcement environment demonstrated by a detailed resume.


    • Successful completion of PSP51712 - Diploma of Government (Investigation) or equivalent.

    English Language Proficiency
    Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency Requirements apply.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
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    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply

    Admission to the program is restricted to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS)

    Established in 1993, CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. CSU’s courses offered through AGSPS span a broad range of global issues that include international terrorism, intelligence analysis, transnational crime, fraud and financial crime, corruption, cyber-crime, and natural disaster management. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise. The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India (National Police Academy), New Zealand, Indonesia (UNODC), Singapore, Canada and the United Kingdom.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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