Private Investigator (TAS)
Education and Training:
To become a private investigator you usually have to complete a VET qualification in investigative services. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
In order to begin work, you need to apply for an Inquiry Agent Licence from Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a licence. Visit their website for more information.
People engaged in security work must be appropriately registered and obtain a National Police Certificate. A drivers licence is usually required.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
Most private investigators are self-employed or work in a small team with other agents.
Many private investigators enter the occupation after working in the police or defence forces.
Work is mainly generated by the investigation of suspected insurance fraud and location of missing persons.
For Further Information:
Australian Institute of Professional Investigators
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading, Department of Justice
Institute of Mercantile Agents
Information for other states and territories: