POLICE protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
In New Zealand:NZ Register Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2)
At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

      • investigating and prosecuting offences committed in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime, environmental offences, drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting and terrorism
      • securing and examining scenes of crimes and accidents to locate and obtain evidence for analysis
      • protecting witnesses and investigating official corruption
      • maintaining public order and safety
      • patrolling assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime
      • investigating accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens’ complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders
      • testing persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issuing infringement notices for traffic offences
      • directing and re-routing traffic at congested areas
      • attending community meetings and answering inquiries from the public where necessary
      • providing advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families
      • maintaining records and preparing reports


441311 Detective
441312 Police Officer


Alternative Title:Plain Clothes Police Officer
Investigates serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gathers evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.

Skill Level: 2


Detective Sergeant


Maintains public order, and enforces laws by investigating crimes, patrolling public areas and arresting suspected offenders.

Skill Level: 2


Bomb Squad Officer
Mounted Police Officer
Search and Rescue Officer
Tactical Response Group Officer