Certificate IV in Defence Policing

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 14 units

All 10 core units plus 4 elective units

The 4 elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below, or may include 2 units taken from within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package at the same qualification level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic DEFPO001B

Apply the values and principles of Defence police

add topic PUAPOL001B

Maintain operational safety

add topic PUAPOL002B

Employ policing methods

add topic PUAPOL004B

Gather, collate and record information

add topic PUAPOL005B

Use and maintain operational equipment

add topic PUAPOL007B

Manage persons in care or custody or in need of assistance

add topic PUAPOL010B

Perform administrative duties

add topic PUAOPE002B

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic BSBCMN411A

Monitor a safe workplace


Elective Units

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic PUACOM005B

Foster a positive organisational image in the community

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations

add topic DEFEQ002B

Supervise equity and diversity in the workplace

add topic DEFPO002B

Conduct battlefield circulation and control operations

add topic DEFPO003B

Participate in population protection and control

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic PUAEME001B

Provide emergency care

add topic PUAFIR201B

Prevent injury

add topic PUALAW003B

Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting

add topic PUAOPE001B

Supervise response

add topic PUAOPE003B

Navigate in urban and rural environments

add topic PUAOPE004B

Conduct briefings/debriefings

add topic PUAPOL003B

Conduct initial police investigation

add topic PUAPOL006B

Facilitate effective communication in the workplace

add topic PUAPOL009B

Assist in the judicial process

add topic PUAPOL012B

Address client needs

add topic PUASAR001B

Participate in a rescue operation

add topic PUATEA005A

Manage own professional performance

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF40712 Certificate IV in Defence Policing

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF40712 Certificate IV in Defence Policing have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.


access and apply Defence and individual service policies on the prevention and reporting of unethical conduct

adjust communication to suit different audiences

apply ethics, standards, policy and guidelines

apply knowledge of cultural differences

apply verbal and non-verbal communication techniques

follow instructions and directives

provide information on Defence ethical standards and values to suppliers/providers, where appropriate

provide verbal and written advice and reports containing information which is impartial, substantiated, accurate and complete

read and understand the organisation's plans, policies and procedures

read complex and formal documents such as legislation and codes of ethics and apply them to work practices

record content of forms/reports so that it is complete, accurate, concise, legible, understandable and in the correct format

record decision-making processes used to resolve ethical problems


establish and maintain relationships with public and private organisations

participate in a team

share information gathered and analysed while on patrol with other officers

support team members

understand the composition of teams, and roles and responsibilities of team members

Problem solving

analyse situations and implement strategies to resolve issues

anticipate potential causes of conflict and harmful behaviour, and select and implement responses to prevent escalation

apply knowledge of conflict resolution

assess and respond to general workplace safety risks

assess equipment, materials and environment for hazards and plan protective action

deal with ethical problems

identify, assess and monitor potential risks to own safety, the safety of fellow officers and members of the public

identify problems and barriers to resolution, critically evaluate and develop and plan a range of response options

resolve ethical problems

resolve or refer situations which pose ethical problems

Initiative and enterprise

devise alternate responses

plan, implement and where necessary adapt, workplace safety responses to situational contexts

Planning and organising

assess level of 'first response' control/command for each situation/incident and responses planned

command, control, coordinate initial emergency responses at an incident scene

identify and/or plan and implement operational safety responses/procedures

plan and manage investigations


apply a sound understanding of Defence and individual service ethics, values and principles

display sound judgement in circumstances where professional and ethical ambiguities arise, or when there are conflicts of interest

exhibit ethical standards


learn about jurisdictional laws, by-law and regulations relating to offences against persons and property

learn about jurisdictional laws, policy and procedures covering discrimination and disability

learn about organisational policy and procedures covering reactive operational safety issues/practices


enter information on database systems so that it is accurate, understandable, complete, verifiable and adhere to the required organisational data entry security procedures

identify and correctly access appropriate sources of information

operate interviewing recording equipment

produce records which are clear, audible and presentable as evidence to the courts

use an internet web browser to access references, legislation and codes of ethics

use information technology for preparing written advice and reports requiring precision of expression

use interview and evidence recording equipment

use police information systems

utilise police and other appropriate information/database systems