Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 13 units

All 12 core units plus 1 elective unit from the elective units listed below

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.


Core Units

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Foster a positive organisational image in the community

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Maintain police operational safety

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Apply policing methods

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Undertake initial police investigation

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Gather, collate and record police information

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Use and maintain police operational equipment

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Facilitate effective communication in the policing environment

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Manage persons in care or custody

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Manage involvement in the judicial process

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Perform police administrative duties

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Manage personal and ethical performance

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Address customer needs


Elective Units

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Drive police vehicles

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Perform inter-jurisdictional police duties

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Work in a team


Information about customising PUA00 Public Safety Training Package qualifications is on page 12.


    Pathways into the qualification

    In the public safety industry, qualification pathways depend on a range of factors specific to each industry such as organisational/agency structure, promotional structure and rank structure.

    Policing qualifications have been developed to set agreed minimum standards for police personnel that should be contextualised within the specifics of each Police jurisdiction/ agency/organisational policy and procedure.

    A recruit will join a Police agency, generally become a Police Officer and subsequently move into a specialist role (such as a supervisor, detective, dog handler, scientific officer etc.).

    Therefore, the recruit will be equipped vocationally with generic Police competencies, and often move into a supervising, managing, leading role or into a technical specialist role. This qualification engages the candidate who accesses policing for the first time or has limited experience and /or knowledge of policing environments. The qualification will generally be accessed by candidates from varied contexts such as school leavers, candidates who have completed other qualifications and candidates who have experience in other industries and/or completed qualifications in other disciplines.

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:

    achievement of other Public Safety Training Package qualifications at Certificate IV level

    completion of police jurisdictional specific training

    entry points that demonstrate potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as vocational experience in a range of environments at the level supporting this qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving the PUA50210 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role. Pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include to:

    commence the PUA61810 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Supervision)

    undertake specific technical specialist qualifications.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for PUA50210 Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA50210 Diploma of Public Safety (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.

Public Safety 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.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


communicate effectively with a wide range of community members such as those with physical/sensory/intellectual impairment and with different cultural backgrounds

communicate in writing (prepare briefs of evidence, exhibit register)

prepare and compile statements


promote the organisation in the community

seek out and respond effectively to feedback related to personal performance

work in a team

Problem solving

make decisions and solve problems

negotiate/resolve/mediate conflict (negotiation can take place with supervisors, colleagues and members of the public)

recognise and accurately assess, situational risks/hazards

Initiative and enterprise

de-escalate incidents

maintain an acceptable demeanour (in relation to issues such as appearance, confidence, deportment, dress standard)

minimise workplace risks to self, colleagues and the public

Planning and organising

analyse and plan appropriate action

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

organise and manage time effectively


act autonomously

maintain consistently high levels of professional ethics and integrity in all work practices and dealings with the community

recognise, accurately assess and acknowledge personal strengths and weaknesses


learn about jurisdictional laws, policy and procedures

learn organisational Codes of Ethics

plan and implement personal improvement plans


maintain a professional safety first attitude to the use of police equipment

operate interviewing recording equipment

safely operate and use general issue and emergency operational equipment and safety clothing