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Diploma Of Government Security PSP50316





Looking to serve your community through the public sector and assess security risks? Look no further than our Diploma of Government Security PSP50316.


This certification is perfect for individuals who want to start or further their careers in the field of government security. With this qualification, you’ll learn how to develop risk management plans and coordinate protective security to prevent hazards before they occur.

If you have experience in corrective services or detention centres, this qualification can be an excellent extension of your skill set. And with our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) options, you can use your existing experience to obtain this certification faster.


So why wait? Enrol in the Diploma of Government Security PSP50316 today and take the first step towards a fulfilling career in public sector security.


The Diploma of Government Security PSP50316 qualification can provide a number of career and further study outcomes.

After completing this course you could explore some of the following careers:

  • Protective Services Manager
  • Supervisor/Manager
  • Government Security Manager
  • Security and Risk/WHS Manager
  • Police Officer/Emergency Services

Gain knowledge and experience in areas such as:

  • Assessing security risks
  • Developing security risk management plans
  • Coordinating protective security

Already have experience in Government? Apply for RPL and gain your qualification sooner!


View the core and elective units that this qualification can be studied via online correspondence or via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Packaging Rules

11 units of competency are required for this qualification:

  • 6 core units
  • 5 elective units

Choose 1 elective from Group A Work health safety.

Choose a minimum of 2 electives from Group B General elective units.

Choose the remaining electives from the list below or from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect the occupational learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level. Seek further advice on selecting imported units of competency in the PSP Implementation Guide.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.

Core units

PSPETH003 Promote the values and ethos of public service

PSPLEG003 Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector

PSPSEC011 Assess security risks

PSPSEC012 Develop security risk management plans

PSPSEC013 Implement and monitor security risk management plans

PSPSEC014 Coordinate protective security

Elective units

Group A: Work health safety

BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

Group B: General elective units

PSPGEN044 Develop client services

PSPGEN046 Undertake research and analysis

PSPGEN047 Promote diversity

PSPGEN050 Manage conflict

PSPGEN054 Use complex workplace communication strategies

PSPGEN058 Coordinate risk management

**Online study units:**

Core Units

  • PSPETH003 Promote the values and ethos of public service
  • PSPLEG003 Promote compliance with legislation in the public sector
  • PSPSEC011 Assess security risks
  • PSPSEC012 Develop security risk management plans
  • PSPSEC013 Implement and monitor security risk management plans
  • PSPSEC014 Coordinate protective security

Elective Units

  • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
  • CPPSEC5008 Analyse threat environment and devise strategies to respond to active threats
  • PSPGEN047 Promote diversity
  • PSPGEN054 Use complex workplace communication strategies
  • PSPGEN058 Coordinate risk management

The Diploma of Government Security (PSP50316) is a pivotal qualification designed for individuals aspiring to forge a career in government security management. It provides the competencies necessary for independent, self-directed work within the public sector. This qualification is crucial in a landscape where integrated technical and theoretical concepts are applied across a broad spectrum of advanced skilled duties within a government security environment.

Australia’s job market is evolving, with all 19 broad industries and all 8 broad occupational groups projected to experience employment growth over the next five years. Significantly, nine out of ten new jobs will demand post-school education, reflecting the increasing complexity and specialisation required in the workforce​​. This trend underscores the value of obtaining qualifications like the PSP50316, which equips individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in advanced roles within the government security sector.

Moreover, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated, as it remains a critical concern for government and public sector organisations. The Australian cybersecurity market is expected to grow substantially, driven by a heightened need for robust cybersecurity solutions amidst escalating cyber threats. Government initiatives, such as establishing Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSC), highlight the concerted effort to enhance cybersecurity defences across government, business, and academia​.

In a digital age where cybersecurity incidents can have profound implications for national security and public welfare, professionals equipped with the Diploma of Government Security are at the forefront of safeguarding Australia’s digital frontiers. This qualification opens the door to a career in government security. It places individuals within the broader context of national efforts to combat cyber threats and ensure the integrity and resilience of Australia’s information infrastructure.

As there are no licensing, legislative, or certification requirements currently applied to this qualification at the time of publication, it offers a unique opportunity for individuals to enter and excel in the field of government security without the need for additional certifications.

For more detailed information on the Australian job market and the significance of cybersecurity within the government sector, prospective students are encouraged to explore resources such as the National Skills Commission’s employment projections​ and industry analysis on the cybersecurity market in Australia​.

Delivery Pathways

3CIR is an authorised third party of Asset College (RTO #31718). We provide the following methods of study in line with their policies:

OPTION 1 – Study Online

Our standard online delivery option allows you to complete one unit per month for up to 12 months. During this time, you will have regular contact with a dedicated trainer to assist you with your studies. We recommend dedicating 20-25 hours per week to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.

Our accelerated learning option may suit those with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications. This option allows you to complete two monthly units for up to six months. To succeed in this intensive program, we recommend dedicating 30-40 hours per week to your studies.

Upon successful enrolment, you will be granted access to our interactive and user-friendly eLearning platform. Each unit includes reading materials and a series of assessment activities that can be completed at your own pace and convenience. Start the enrolment process now to take the first step towards your educational goals with 3CIR.

OPTION 2 – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
If you already have skills and experience relevant to this qualification, you may be eligible for RPL and receive your qualification with little or zero additional study. Contact us or complete an RPL Assessment Form to determine the right option. Watch our video here.

OPTION 3 – Study Online at our Facilities
You can complete the same course online at our training partner’s facilities using their resources and equipment at no extra cost. 3CIR and/or our training partner will have staff available to provide additional support if required. Note: Subject to availability, bookings are essential.

OPTION 4 – Study in Class
Although we do not generally offer courses in class, we can schedule a 5 or 10-day face-to-face workshop for groups of 5 or more students. Note that there may be additional work required following the workshop. Please contact us for more information on this option.

Software and Technical Requirements

Welcome to 3CIR, your bridge to quality education. To ensure a seamless learning experience with us, we must understand and meet the technical requirements for our courses. The guidelines below provide the necessary information for setting up your device for optimal learning.

Essentials for Your Learning Journey

  1.     Hardware Specifications:

A contemporary computer system could be a PC, Mac, or tablet.
An inbuilt or external speaker and microphone for auditory activities.

  1.     Internet Connectivity:

An active internet connection is vital to access course materials, tutorials, and online resources. Please take a look at our detailed technical specs to know more about browser compatibility.

  1.     Software Specifications:

 Microsoft Office suite, including Word and PowerPoint. Alternatively, Mac or tablet users can utilize equivalent software.
For those relying on tablet applications, ‘Pages’ or similar apps can be used to create documents. However, please make sure you convert them to PDF format before submission.

Detailed Device Specifications

For Windows Users (PC / Laptop / Tablet):

Operating System: Windows 7 or newer.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office (Version 2010 or higher)
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Apple Mac Users:

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 or above.
Browser: The latest version of Chrome or Safari.
Essential Software: Microsoft Office tailored for Mac (Version 2010 or higher).
The most recent versions of Adobe Flash Player & Adobe PDF Reader.

For Android Device Users:

Operating System: Android’s newest version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.

For iPhone & iPad Users:

Operating System: Latest iOS version.
Browser: Updated version of Google Chrome.
Special Note: If you’re an iPad or iPhone user, you’ll need to use a PC, laptop, or Dropbox account to upload documents for submission.

Thank you for ensuring your system meets our technical requirements. This guarantees a smoother educational experience and ensures that you can make the most of the tools and resources 3CIR has to offer. Happy learning!

Further Studies

After completing this qualification, you can explore further study through the following courses:


Choose the way you pay

Whether you’re studying online or obtaining your qualification through RPL, we provide several convenient options:

  • Direct Transfer
  • Credit
  • BPay
  • PayID
  • Paypal

Learn about your payment options or contact us today.

Payment Plans

Break down the cost of your qualification through our easy payment plan options.

PAYRIGHTPays your qualification upfront and creates a manageable plan spread over your nominated timeframe with fortnightly or monthly payment options.

AFTERPAY: Pay your fee over 6 weeks. No interest and no fees when you pay on time. This payment method has a maximum limit amount of $2000. Please let us know if you want to pay with AfterPay, and we will send you a personal link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Government security is a rapidly growing field with many opportunities for those with the right training and skills. A Diploma of Government Security can provide you with the knowledge and expertise needed to pursue a career in this rewarding field. Government security includes various activities, from protecting government buildings and personnel, to investigating potential threats and safeguarding sensitive information. Those working in government security must be able to think quickly and take decisive action when necessary.

There are a few different types of jobs you can get with a Diploma of Government Security. Here are some examples:

1. Security Officer
2. Armed Guard
3. Bodyguard
4. Protection Specialist
5. loss prevention specialist
6. Private Investigator
7. Surveillance Officer
8. Executive Protection Specialist

There are two main approaches you can take when applying, which have their own unique benefits that may suit different people’s needs better than others; however, the pros and cons for each should be weighed carefully before making your final choice. These are Online Study and Recognition of Prior Learning

We want you to have all the tools possible to complete your qualification so don’t hesitate- give our staff a call or send an email. If you also have any questions about the RPL process or are worried about what evidence is required, we can help you in this regard as well.

Upgrading Students Nationally and Globally

Qualification Outcomes

Most often employed as:

39.3% - Community and Personal Service Workers

28.9% - Professionals

15% - Clerical and Administrative Workers

Graduates of the Diploma of Government Security are often in pivotal roles within the public and private sectors. Specifically, the course equips you for positions such as Senior Government Security Officer, Protective Services Manager, Government Security Manager, Public Sector Supervisor/Manager, and Public Sector Security and Risk/WHS Manager.

This wide range of potential employment outcomes underscores the versatility and depth of the diploma, preparing students for meaningful careers in sectors critical to national well-being and security​.

Top industries employing graduates:

52% - Health Care and Social Assistance

15.6% - Public Administration and Safety

10.1% - Education and Training

The diploma's relevance extends across various industries, notably Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety, and Education and Training.

The skills acquired are in high demand, with a future growth outlook suggesting approximately 15,000 job openings over the next five years for positions such as Policy and Planning Managers. This highlights the diploma's alignment with sectors expecting stable growth​.

Security Administrator 100%
Security Adviser 95%
Security Consultant 100%
Security Manager 100%
Security Supervisor 78%
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