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44 Protective Service Workers

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Protective Service Workers protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the provision of defence, firefighting, police, custodial and security services.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this sub-major group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2); or
  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Diploma, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 2); or
  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
  • NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In the case of some Skill Level 5 occupations, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification, or no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • providing specialised military services to the defence forces
  • controlling and extinguishing fires
  • maintaining public order and safety through the enforcement of laws
  • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • patrolling and guarding properties, and checking for unauthorised entry
  • conducting investigations for clients
  • advising clients on security requirements, and recommending and designing security specifications