Private Investigator

Job Description

Tenacious, curious and with an eye for detail, Private Investigators conduct investigations for clients and are often involved in matters relating to character enquiries, relationship breakdowns, unfair dismissal cases, missing persons and insurance claims. They can also perform the duties of a Bailiff or Document Server.

Careers Ladder


Investigators usually work at least 40 hours a week and must be willing to work various shifts, including holidays, nights, and weekends.


To become a Private Investigator you’ll need to undertake a course or traineeship. Admission to most courses or traineeships will require you to have completed year 10 or its equivalent.

Consider completing a Certificate IV in Government Investigations or Diploma of Government Investigations through a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

Enter a traineeship with a private investigation firm, where you can learn the skills you’ll need on-the-job while gaining practical, real-world experience.

Depending on the state you intend to work in, gain a licence from the state regulatory body and submit a National Police Check, if required.


  • Communicator
  • Ethical
  • Honest
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Persistence
  • Problem Solving
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated

Key Skills

  • Professionalism
  • Courage
  • Interview Skills
  • Technical Skills & Knowledge
  • Knowledge of the law
  • Critical Thinking

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;