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Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

About The School

Welcome to the Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security

Established in 1993 with the founding vision for the creation of a discipline of policing and law enforcement, the promotion of  research and the delivery post graduate programs and professional education.

The Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security has a global reputation as a leading provider of research and education for professionals in law enforcement, regulation, emergency management and security.

The School places practical scholarship and pedagogy ahead of abstract theory and consequently our students learn to bring critical perspectives to their work and meet the complex challenges faced by professionals in a fast changing world.  Our graduates have the creative intellectual capacity and skills which are sought out to fill senior positions in policing, compliance, security, and emergency management by law enforcement, regulators and blue chip companies. Our courses and programs combine theory and knowledge with strategic law enforcement, intelligence, emergency management, public safety, fraud prevention, counter terrorism and security studies.

New website launched

The School has launched a new Terrorism Studies website. Applications are now open for the 2017 face-to-face program in Canberra.

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Our Faculty staff are in their leaders in their fields of teaching and research and combine significant professional experience with academic expertise.

We recognise that busy professionals require access to high quality courses which are intellectually challenging and fit with their career and lifestyle commitments. Our online courses are quality assured and provide global perspectives and intellectual rigour in areas of contemporary practice.  

The School continues to grow through close collaboration with law enforcement, regulators, universities, research bodies, private industry and emergency services providers in Australia and overseas, with our courses attracting students from around the globe. AGSPS also provides education and training programs in Abu Dhabi, China, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore and Canada. 

In 2013 the School absorbed the under graduate courses previously offered by the School of Policing and joined with the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies in Canberra to become  the world's largest provider of university education in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, emergency management, customs and border security studies.

If you are serious about building and enhancing your professional qualifications to meet the challenges of the future, we welcome you to apply to enrol at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security.


Bachelor of Public Safety and Security

This internationalised degree is designed to prepare and develop the professional practice of those entering or working in this rapidly emerging field. Public safety and security agencies include the emergency services as well as the many other government and private sector bodies which help protect our communities and prepare for, respond to and rehabilitate after disasters and attacks. This course will also benefit those involved, or wanting to be involved, in national security whether that be protecting our borders, or responding to the threat of terrorism. Practitioners looking for promotion or wishing to diversify their career are likely to be eligible for credit in recognition of their previous training and work experience and on-line delivery means that students have the flexibility required to balance their work, home and study obligations.


On completion of the Bachelor of Public Safety and Security students will have advanced knowledge in the field of public safety and security for professional work in public safety related business or in the public sectors and/or further learning.

Specifically they will have:

  • developed the academic skills and attributes necessary to undertake research, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources
  • developed the capacity to exercise their own initiative and judgment by analysing problems that are less clearly defined, more complex, and require application of concepts in a variety of public safety and security situations and an appreciation for different cultural contexts.
  • developed an understanding of organised public security challenges and security risks
  • acquired a broad level of knowledge of the principles and practices of public safety including policy, procedures; legislation, risk assessment and management and disaster recovery;
  • gained technical skills in traditional and topical aspects of international public safety and security demonstrated understanding of analysis and investigative practices;
  • acquired the problem solving skills required to develop solutions to a wide range of public safety and security issues in international contexts.
  • established a platform for self-directed and lifelong learning in the field of public safety and security;
  • developed the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt, particularly in the public safety and security context
  • acquired the interpersonal, teamwork and other skills appropriate to both employment and further study in public safety and security
  • exhibited levels of academic writing and information literacy appropriate to the University context.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding and critically enact codes of ethics and regulations relating to professional conduct
  • be able to recognise the need to consider different cultural contexts when assessing information and forming professional judgments
  • be able to demonstrate a broad or generic understanding of the nature of different worldviews and culture, including respect for indigenous cultures and histories.

For further information please contact: Greg Linsdell
LLM (Monash), MCrim (UniMelb), MEd (Vic), BA
Senior Lecturer | Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
Charles Sturt University
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Tel: +61 2 658 29371

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