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Protective Security Training College (PSTC)

Attorney-General’s Department Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Number: 88101

The Protective Security Training College (PSTC), part of the Attorney-General's Department, is the leading national provider of protective security training to Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies, contractors and organisations dedicated to safeguarding Australia's critical infrastructure.

The PSTC is your link to the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework and building capability through education and training.

The PSTC is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) registered by the National VET Regulator.

The PSTC is committed to high standards in providing education, training and assessment in line with the requirements of VET Quality Framework.

Nationally recognised qualifications

The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. The PSTC can award participants nationally recognised qualifications and statements of attainment from Certificate III to Diploma level as specified in the training college's scope of registration.

Qualifications can be undertaken by participating in training programs and completing assessment requirements. Workplace projects and assignments can be completed wholly or in part through assessment by recognition.

The majority of PSTC training programs are mapped to nationally recognised qualifications and units of competency contained in the PSP12 Public Sector Training Package Version 1.

The training programs cover the government security and regulatory competency fields.

Career pathways

Participants can specialise in the security field most relevant to their needs.

Security training programs contribute to a number of career pathways, including:

  • protective security
  • personnel security (vetting)
  • security risk management
  • protective security
  • government investigation
  • specialist security practitioners.

More information about the PSTC program pathways is available by emailing

Who is eligible?

Our programs are relevant to any staff required to manage and implement government security policy as outlined in the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (including protocols and supporting guidelines).

Participants must be employees of:

  • Australian government agencies
  • state or territory government agencies
  • local government agencies
  • contractors to government
  • organisations that make up Australia's national critical infrastructure.

Participants must have access to the specific work practices and procedures required to demonstrate competency in the units of the qualification being undertaken.

The PSTC may consider attendance by individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria above, provided there is a substantiated need. Consideration of eligibility will be on a case-by-case basis. As special conditions apply to non-Australian citizens, please check with the PSTC Administration Team for more information.

Please contact us for more information.