All states of Australia have legislation regulating services provided by Private Investigators. Everyone is entitled to these services. State and Federal governments, companies and individuals all employ their services. Insurers and law firms in particular, rely heavily on Agents as a lawful means to obtain information.
Private Investigators assist others in various situations, whether it be business or personal, by expertly gathering and presenting evidence. Agents often solve complicated and unique problems.
It is legal under Australian law to hire a Private Investigator, and the government has designed a system to protect the public from unscrupulous agents. Strict licensing requirements exist for private investigators and associated occupations such as commercial agents, process servers and security officers.
In order to obtain a licence nationally recognised training and criminal history checks are mandatory prior to an applicant’s eligibility criteria being studied. Operatives must abide by the laws and legalities governed by their licence.
In New South Wales, for example, the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004 (NSW) establishes the regulatory framework for commercial agents and private inquiry agents. Under the Act, the Commissioner of Police issues licences to business owners and their employees.
Hiring a Private Investigator can be a sound investment, especially if you are involved in legal matters. Evidence of a partner’s extramarital affair, for example, will not be viewed favourably by the courts.
For more information or a free consultation, contact Bryson at Invisible Investigations.