Protective service officers (PSOs) are employees of the AFP and play a vital role in protecting all Australians.
PSOs perform a range of protective security functions at Commonwealth establishments around Australia, providing an armed uniform capability at these government sites and diplomatic missions.
After 13 weeks live-in training in Canberra, work as a PSO may involve:
- static point guarding
- visitor control
- alarm monitoring and response
- mobile patrols
- security consultancy services
- security training to government agencies
- support for international capacity building forces.
PSOs are located at Commonwealth establishments including:
- Parliament House in Canberra
- the residences of the Prime Minister and Governor-General
- foreign embassies
- missions in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
- Defence facilities around Australia.