Protective service officers

Montage of PSOs on dutyProtective 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.