Management of Serious Crime Program

Australia's leading forum for investigators of serious crime

Management of Serious Crime Program logoThe Management of Serious Crime (MOSC) program is Australia's highest level training course for:

  • the sharing of skills, strategies and techniques needed for dealing with serious crime
  • the sharing of information about new and ongoing challenges and issues raised by serious crime
  • the creation of collaborative national and international networks to overcome serious crime

Each MOSC course is based on a current policing issue. Presenters and keynote speakers are drawn from Australia and overseas. They represent a wide range of expertise, and provide a unique opportunity for MOSC participants to engage in face-to-face interaction with experts in the field.

The program deals with management practices as they apply to the investigation of serious crime. The emphasis is on practical ideas for an operational environment.

The program examines and challenges conventional attitudes to the day-to-day applications of lateral and critical thinking, negotiation, communication, and team building theory.

Sessions analysing critical operational reviews, accountability, and the specific leadership issues faced by investigation managers are presented during the program.

MOSC gives law enforcement practitioners the opportunity to establish lasting relationships with people from many international and local agencies.

Vision and philosophy


To promote a continued commitment to investigational excellence by creating a national and international law enforcement practitioners' network.


MOSC is dedicated to providing an appropriate forum for senior investigational practitioners to share their skills and experiences in the management and leadership of serious and complex criminal matters.

Who participates?

The multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency MOSC program attracts a wide range of people involved in the fight against serious crime.

Participants include:

  • senior law enforcement practitioners who lead and manage serious crime investigations with AFP and State and Territory agencies
  • members of international police services
  • members of Commonwealth investigative agencies
  • members of other government agencies with an interest in serious crime
  • parties with an interest in the theme of a particular course

More than 1300 law enforcement officers have completed a MOSC program. These graduates continue to share their skills and experiences in the management and leadership of serious crime investigations.

What is serious crime?

A serious crime is characterised by one or more of the following factors:

  • serious offences against persons, property or government
  • organised criminal activity
  • significant political or public interest
  • crimes which are multi-jurisdictional and/or transnational in nature
  • investigations which involve a large number of documents or exhibits
  • investigations which require the commitment of substantial funding or resources

MOSC - then and now

The MOSC program was established in 1991 under the administration of the AFP, with the support of the then Australian Crime Commissioners Forum (ACCF). As the first investigational forum for senior law enforcement officers, the objective of the MOSC program was to share information and create networks to better combat serious crime.

In the years since its inception, the MOSC program has built a reputation for providing challenging and rewarding training in a friendly, safe and supportive learning environment.

A comprehensive review of the MOSC program in 1998 led to the development of a curriculum based on the Australasian Policing Competency Standards. An assessment framework was also implemented, with all aspects of the program informing the assessment process. The final assessment provides each participant and their senior executive with a picture of strengths and performance across a diverse range of criteria.

In 2001, the forum established the MOSC Advisory Board (MAB). The MAB consists of a nominated police member from each Australian jurisdiction who advises on matters including:

  • the selection of presenters
  • the development of content
  • themes
  • case studies
  • reviews

MOSC continues to review and improve its curriculum and in consultation with the MAB, the MOSC Team seeks to ensure the quality of program content and the contemporaneous nature and relevance of the delivery topics. MOSC strives to meet the emerging challenges of criminal enterprises into the future and will continue to engage cutting edge presenters and practitioners to provide participants with the most up to date tools necessary to combat those challenges.

IMOSC - the international program

The International Management of Serious Crime (IMOSC)

The first IMOSC program - IMOSC 1 - was held in Vanuatu in 1999. It grew out of a need to take a cooperative, international approach to serious crime. Its underlying objectives were to introduce international law enforcement practitioners to the transnational nature of many crimes, and to foster cooperation between international agencies in multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Currently one IMOSC is held each year at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) in Semarang, Indonesia.

MOSC Alumni

MOSC has  established a graduate Alumni  that encourages ongoing collaboration between the more than 1300 MOSC graduates. The Alumni provides a forum for graduates to interact, exchange ideas, post questions, provide solutions, suggest new concepts and meet socially. The collective knowledge and experience of MOSC graduates is enormous and the Alumni looks toward exploiting that immense resource against criminal networks worldwide. The Alumni encapsulates the MOSC Vision: To promote a continued commitment to investigational excellence by creating a national and international law enforcement practitioners' network.

CA MOSC - Commonwealth Agencies MOSC

The inaugural CA MOSC was held in 2017, and included participants from the ADF, DHS, DSS, PM&C, ABF, ACIC, AUSTRAC, CER, ACCC, DFAT and the AFP. The motivation for the CA MOSC program was derived by the Fraud and Anti-Corruption (FAC) Centre which is an AFP-led, multi-agency initiative hosted by the Organised Crime and Cyber's FAC business area. The FAC Centre is focussed on providing a coordinated approach to prioritising the Commonwealth operational response for matters requiring a joint agency approach. In response to the AFP's commitment to training in investigations, a Commonwealth Agencies specific MOSC program was designed and delivered by the AFP's MOSC Team.

The MOSC team

The MOSC Team operates under the umbrella of the Investigations, Leadership and Specialist Training (ILST) Faculty at the AFP College. MOSC is run by Coordinator ILST supported by a program manager and facilitation staff. A Senior Officer MOSC (SOMOSC) and three visiting fellows (previous MOSC graduates) join the team for each program.

The role of Coordinator ILST in MOSC is to:

  • manage the MOSC Team
  • provide support, advice and feedback to the SOMOSC on all aspects of the program
  • maintain strategic relationships with the MOSC Program's law enforcement partners to contribute to the overall outcomes of each program
  • provide strategic input and oversight to the delivery of MOSC programs

The Program Manager (a role which is rotated within the MOSC Team across the senior program facilitators) maintains overall responsibility for all components of the program, including:

  • development of the program
  • liaison with guest presenters
  • management of contracted presenters
  • delivery of the program

The AFP concept of working in a team is strongly embraced by the MOSC Team, where open communication, sharing of tasks and open and honest feedback are essential.

MOSC assessment

MOSC training is centered on individual development, both personal and professional. Participants are assessed against a range of criteria on a number of tasks in a variety of situations. The criteria against which participants are assessed include:

  • strategic and lateral thinking, including conceptual and analytical skills
  • initiative and judgment
  • industry knowledge and application
  • written communication skills
  • oral communication skills
  • participation and teamwork
  • management and leadership
  • the ability to apply the concepts and philosophies introduced during the program

Participants are assessed on the following phases of the program:

  • individual presentation
  • problem solving
  • major scenario
  • outdoor exercise
  • overall performance.

How to apply

AFP participants

The selection of AFP participants for MOSC and IMOSC programs is facilitated by the Executive Development Committee. To participate you need to be a senior police or law enforcement manager who has had investigative experience and who is likely to lead, manage, or co-ordinate a serious crime investigation.

Other Law Enforcement Officers

Approximately three months before the commencement of each program MOSC  will send a letter of invitation to your MOSC Advisory Board Representative or Head of Agency. Please contact the office of your Assistant Commissioner Crime for specific details.

International participants

International participants are funded by the AFP.  Selection of  the countries invited to attend each program are made by the AFP in consultation with the Manager International Network. Once selections are made, the AFP Liaison Network extends an invitation to the relevant agency requesting the nomination of an officer who meets the MOSC selection criteria.

Please note that international participants are required to prove English proficiency to the IELTS 6 standard. Further information regarding specific selection criteria can be requested via the email address below.

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