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Private investigators in Australia must be licensed by the licensing authority relevant to the state where they are located. This applies to all states except the Australian Capital Territory. Companies offering investigation services must also hold a business license and all their operatives must hold individual licenses. Generally, the licenses are administered and regulated by the state police; however, in some states, this can also be managed by other government agencies.
Anyone can hire a private investigator. Frequent clients include:
- Lawyers – Litigation support, skip tracing, process serving, intelligence gathering / divorce support services as well as locating hidden assets
- Accountants – Asset searches, forensic accounting, shutdown support (security and investigations relating to liquidation)
- Government Agencies – Department of Human Services - Child Welfare, Work cover and Centrelink fraud investigations
- Corporations – Counterintelligence services, market research, undercover agents’ placed inside businesses to investigate fraud and theft
- Private Individuals – From divorce support to child custody, matrimonial and neighbourhood disputes, counter surveillance and risk assessment
No, we do not have any arrest powers other than that of a fellow member of the public i.e. a Citizen’s arrest.
A private investigator can legally take photos and videos of you and your house unless they are trespassing on your land in order to do so or recording you undertaking private activities. Private investigators cannot bug your phone or use a listening device to record private conversations they are not a part of.
Often, people think if they perform an IP address lookup, that they are going to find the physical mailing address of the user assigned the IP in question. This is simply not true. At this time, we are not aware of any IP address database that will give you the exact physical postal address of the IP address you look up. At best, you'll get the exact city in which the user of the IP is located. For an exact physical address you would need to contact the ISP (Internet Service Provider) of the IP address in question.
However, without a police warrant, or some sort of legal document forcing the ISP to turn over the information they are unlikely to give it to you - Don't expect ISPs to give you the mailing address of the user that received the assignment of the IP at the time you received the offensive email. Moreover, even other means of offensive / questionable communication from said IP.
More often than not, private investigators do not have the legal authority to access information such as bank or investment accounts. ... However, a seasoned private investigator may be able to identify accounts linked to an individual through interviews, public records searches, or other legitimate investigative techniques.
Costs associated with hiring a Private Investigator vary depending on the type of service the client requires. Base rates for standard surveillance starts at $85.00 per hour plus reasonable travel and kilometer fees. Costs are negotiable when a job may require a week or more of surveillance or travel interstate or overseas.
Private Investigators regularly conduct background checks on individuals for a variety of reasons. Corporate clients utilise our background check services for pre-employment screening and fact checking resumes. Background checks are also useful for litigation and company directorship, land title ownership, character checks and finance and bankruptcy searches. Corporations often use our services to audit their workforce and senior management if tendering for multimillion-dollar contracts. We have also been engaged to check the criminal, civil, bankruptcy and social media records of board members prior to a company being listed on the ASX. If background checks are not undertaken in situations such as these, serious legal issues can arise from both shareholder and public. For example, if a board member is found to have a colourful or criminal past, this would have far reaching consequences.
Private sector clients also utilize our background check services for a range of matters including pre-leasing background / reference checks, dating profile fact checking (i.e. is the person I met online real or is this a scam? is a common inquiry).
We have been engaged many times over the years to assist in locating missing persons or to reconnect children to their biological parents. If a person has gone missing in the last 24-48 hours we strongly suggest you contact your local police department and submit a missing persons report.
Group One Investigations have assisted hundreds of clients seek out the truth when it comes to gathering evidence in cheating partner investigations.
We have assisted not only clients in Australia but also internationally track down parents who have attempted to hide from legal obligations. We have extensive experience in uncovering the true weekly income of parents who under report their financial position in an effort to avoid paying child support.
Child custody investigations are often required to prove or dis-prove that a parent is abiding by court orders. For example, if a court order is in place regarding children having overnight stays with one parent, but you are concerned that this parent is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a private investigator can help uncover evidence to present in court. We can also help investigate claims in the opposite direction, such as if you are being accused of something you did not do, such as taking drugs or drinking when your children are in your case, to maliciously affect court orders.
Clients engage us prior to or during divorce cases in an effort to uncover hidden assets, a second family, trace funds being sent overseas to unknown individuals, diversion of funds, secret bank accounts.
Hiring a private detective was a first for me, not only was I impressed with the service, the investigators showed real dedication to the job, after I initially made inquiries for costs and services with various other firms contacting Group One Investigations was the best thing I did, the price and service was a standout, being in direct contact with the private detective that handled my case from start to finish also made me feel at ease.
To all at Group One Investigations, thank you so much for all of your work in helping me reunite with my family, I tried many different companies but you are the only ones that went the extra mile and as a result I'm in touch with my family again
Thanks for a great job. These guys really care... spent the time to listen to me. Gave good advice and saved me money too. Happy to recommend them and appreciate the good service. Was not an easy job but they were experiences and nothing was a problem.
Best Melbourne Private Investigators I've come across
Thank you to everyone at Group One Investigations, your assistance during my difficult personal times was much appreciated, the results helped with closure.
I'm very please with the efforts the Group One Investigators put in on my job, it was a job requiring a private investigator Melbourne and Sydney they were able to assist in both states, very impressed
I pleased to recommend the services of Group One Investigations, not only were their prices very reasonable the service and results were fantastic.
Great result and price
I was initially nervous and quite unsure about this surveillance thing, but Adrian helped me throughout. He made a clear plan about the case. Excellent service. Cost effective. I would strongly recommend Adrian if anyone’s is looking for private investigators.
Thanks for a great job. These guys really care... spent the time to listen to me. gave good advice and saved me money too. Happy to recommend them and appreciate the good service. Was not an easy job but they were experiences and nothing was a problem.
Customer service very good. They listen and are very helpful. Nothing was a problem. Group One were well priced too. Very impressed with how they treat their customers. Highly recommend this company.
Group One Investigations was very personable, helpful and understanding. I was nervous about using this type of service, and they put my mind at ease. I found out what I needed to know within 2 short days. Thank you again for your professional and sincere support.
Money very well spent. All my questions were answered. The team provided updates while on the job with video clips to keep me informed. Very experienced private investigators. Highly recommended.
It is with great pleasure I write this review. Group One Investigations Melbourne were not only able to resolve my matter quickly but their fees were very reasonable compared to the other companies I called prior to engaging Group One. Thanks again."
Thanks to the team at Group One Investigations Melbourne for their exceptional work. They are very experienced PI's. The entire service from the first phone call to the final report was fantastic. Highly recommended.
Highly experienced investigators that were extremely professional, extremely well priced and resolved my request very promptly. Fantastic service and I highly recommend!!! Thanks Again!!!
Used Group One Investigations Melbourne to locate someone that owed me money. They found him within two days and they were fair charging for this. I recommend them......
Thanks for the great result guys. I highly recommend Group One Investigations Melbourne. Cost and results were fantastic.
Best in Melbourne by far. Thanks for the great work
Thank guys, really appreciate your attention to detail on this and fast turn around time. Money well spent, I highly recommend Group One Investigations Melbourne."
Very professional outfit. Gave me peace of mind at a reasonable price. Thanks again!
I was lucky to find Adrian the day I searched for PI's. He was very friendly, polite and attentive to my request which was resolved the same day.
Have used Group One Investigations twice now for employee checks and surveillance. Great service and price.
Highly experienced investigators that get the job done. Thank you.
Was able to do the job on time, without fuss, without extra cost. We have used other firms but found Group one the most reliable.
Thanks Gents, an excellent result! Group One Investigations provide an exceptionally discrete, fast, professional and cost effective solution, can't recommend them enough.
Hardcore Hardware Australia
Fast, reliable, competitively priced, regular updates on the progress of our job. The service was great and the results were fantastic. Thanks again Group One!