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Research Reports


Over the last 30+ years SAFESELECT has been actively engaged in research studies.  The focus has been on determining whether using our Psychometric Testing System makes any difference in the quality of person who is employed. These studies repeatedly prove that using our tools leads to a massive Return on Investment.

Research studies conducted by independent academics, with no association to SAFESELECT, as well as studies conducted in conjunction with our clients, consistently show similar findings.  

These studies indicate that a group of people hired using our system consistently become dramatically better performers.

Seven of our studies have been published in international, refereed journals, with more on the way.

Any of the papers listed below can be obtained by writing to us on your organisation’s stationery.

Published Studies


  • Psychological profiling of Australian police officers: An examination of post-selection performance International Journal of Police Science & Management (Volume 7, Number 1)
  • Psychological profiling of Australian police officers: a longitudinal examination of post-selection performance.  International Journal of Police Science & Management (Volume 8, Number 2)
  • Research note: psychological profiling of Australian police officers: a three year examination of post selection performance.  International Journal of Police Science & Management (Volume 12, Number 3)
  • Slashing Sick Leave/Attrition Rates Through New Recruit Screening.  Corrections Today Magazine (August 2002)
  • The Impact of Psychological Profiling of Australian Correctional Officers.  Corrections Compendium (Vol. 32, No. 4 July/August 2007) 


Research Reports


  • Can Psychological Profiling Identify High Risk and Low Risk employees?  
    AIFP Research Report No. 8 (September 2003)

  • AIFP Testing Predicts Academy Performance of Victoria Police Recruits, Phase 1 AIFP Research Report No. 4 (March 1992)
  • AIFP Testing Plus TRAIT© Interview System Predicts Poor Performers During Victoria Police Academy Training, Phase 2  
    AIFP Research Report No. 5 (March 1993)
  • AIFP Testing Predicts On The Job Performance of Victoria Police Recruits, Phase 3  AIFP Research Report No. 6 (December 1994)

  • Can Psychological Profiling Improve Firefighter Selection Procedures?  
    AIFP Research Report No. 7a (July 2008)

  • Queensland Police Service Preliminary Research Project.  
    AIFP Research Report No. 9 (October 1998)

  • Evaluating The Effectiveness of AIFP Psychological Profiling: A Nine Year Follow-Up Study, West Australian Department of Justice.  AIFP Research Report No. 10 (June 2004)

White Papers


  • Important Issues For Organisations considering using Psychological Profiling  (White Paper 081)

  • The Use of “Off the Shelf” Psychological Tests in Police Selection, Part 1
    (White Paper 083)

  • Police Ability Test Investigation and Validation  
    (White Paper 084)

Published Articles


  • Racial Bias and Police Selection  
    National Police Ethnic Advisory Bureau News  (Issue No. 5, April 1998)

  • Changing Police Culture:  Evaluating Gender Bias in Applicants  
    The Journal for Women and Policing (Issue No. 22, 2008)

  • Beyond The Façade
    The Investigator (Issue 4, 2000)

News & Blog

Coroner's Court NSW: Inquest into the Fire at Quaker's Hill Nursing Home

11 September 2015

Mr. Roger Dean was hired to work as a nurse on the night shift at this nursing home.  He began employment on September 13, 2011.  He was hired on the basis of one interview and confirmation that he held a nursing certificate. His resume showed that he had worked at a cake shop since 2007.  It was later revealed that the shop was owned by his domestic partner.  (Why a registered nurse would spend four years working in a cake shop was never queried.)  His last experience working in aged care was listed as being in 2001-2002.  In fact, he had been employed in numerous aged care roles before applying to Quakers Hill, and as was later discovered, had difficulty at each of them.

Client Testimonials

  • Jenny Kitchin - Director of Community Services, Anglicare ACT

  • Athena Ermides - General Manager, Berlasco Court Caring Centre

  • Sandy Van Houwelingen - Supervising Fisheries and Marine Officer, Training and Development, Department of Fisheries, West Australia

  • Grant Lupton - CEO and Chief Fire Officer, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

  • Ian Lanyon - Director, Secure Services, Department of Human Services