Rod Courtney started in the industry working for the Australian Federal Government in 1987. After joining the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1990 he was deployed to various teams working on complex fraud, family law and money laundering cases.

Investigations were also conducted on behalf of the United Nations, Infinite Security Solutions (Singapore and Malaysia), and Close Personal Security deployments with the AFP in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and working in various overseas locations.

He was an AFP coordinator for the planning APEC 2007 Australia wide, and resigned from the organisation after 20 years’ service to start Adept Investigations & Security.

Summary of curriculum vitae

2013 – present

Conducting factual, surveillance and research investigations on behalf of individuals, insurance and private companies , and solicitor firms.


Contracted to a company providing high level security and close personal protection services to a billionaire family (noted on Australia’s top 20 richest persons list) residing in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Duties included close personal protection services as required, patrols of personal properties owned by the family, ongoing assessment of security procedures and infrastructure with a view to improving already extensive monitoring and physical security of the family’s assets. Liaison with high profile (celebrity) guests and extended family whom themselves are targets of paparazzi.

2010 – 2013

Completion of Certificate III in investigative services, Certificates II and III in Security Operations.

1990 – 2010 – Australian Federal Police

Investigator – Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Canberra, Adelaide;

Offences investigated / positions held:

  • Family law, major fraud (Centrelink, Medicare, ATO, DIMIA, Telstra, DFAT, Customs), drug unit, sexual servitude, fisheries management, telecommunications, GST offences and kidnapping.
  • Training Instructor, Sydney Office
  • Senior Investigator, Tutuala sub-district, United Nations – East Timor (UNTAET – AFP 6th detachment)
  • Co-ordinator, Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC Australia 2007)
  • 2008-2009 – Security consultant
  • Security Consultant (five month contract) – Infinite Security Solutions, Labuan, Malaysia
  • 1996-1997 & 2003-2008 – Close Personal Protection Teams
  • Federal Agent – Close Personal Protection (Sydney, Canberra,Adelaide, Papua New Guinea)
  • Driver Training Instructor – new recruits and CPP driver re-certifications

VIP protection assignments (partial list):

  • The Honorable John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia – 11 Mar 1996 – 3 Dec 2007.
  • Mr Tim Howard, (son of John Howard).
  • The Honorable Philip Ruddock, Attorney General of Australia – 22 Oct 2004 to Dec 2007.
  • The Honorable Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs – 22 Oct 2004 to Dec 2007.
  • The Honorable Senator Robert Hill, Minister for Defence – 22 Oct 2004 – 27 Jan 2006.
  • Mr Peter Beckingham, former UK Consul General (Sydney).
  • Mr Tim Holmes, former UK Consul General (Sydney).
  • Mr Chris Glynn, former UK Vice Consul General (Sydney).
  • Mr Al Gore, former Vice President (USA) – (Chair) Alliance for climate protection.
  • Admiral Robert F. Willard – Commander, U.S. Pacific Command – present
  • Mr Mordechai Cohen, former Consul General, Israel (Sydney)
  • SusiloBambangYudhoyono, President of Indonesia – Oct 2004 – Oct 2014