Public Speaking

Steven Van Aperen is known throughout Australia as an expert in the field of interviewing and detecting deception. Steve has received extensive training from the world’s leading International Investigative Authorities in how and why people deceive. Refereed to by the media as the “Human Polygraph” Steve demonstrates how to detect liars by observing verbal and non-verbal cues of behaviour.

In 1996 Steve was the first Victorian Police Officer to graduate from Western Oregon University USA as a certified polygraph examiner. After graduating Steve trained with and examined polygraph testing formats and behavioural interview techniques utilised by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Polygraph Unit, US Secret Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Steve is a professional member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP) and the American Polygraph Association (APA). Steve is now the Managing Director of Australian Polygraph Services and a trainer with APS Training who consult their services to government and corporate organisations.

Throughout his career Steve has conducted hundreds of interviews ranging from interviewing homicide suspects to pre-employment screening. This distinctive level of knowledge provides Steve with the expertise to conduct entertaining and informative presentations.

Steve also consults his services to the Victoria Police homicide squad and has conducted polygraph testing for 25 high profile homicide cases including one serial killer investigation. Steve is a highly sought after and entertaining public speaker who has appeared on television and radio programs throughout Australia and overseas. Steve injects humour into his presentations whilst interacting with his audience.

Drawing on real life examples Steve demonstrates the methods in which people deceive. For example: when Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever used an illegal drug he answered: “I’ve never violated a law of my country.” Whilst this response appears to be a denial he did not answer the question. Later Clinton admitted that he smoked marijuana whilst at Oxford University in the United Kingdom but didn’t inhale. People often lie by omission rather than commission. What people don’t say is often more important than what they do say! Steve demonstrates how we use language, paralinguistic styles, past tenses and body language to deceive others and how to recognise when people are engaging in such behaviours.

Steve has conducted presentations and training for personnel from; Commonwealth Bank, Coles Myer, Victoria Police Homicide Squad, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs Service, The CEO Institute, Corporate Crime Liaison Group, Victoria Police Major Fraud Group, Department of Immigration, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ANZ, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, AMP, Recruitment & Consulting Services Association (RCSA), Woolworths Ltd. Department of Defence (Defence Security Authority), Portfolio Partners, Spectrum Personnel, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission amongst many others.

Radio & Television Appearances/Interviews:

3AW (Neil Mitchell), 2UE, ABC, 3LO, 5DN (Deryn Hinch), ABC radio, Today Tonight, A Current Affair (McDonalds competition scandal), Today Extra, Good Morning Australia (Bert Newton), The Footy Show (ARL), National Nine News (Perth serial killer investigation), Fox FM (Tracey & Matt), Southern FM, Sex Lies & Politicians, Hey, Hey its Saturday, Channel Ten News, The Crud Show (Triple M), 3AW (Ernie Sigley) Triple J. Mornings with Kerri-Anne, The Panel.

Feature Articles:

The Herald Sun, Security Australia, The West Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, Queensland Courier Mail, The Investigator, Australian Style, The Age, Security Oz Magazine, The Financial Review
To Book Steve for a keynote presentation, dinner, conference or launch

Call 0419 313121
International: 614 19313121