"Every single day your job is about problem solving. The AFP provides the tools and rules, but how you solve the problem is up to you. You are allowed to take risks once you have assessed the situation and thought through your decisions and their consequences. There are lots of opportunities to travel and work and be part of something that is bigger than just the organisation you're working for."
Kylie Flower, Federal Agent
The AFP has moved to an annual intake model whereby applicants will be invited to apply once a year to be considered for a role as a Police Recruit. This model will provide applicants with specified intake dates, and a more efficient and timely recruitment process. The timing of each annual intake will be based on operational requirements and notification of intakes will be advised through national press advertising campaigns and through the AFP website.
People interested in becoming AFP Police Recruits are encouraged to regularly visit this site and explore the various functions and operations of the AFP. A career with the AFP can take you into the community, across the country or around the globe.
From terrorism to corporate crime and people smuggling to drug trafficking, AFP Federal Agents prevent and detect crimes against Commonwealth law, work that often extends beyond state and national borders. Being a Federal Agent involves a mix of research and liaison to gather and share information with other law enforcement agencies, patient investigative work to prepare evidence, and bursts of intense activity culminating in arrests and court processes. The AFP is looking for people with a variety of skills and experience to work in this high tech and intelligence-led environment. After five months live-in training in Canberra Federal Agents may be involved in work such as:
- counter terrorism
- airport security
- organised crime
- people smuggling
- sexual servitude
- international drug trafficking
- Close Personal Protection
- Witness Protection
- major corporate crime
- major fraud and identity theft
- environmental crime
- family law
- missing persons.
Career options include working in regional offices in every Australian state and territory, in the national office in Canberra or in overseas liaison roles in more than 25 countries. As a Federal Agent, you can also take part in international capacity building, monitoring and peacekeeping missions.
Learn more about the AFP's national and international activities