Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment pathways

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is a progressive and multi-faceted law enforcement organisation taking a strong lead in the fight against 21st century crime. By employing the core principles of prevention, deterrence, partnership and innovation, the AFP strives to build a more secure future for Australia and its global partners.

Every role in the AFP is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The AFP is committed to providing employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and, in addition to our general recruitment programs, we offer a range of targeted entry-level options.

Get paid to study

The Cadetship Program

Are you a university student working towards your undergraduate degree? Then cadetships are available within the AFP in a diverse range of portfolios. Cadetships provide financial assistance as well as valuable work experience outside of study time, with the opportunity to progress further within the AFP once you complete your degree. In addition to earning an income while you study, further financial assistance may also be available.

For more information view the Cadetship fact sheet (PDF, 520KB)

Want to learn on the job?

Traineeship Program

Traineeships are available where qualifications or experience are not required. Generally a 12 - 18 month program, the traineeship is designed to introduce you to the AFP across a range of portfolios within the organisation. The program consists of:

  • accredited training at a Certificate IV level
  • exposure to the diverse range of business areas within the AFP
  • ongoing employment upon successful completion of the program.

For more information view the Traineeship fact sheet (PDF, 530KB)

Graduated from Uni?

The Graduate Program

If you are a university graduate with a minimum 3 year degree then the AFP Graduate Program might be for you. The program offers participants:

  • accredited training
  • exposure to the different business areas within the AFP
  • ongoing employment upon successful completion of the program.

Applications for the Graduate Program open each year in March for commencement in February of the following year.

Still at school and looking to get job-ready?

School based apprenticeships

Getting job-ready while you are still at school can help if you are looking to enter the fulltime workforce when you finish. The AFP offers school-based apprenticeships to Year 11 and 12 students which encompasses on-the-job training whilst working towards your Higher School Certificate. The apprenticeship will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • commence an apprenticeship at school
  • work across a range of portfolios within the AFP
  • be paid while gaining work experience
  • develop business skill sets
  • undertake extracurricular accredited training.

For more information on these and other employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, email workforce-diversity@afp.gov.au.