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

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The Directions Program Cadetship

Are you a university student working towards your undergraduate degree? Then cadetships are available within the AFP in a diverse range of portfolios based in Canberra. 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.

Applications for our Directions Program Cadetship are now open and will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 April.

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

Want to learn on the job?

The Directions Program Traineeship

Traineeships are available where qualifications or experience are not required.  This Traineeship is an integrated employment and career development program, delivered in Canberra over 12 months. In addition to ongoing (permanent) employment, participants will be provided with professional development opportunities during the course of the program to enhance their capability to undertake a career in the AFP. The Traineeship 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)

For more information on these and other employment pathways for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians, email [email protected].