Minimum requirements

Before you apply for any position, check that you meet the AFP's minimum requirements.

All applicants

  • demonstrate a commitment to the AFP's core values of integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness and trust. Read more about the AFP's core values
  • you must be an Australian citizen
  • as part of the application process, candidates will be required to complete an employment suitability questionnaire and provide a copy of their traffic history, which can be obtained from the local Motor Registry in your State or Territory. The employment suitability questionnaire will be assessed against our published employment character guidelines (PDF, 100KB)
  • provide fingerprint sample
  • prior to engagement, successful applicants will be required to undergo a security clearance, a standard medical clearance/examination and undertake a test for illicit drugs in accordance with the AFP's Illicit Drug Free Work Force Policy.

Applicants who do not undertake a test or who do not satisfy the requirements of these pre-engagement clearances processes cannot be engaged by the AFP.

ACT Policing, Federal Agent and Protective Service Officer recruits

We are looking for the best of the best. We want people who are up for a challenge - physically and mentally - who want to give back to the community, and who align with our core values.

Personal values are the key to the way the AFP operates. These values are integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness and trust.

Honesty, integrity and professional standards such as cooperation and mutual respect are characteristics we require in our members.
The AFP is looking for people with:

  • high levels of motivation
  • integrity
  • cultural awareness
  • a commitment to working with the community.

To be a recruit for a community police officer (with ACT Policing), a federal agent or a Protective Service Officer, you need to:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be intelligent, self motivated and willing to serve in any area of the AFP
  • have a full manual vehicle driver's licence with no provisional restrictions (P plates)  or medical restrictions at the time of application
  • meet the medical and psychological standards for AFP sworn police and protective service officer applicants.
  • be physically fit and healthy and able to undertake the physical requirements of training
  • have a senior first aid certificate (current for entire training period).

In addition, ACT Policing and Federal Agent recruits also need:

  • Year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or similar qualification
  • confirmation of ability to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided.

Lateral transfers from another state or territory police service must:

  • be an Australian citizen at time of application
  • have at least two years contemporary operational policing experience and not separated from your last operational policing role for a period in excess of three years
  • possess a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) or equivalent
  • successfully pass several AFP selection gateways including the Federal Police Lateral Program.

For International Deployment Group placements you must have:

  • a minimum of five years' experience, be free of probationary restrictions and have not been separated from your Policing jurisdiction for a period in excess of three years.


You are usually notified about where you will be deployed before you start training. The AFP Commissioner has the power to assign police members at any time to any place considered appropriate for the AFP to perform its functions. If you are not interested in deployment at this time, you may want to consider deferring your application.