AFP careers

One organisation - a million possibilities

The AFP can take its employees to exciting places, provide diverse duties and work with interesting people. We are one organisation, with a million possibilities.

A career with the AFP can lead to working with the community, across the country or around the globe.

Whether in a non-policing support role, investigating transnational crime, combatting terrorism and people smuggling, investigating crimes against the ACT community and patrolling its city and suburban streets, providing high visibility protection to commonwealth infrastructure sites and establishments, or heading overseas to liaison posts or capacity building missions, you'll be on the frontline, contributing to keeping the Australian community safe.

We are committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse workforce and aim to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

The AFP Workforce Diversity Program develops, implements and reviews the goals, strategies, and measures designed to include, recruit and retain members from diverse backgrounds. While there are many diversity groups in Australia, we specifically recognise the additional challenges faced by five groups in the workplace. These are women, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians (A&TSI), gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersex (GLBTI) people, people with disability (including mental health difficulties), and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

As one of Australia's law enforcement agencies, we maintain a robust integrity framework. Our employees must demonstrate the highest level of professional standards, both in their professional and private lives to safeguard organisational integrity and security. We therefore ensure a stringent assessment process of all applicants seeking to join the organisation and this is aligned to our Employment Character Guidelines (PDF, 55KB).

* Trans is used as an umbrella term to cover a diverse range of experiences of sex and gender and ways of describing oneself such as trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender questioning etc. Based on Aizura, A.Z., Walsh, J., Pike, A., Ward, R., & Jak, 2010. Gender Questioning. A joint project of Trans Melbourne Gender Project, Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria & Rainbow Network Victoria.

Proposed future recruitment campaigns

The AFP anticipates that the below recruitment campaigns will be run over the next 12 months. Please be aware that these campaigns and their timing are indicative at this stage and subject to change based on operational requirements.

  • Recruiting for Protective Service Officers released in May 2018 for anticipated commencement at the AFP College in January and April 2019.
  • Recruiting for Police Officers (National and ACT Policing) to be released in October 2018 for anticipated commencement at the AFP College in June 2019.
  • Recruiting for Police Officers (National and ACT Policing) to be released in March 2019 for anticipated commencement at the AFP College in October 2019.
  • Recruiting for Protective Service Officers to be released in May 2019 for anticipated commencement at the AFP College in September 2019 and January 2020.

We encourage you to monitor vacancies on this site and/or follow us on Facebook for details on upcoming intakes and your eligibility to apply in the future.

Entry level recruit - sworn policing

The AFP is currently recruiting for entry level policing with the application period closing on 5 April 2018.

To be eligible for consideration you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be over the age of 18
  • hold a valid driver's licence. Provisional (P Plates) and Automatic (only) licences will be accepted
  • have a year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates with a Tertiary qualification in technical fields such as;
    • Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, National Security, Forensic Science, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, International Security, Information Technology (communications, software, and network specialist.

We strongly encourage that in preparation of submitting an application you commence obtaining relevant documentation including:

  • Birth Certificate/ Passport/ Citizenship documents
  • additional proof of gender (if required)
  • traffic history from all states and territories where you have held a drivers licence.

Different ways to join

Depending on your career choice, there are several ways to join the AFP:

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

National Security Hotline

Visit the AFP Futures Centre

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