AFP careers

Unique Opportunities – Remarkable Careers

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 applications for Entry Level Recruit processes – including Protective Service Officers and Police Officers (National and ACT Policing)- are expected to open in early 2019. Please be aware that this timing is indicative only and is subject to the AFP's operational and organisational requirements.  

You are encouraged to monitor vacancies on this site and/or follow the AFP on Facebook for details on future intakes and your eligibility to apply.

Entry level recruit - sworn roles

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 apply

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

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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