Benefits & conditions


Details of pay for staff within the AFP are in the AFP Enterprise Agreement and the AFP Executive Level Enterprise Agreement.

Sworn positions

ACT Policing recruits are paid $58,090 during the 24 week live-in training, after graduation the salary increases to $60,274 (plus a 22 per cent composite allowance on top of this base salary where a flexible working pattern is required).

Protective service officers are paid $53,969 during the 11 weeks live-in training program and after graduation they will receive a 22% composite allowance. Incremental advancement will occur 12 months after the date of engagement.

Lateral transfer recruits joining the AFP from a state or territory police service retain benefits accrued throughout their career (recognised through appropriate remuneration strategies). Previously negotiated salaries are payable from the start of training, within the range of $59,103 to $84,505 a year. After successfully completing the training program, the composite allowance will reflect the working pattern of the function to which they are assigned.

While living at the AFP College all meals, housekeeping and linen are provided.

Remuneration and certain entitlements may vary between categories of AFP employment depending on:

  • location within Australia or overseas
  • the type of work undertaken
  • working patterns
  • work/life balance.

Additional allowances are paid, for example, on overseas service, deployments to high cost living areas, and as compensation for hours in excess of the normal working week.


We have very generous leave provisions, including:

  • 6 weeks (30 days) paid annual leave per year (with options to purchase additional leave, take leave at half pay and cash out leave)
  • 4 mandatory rest days per year
  • 18 days paid personal leave per year
  • 16 weeks paid maternity leave (after 12 months of service) for each confinement, and an additional 36 weeks maternity leave without pay
  • 3 months (or 6 months on half pay) paid long service leave after 10 years' continuous Commonwealth service
  • 6 weeks paid adoption leave
  • 3 days of compassionate leave in the case of illness, injury or death of an employee's immediate family or a member of the employee's household.

Other conditions and benefits

The Australian Federal Police Act 1979 and other Commonwealth employment legislation establish the employment framework for all AFP employees while specific conditions of service are set out in the AFP Enterprise Agreement.

Both the employment framework and the conditions of service are designed to maximise AFP core business by attracting, developing and maintaining a professional and flexible workforce.

For example, the AFP offers many other benefits and opportunities to its employees, including:

  • standardised conditions of service including a 40-hour working week (subject to flexible working requirements)
  • comprehensive superannuation measures
  • advancement and career mechanisms
  • substantial investment in professional development, which produces high levels of skill and knowledge
  • a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation in an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment
  • a team-based culture offering support and assistance
  • interesting and challenging work
  • variety that is second to none
  • work that has significance for the entire Australian community
  • active involvement with overseas law enforcement agencies, liaison posts in many countries, and international capacity building obligations
  • an equal opportunity employer and smoke-free work place.

Remuneration and certain entitlements may vary between categories of AFP employment depending on:

  • location within Australia or overseas
  • the type of work undertaken
  • working patterns
  • work/life balance.

Minimum employment period

Your ongoing employment will be subject to you successfully completing a minimum employment period. This period will be for six months and will commence on engagement with the AFP.

During the minimum employment period your suitability for employment in the AFP is assessed. The purpose of this period is to assess, through training and on-the-job experience, your work performance, conduct and suitability for employment.

Where aspects of poor work performance or conduct are sufficiently serious and/or not showing any sign of improvement, employment may be terminated.

Upon attestation from the college, ACT Policing and federal agent recruits will have 12 months to complete a workbook assessment. Failure to complete this requirement may result in action in relation to underperformance.


We operate in a dynamic and complex environment and mobility is a feature of AFP employment. Employees are encouraged to develop a career path that provides interest, challenge, growth and flexibility through mobility opportunities.

Mobility empowers employees to experience the breadth of possibilities the AFP has to offer and to reach personal and professional aspirations.

To ensure a contemporary workforce is in the right location at the right time to meet operational requirements as well as emerging future challenges the Commissioner and/or his delegate may assign employees to different roles and/or geographical locations to meet organisational priorities.

ACT Policing officers are deployed initially to Traffic Operations for two weeks, and then to one of the five police stations for a minimum period of 12 months (while you are a Probationary Constable).

Federal agents are deployed initially to the Aviation portfolio for a minimum period of two years.

While preferences will be taken into account, the AFP needs to structure its workforce to meet the operational priorities set. The ultimate deployment location will be based on the organisation's operational priorities at the time.

Work/life balance

We are committed to providing and maintaining so far as practicable a flexible work environment that enables all employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

A policy has been developed that outlines flexibility in the workplace is a responsibility shared by the AFP, leaders and employees. While sometimes it's easier said than done, we encourage a balanced workplace culture.

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