Directions Program

2019 AFP Directions Program

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The AFP are committed to being an employer of choice, and sustaining a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. To support this commitment the AFP facilitates employment pathway opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the AFP Directions Program.

The Directions Program is a critical element to support the AFP in utilising the valuable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to policing, and in our efforts towards reconciliation.

What is the Directions Program?

The Directions Program is an ongoing full time employment and career development program, delivered primarily in Canberra over 12 months. The program provides participants with professional development opportunities to undertake a career in the AFP.

The Program provides you with:

  • Exposure to the diverse range of business areas within the AFP.
  • A nationally recognisedqualification.
  • The opportunity to work with, and learn from, people with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills.
  • Ongoing employment upon successful completion of the program.

We are looking for motivated people seeking to commence in a professional role with us. You should apply if you:

  • Are interested in working for the AFP.
  • Have effective communication skills.
  • Can work well as part of a team.
  • Have personal drive, integrity and a strong work ethic.
  • Are creative and can think in different ways.
  • Have experience using basic IT.

Please note: formal qualifications are not required for this opportunity.

What are the requirements to apply for the Program?

To be eligible you must provide documentation to confirm you are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent
  • a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of applying
  • an Australian citizen.

There are a number of documents and online assessments that form part of the application process and these are explained in more detail in the following information. Some of these steps may take time to complete so please read through all the requirements now and allow yourself enough time to complete a full and comprehensive application.

You must be willing to:

  • move to Canberra, if required
  • undertake an employee suitability questionnaire
  • provide details of your traffic history for the last ten years (where applicable)
  • provide fingerprint samples and undertake drug testing
  • undergo a security assessment.

What will I be doing during the Program?

You will complete a series of rotations, working in different teams to deliver support to a range of business areas across the AFP. During your time you will also undertake a nationally recognised qualification.

You will also have exclusive access to mentors and senior executives of the AFP to extend your professional networks.

What support will I have access to?

Positions are primarily Canberra based so relocation may be required. We know moving away from family, friends and Community can be challenging, and we will help you with financial relocation assistance. You will also have access to ongoing support from the Directions Team, Directions Buddies, professional Mentors, previous cohorts and the Malunggang Indigenous Officers Network (MION).

What happens at the end of the Program?

After successful completion of the Programs you will be allocated to a business area within the AFP. This will be your permanent position.

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