Directions Program Traineeship recruitment process

There are a number of steps in the Directions Program Traineeship recruitment process.

Step 1: Online Application

Complete the online application.

Address selection criteria

You are required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV)/resume and a two page (maximum) pitch. Your pitch should address the selection criteria (see below) and work level standards relevant to the role and provide evidence as to why you are the best fit for the position. The work level standards are specific to the band level of the role you are applying for and can assist in guiding you in developing your application.

Selection criteria

  • Applying technical knowledge, expertise, and skills.
  • Communicating and working effectively with other people.
  • Organising your work, making sound decisions and achieving

It is important to focus on relevant examples from your previous work, study or community roles and provide the reasons on how and why you did that way.

A suggested approach to developing your pitch could be as follows:

  • Why you are attracted to the role or organisation
  • The skills, experience and personal attributes you will bring to the role – focus on two or three key points that address the selection criteria.
  • Close with strong statement about why the AFP should hire you.

The STAR model can help you form your two to three examples that address the selection criteria in your two page pitch. Think about the following and use these points to form sentences:

  • Situation — Set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
  • Task — What was your role?
  • Actions — What did you do and how did you do it?
  • Results — What did you achieve? What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

Attach your current CV/resume

Your CV/resume is a snapshot of your qualifications, experience, skills and qualities. A resume needs to be clear, concise and organised, including the following details:

  • each organisation and position you have worked in, including dates. Make sure you include casual work and unpaid experiences
  • a summary of the position(s) and any notable achievements in each position
  • qualifications or courses of study
  • any volunteer work that you have participated in
  • achievements, including school, community, sporting or related to employment
  • contact details of at least two people who the AFP can contact to discuss your work performance and/or general character.

Applications close strictly at 11.59pm AEST on Wednesday 12 December. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Attach your documentation to confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

To be eligible to apply for the Directions Program Traineeship, under the affirmative measures you must provide evidence of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

You have to provide evidence that you:

  • Are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent; and
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian; and
  • Are accepted by your community as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian.

Evidence of heritage is a document provided by a registered Indigenous community organisation, issuing a letter of confirmation. The Indigenous community organisation will review the eligible requirements noted above. 

For more information visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) website.  

Step 2: Complete an Employee Suitability Questionnaire

The Employee Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) is the tool in which  your character is assessed against the employment character standards that AFP require of any employee. If you are not currently an AFP employee then you are required to upload and complete the ESQ and attach it to your application. You can access the ESQ on the FAQ: Employment Suitability Questionnaire page.

More information about the ESQ can be found on the AFP Character Standards (PDF, 55KB).

Traffic history

Providing your traffic history is mandatory. All applicants who are not currently an AFP employee must upload an up to date traffic history (no more than 90 days old) for the last 10 years or from the date of your first license if less than 10 years and from all states and countries where they have held a licence.

More information on the documents required and how you can obtain your traffic history can be found on the traffic history page.  It is imperative that you inform yourself of these requirements and take steps now to obtain the required information to attach to your application.

Step 3: Complete an Online Cognitive Assessment Test

When the AFP receives your completed ESQ, you will be invited to undertake an Online Cognitive Assessment Test (RCAT).

We strongly encourage you to find out more about RCAT testing. The Revelian website provides practice examples of what you can expect during testing. 

Step 4: Assessment of shortlisted applicants

An initial assessment of applications is conducted to determine suitability for progressing to the short listing phase in the selection process. Those not successful in reaching the next stage of the process will be advised in writing. This may occur in January 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be subject to further assessment before a final decision is made as to who will be offered a position with AFP. This assessment may include a range of activities including:

  • panel interview
  • group activity
  • supervised RCAT test (similar to the one you were required to undertake when you submitted your application, but under supervision), and a
  • written task.

If you are invited to take part in further assessment of your suitability for employment with AFP then you will be provided with full details including when and where it will be held, what you may need to bring, how to prepare, as well as your travel and accommodation itinerary, if applicable.

Step 5: Offer of Employment

If your application is still being considered at the conclusion of the above, then there are several more conditions that must be met before you will be eligible for employment with AFP (in accordance with Section 24 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979). These are:

  • Obtaining satisfactory security and medical clearances
  • Successful completion of mandatory drug testing (urinalysis test for illicit drugs)
  • Provision of fingerprints (collected when you present for mandatory drug testing).

Instrument of Engagement

Once you have successfully progressed through all recruitment gateways you will be provided with an Instrument of Engagement. This documentation will outline terms and conditions of employment with the AFP.

Commencement of Employment

You will be kept informed as your application progresses. If you are made an offer of employment and you accept this offer then you can expect to commence in the position sometime in July 2019.

Tips on completing this application

  • We encourage you to read the below resources relating to Band 2 pathways and work level standards before writing your two page pitch responding to the selection criteria:
  • We recommend you draft your two page pitch using a word processor program such as Notepad or Microsoft Word, and paste it into the application.
  • Do not leave your application to the last minute! We recommend you prepare your application early to avoid unforeseen circumstances preventing you from submitting a successful application.

Thank you for you interest in a position with the AFP. If you have any questions about this process please email: [email protected].

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