Entry level recruit - Policing and Protective Service Officer recruitment

We want people who are up for the challenge – physically and mentally – who want to give back to the community, and who align with our core values of integrity, commitment, accountability, fairness, trust and respect.

Honesty, integrity and professional standards, such as cooperation and mutual respect are characteristics we require in our members.

We are looking for people with:

  • high levels of motivation.
  • integrity
  • cultural awareness
  • a commitment to working with the community
  • intelligence, self-motivation and a willingness to serve in any area of the AFP
  • sound levels of fitness and a desire to embrace fitness as a lifestyle choice

Recruitment process

To get the best of the best, our selection process is one of the most comprehensive and competitive in Australia.

This rigorous process is designed to ensure applicants meet our minimum requirements and have a high potential for successfully meeting the challenges and demands of a role with the AFP.

You are required to successfully meet our minimum requirements and pass all recruitment gateways and be competitive to be offered a place on a training program. Applicants will be invited to progress through recruitment gateways on the basis of an ongoing competitive process. Passing a gateway does not guarantee an invite to subsequent gateways.

Note: Gateways may run concurrently and the order in which the gateways are run may change at any time.

Clearing all gateways does not guarantee you a position on the next training program. Selections are finalised in accordance with operational requirements.

These roles are highly sought after. With the AFP receiving and assessing a large number of high calibre applicants for minimal vacancies. Due to the number of expected applications and to protect the integrity of the process, no detailed feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applications.

Application process

The application process involves:

Selection process

The selection process involves:

Note: to be eligible for entry level policing and protective service officer roles, applicants should be confident of their ability to meet ALL minimum requirements at the time of application. Applicants who do not undertake a test or who do not satisfy the requirements of these pre-engagement clearance processes cannot be engaged by the AFP.

Hints and tips

To help you prepare, here are some hints and tips:

  • Start preparing early, particularly to pass the fitness testing. While you will need to meet the standards of the Entry level Physical Competency Assessment to gain selection, you will be expected to meet the standards of a Physical Competency Assessment whilst at the College.
  • Practice for the aptitude and psychometric testing. You can do this by undertaking some example tests on the Revelian website.
  • Ensure that you are well rested and avoid alcohol before undertaking any of the gateways.
  • At the assessment centre it's important to respond to the questions and scenarios as honestly as possible, to enable us the best opportunity to assess how you'd react in different situations.
  • During timed tests, try to not spend too much time on any one question. If there is time remaining, you will be able to review the questions.
  • Make sure you read about all the gateways to ensure you're prepared for the recruitment selection process and training program.
  • Applicants will be presented with specific, realistic scenarios and behavioural questions to respond to in the interview.
  • Preparation is essential. As with any job interview, applicants are encouraged to understand the role they are applying for and that of the broader AFP in Australia and internationally.

More information

Check out the information pages for the Federal Police Development Program, Protective Service Officer Role and our FAQs!

Answer to your question isn't there? Email the AFP Recruitment team at [email protected] or call 02 6131 5555, 8.00am– 4.00pm (AEST).

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