Are you eligible to apply?

Before you apply, check that you meet the AFP's minimum requirements.

To be eligible for entry level Police Officer and and Protective Service Officer roles, you need to meet the 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.

All applicants must:

  • hold Australian citizenship and provide required documentation
  • be 18 years of age or over
  • hold a valid drivers licence. Provisional (P Plates) and Automatic (only) licences will be accepted. 
  • complete and submit the Employment Suitability Questionnaire. The employment suitability questionnaire is assessed against our published employment character guidelines (PDF, 50KB)
  • provide a copy of your current traffic history (from the local Motor Registry) for each state or territory where a drivers licence has been hold. Traffic history must be no older than three months at the time of submitting your application
  • have a year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent. Tertiary qualifications are also welcomed. Educational certificates must be uploaded to the recruitment system.
  • be physically fit and in excellent health in order to successfully complete the AFP Fitness Assessment and to endure the physical requirements of the training program

Additional requirements

As you progress through the recruitment process, you will also be:

  • required to provide a senior first aid certificate (current for entire training program period) when requested
  • able to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided (evidence of this will be required on AFP form)
  • willing to provide a fingerprint sample
  • required to undergo a security clearance and be tested for illicit drugs in accordance with the AFP's Illicit Drug Free Work Force Policy (prior to your engagement).

National Security Hotline

Visit the AFP Futures Centre

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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