Eligibility requirements

Before you register your interest, check that you meet the AFP's minimum requirements.

To be eligible for entry level Protective Service Officer and Police Officer roles, you need to meet the minimum requirements when you are invited to submit an application.

Applicants who do not undertake or successfully meet a mandatory gateway or who do not satisfy the requirements of these pre-engagement clearance processes cannot be engaged by the AFP.

All applicants must at time of application:

  • 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. 
  • At a minimum hold a Year 10 certificate with a Cert IV/Diploma level qualification or Trade Certificate. University level qualifications are also welcomed. NOTE: you may be required to provide evidence and uploaded educational certificates when requested.
  • Complete and submit the Employment Suitability Questionnaire. The employment suitability questionnaire is assessed against our published employment character guidelines.
  • Provide a copy of your current traffic history (from the local Motor Registry) for each state or territory where a drivers licence has been held.

Additional requirements

As you progress through the recruitment process (when requested) you will also be required to:

  • Provide a first aid certificate, including CPR component that is valid and current for duration of the training program period)
  • Provide evidence of the ability able to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided (evidence of this will be required on AFP form)
  • Provide a fingerprint sample and undertake drug testing to test for illicit drugs in accordance with the AFP's Illicit Drug Free Work Force Policy (prior to your engagement).
  • Undergo the security clearance process to obtain at a minimum a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance.  

National Security Hotline

Read the AFP Annual Report 2019-20

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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