Gateway Assistance Package

Required Documentation

It is important that you note: that when uploading required documentation, the system allows for only one (single) upload per criteria.  If there is more than one document, you will need to combine these into one (single) document prior to uploading

Traffic History

All applicants are required to obtain a copy of their traffic history. If you have resided in different states or territories, you must supply a traffic history from each state or territory. You are required to include 10 years of traffic history and not older than 3 months from the date of application. If you have a traffic history report from more than one state or territory, you will need to scan all documents and attach to your application as one.

Traffic history information is available from the local Motor Registry in your state or territory. Do not upload individual infringement notices or unofficial documentation.

Proof of Australian Citizenship

All applicants need to provide one of the below items as proof of Australian Citizenship:

  • Australian passport
  • Australian birth certificate
  • Australian citizenship certificate

The documentation you provide needs to be a clear copy and must be valid (must not have expired).

Driver's Licence

You must provide a copy of the front and back of your driver's licence. The copy must be clear with all details on the licence visible (including your photo) and your licence must not be expired.

Education certificates

You need to provide one of the below:

  • Tertiary qualification (university)
  • Year 12 certificate
  • Year 10 certificate WITH a trade certificate
  • Year 10 certificate With a certificate IV

Preference will be given to candidates holding suitable tertiary qualifications. 

It is important that you note: that when uploading certificate documentation, the system allows for only one (single) upload per criteria.  If there is more than one document, you will need to combine these into one (single) document prior to uploading.

The certificate must clearly state your name and outline the institution which you obtained your qualification. The copy must clearly state the course has been completed (with the completion date noted). The copy you provide must not be a transcript.

First Aid and Swim Certificates

Police recruits need a current first aid certificate and confirmation of ability to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided (but untimed) at the time of training and for the first six months of employment. These certificates will be requested later in the process, generally prior to the Recruit Applicant Validation Centre.

Candidates will be required to send these certificates to AFP Recruitment when requested.

First aid

The first aid certificate will need to be either certified or be printed on recognised business letterhead with a signature affixed by a company employee. The AFP does not have a 'list of preferred suppliers' for the first aid certificate. We require a current first aid certificate including a CPR component which is generally obtainable from accredited training agencies (e.g. Red Cross or St John Ambulance).


The AFP recruitment team will provide an AFP approved swim certificate template via email to applicants when the certificates are requested.

The swim certificate may be witnessed and certified/signed by a lifeguard, an Austswim qualified swimming instructor or persons who hold a current bronze medallion certificate. The swim certificate must outline the qualifications of the person witnessing and signing the 100 meter swim requirement.

Merit pool

The merit pool is a group of successful applicants who have met all the required standards and have been assessed as competitive for the role.  A pool is not an order or merit/ranked list and applicants can be drawn from the pool at any time.

The merit pool is valid for 12 months (or at the delegate's discretion), where successful applicants may be selected from the merit pool for placement onto a training program at the AFP College in Barton.

Successful placement into the merit pool does not guarantee placement onto a training program. Course scheduling and applicant selection is dependent on the operational requirements of the AFP.

It is important to note that throughout the recruitment process, and whilst in the merit pool, applicants are continuously assessed through the ESQ gateway.

Re-sit policy

An applicant who does not meet relevant gateway standards may have the opportunity to re-sit the relevant gateways:

Gateway Re-sit timeline if unsuccessful
Revelian Cognitive Ability Test 12 months after their initial attempt and when a vacancy is advertised.
Entry Physical Competency Assessment There is no re-sit available for the Entry Physical Competency Assessment. Applicants who do not meet the minimum required benchmarks at the Entry Physical Competency Assessment will not progress further through the recruitment process.
We encourage applicants to resubmit a new application for the next intake.
Medical Assessment The decision on whether the applicant is allowed to re-sit will be dependent on the medical reasons surrounding the outcome and the inability to meet this gateway. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Psychological Assessment 12 months after initial assessment and when a vacancy is advertised.
Recruit Applicant Validation Centre There is no resit available for this mandatory component.

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