Minimum requirements

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

To be eligible for entry level policing 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:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the AFP's core values of integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness, respect and trust. Read more about the AFP's core values
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be over 18 years of age
  • complete an employment suitability questionnaire. The employment suitability questionnaire is assessed against our published employment character guidelines (PDF, 50KB)
  • hold a valid drivers licence. Provisional (P Plates) and Automatic (only) licences will be accepted
  • 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. Preference will be given to candidates with a Tertiary qualification in technical fields such as;
    • Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law, National Security, Forensic Science, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, International Security, Information Technology (communications, software, and network specialist)
  • have a high level understanding of verbal, numerical and abstract relationships (this will be assessed through Revelian Cognitive Ability Testing - RCAT)
  • meet the medical and psychological standards for AFP sworn police and protective service officers
  • 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
  • hold or have the ability to obtain all required documentation, such as; education certificates and proof of citizenship
  • be able to provide a senior first aid certificate (current for entire training program period) when requested
  • be 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
  • undergo a security clearance, and undertake a test for illicit drugs in accordance with the AFP's Illicit Drug Free Work Force Policy. (prior to engagement)

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