What to do before you apply

Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ)

The ESQ is available from the online recruitment system when commencing your application.  Right click on the form > Save target as (on your PC) as SURNAME/Initial ESQ and then complete details and save again.  DO NOT attempt to complete this form on your mobile phone/device.

Traffic history

Your traffic history must:

  • Continuously cover the last 10 years you have held a licence – if you have held a licence for under 10 years, the history must cover the full duration you have held your licence
  • Be obtained from an Australian state/territory Road authority/department
  • Include information for all states/territories or countries that you have held a drivers licence in – if you are unable to obtain your traffic history from another country, you must provide a Statutory Declaration that outlines licence details (including dates) and any traffic offences associated with this licence
  • Clearly state the authority/department logo and/or stamp of the relevant authority
  • Be current – with the report obtained within the last three months
  • Include all pages – both FRONT and back – even if the pages are blank

Each state/territory refers to the relevant traffic authority by various names. Although it is your responsibility to provide the appropriate documentation to support your application, a list of authorities across Australia is below.

State/Territory Authority
ACT Access Canberra
NSW Service NSW
NT NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (PFES)
QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
SA SA Government
VIC VicRoads
NOTE: you do not need to provide the certified copy.
WA WA Police
NOTE: WA traffic history covers a period of 5 years only. AFP will accept this. You will need to visit a police station to obtain your history.

It is recommended that you contact the relevant authority to discuss the traffic history you need to provide. Traffic history forms part of this recruitment process and failure to provide the requested traffic history documents at the time of application will result in your application being withdrawn from the process.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have lived overseas, have travelled extensively and held a licence and/or  driven and received an infringement of any kind, you are required to provide a Statutory Declaration stating the period you held a licence and list any traffic offences you are aware of. Statutory Declarations can be found on the Attorney-General's Department website.

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

Upload evidence of one of the following completed educational attainment with your application:

  • university degree of transcript – this should include the completed/conferred date
  • diploma qualification with either a Year 10 or Year 12 certificate 
  • Year 12 certificate
  • Year 10 certificate plus trade certificate OR Certificate IV or diploma

If you have not yet completed your degree, you will need to provide evidence of your highest completed education.  You will be able to provide details of your other education in the application form.

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.

I have been placed in a merit pool – what does that mean?

Throughout the process applicants must successfully complete all mandatory gateways.

Applicants who are placed in the merit pool have met all the required standards and have been assessed as suitable for a role. Applicants may be drawn from the pool at any time 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 – applicants may be placed in a pool and no offers of course placement made. Course scheduling and applicant selection is dependent on the operational and organisational requirements of the AFP at the time.

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

Can I re-sit a particular recruitment gateway?

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
Entry Physical Competency Assessment (EPCA) 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.


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