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:

  • Have been obtained within the last three months (from the initial request to provide).
  • 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
  • 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

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to provide the requested traffic history documents at the time of application will result in your application being withdrawn from the process.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 must provide proof of Australian Citizenship with either an:

  • 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

When requested you must provide a copy of your driver's licence (front and back). Your licence must not be expired.

The copy must be clear with all details on the licence visible (including your photo).

Education certificates

When requested you will be asked to provide evidence of your highest level of education.

The minimum requirement is a Year 10 Certificate with a Cert IV / Diploma level qualification or Trade Certificate. University level qualifications are also welcomed.

First Aid and swim certificates

Protective Service Officer and Police Officer recruits need a current first aid certificate (including CPR qualification) 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.

It is most likely these certificates will be requested later in the process, generally prior to the Recruit Applicant Validation Centre (RAVC) weekend.

First Aid

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). In most cases, the attainment on the certificate should read HLTAID001 (Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation), HLTAID002 (Provide basic emergency life support) and HLTAID03 (Provide first aid).


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 the high potential candidate pool – what does that mean?

Once you have successfully completed both the fitness assessment and AFP entrance exam you will be placed in the high potential candidate pool. This means you have met the entry requirements, however you still have gateways to complete prior to being offered placement on a program.

Dependent on the entry level preference you have selected (PSO or Police) and operational and organisational requirements at the time, you may remain in the pool or you may be contacted to submit an application for an upcoming recruit program.

It is important to note that while you are in the high potential candidate pool and throughout the recruitment process, you 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.

AFP Entrance Exam

The re-sit timeframes will be dependent on which component of the assessment does not meet the minimum benchmark.

If you receive:

  • Standard Met for the Emotional Intelligence assessment but Standard Not Met for one or more cognitive component (Literacy, numeracy, abstract reasoning or writing assessment) you will be offered one re-sit opportunity.  You must re-sit within a 12 month period, but not before 3 months following the initial outcome.
  • Standard Not Met for the Emotional Intelligence assessment but Standard Met for one or more cognitive component (Literacy, numeracy, abstract reasoning or writing assessment) you are unable to re-sit for a 12 month period.  You will be required to sit the full exam again after the 12 month waiting period.
  • Standard Not Met for the Emotional Intelligence assessment and Standard Not Met for one or more cognitive component (Literacy, numeracy, abstract reasoning or writing assessment) you are unable to re-sit for a 12 month period.  You will be required to sit the full exam again after the 12 month waiting period.

Entry Level Fitness Assessment (EPCA)

It is expected that you are physically ready and capable of successfully passing the fitness assessment when you submit your ROI and book into an assessment.

Applicants will be provided with one opportunity to re-sit the fitness assessment and must successful complete each component. 

If you are unsuccessful at a second attempt, you will not progress through the process.

Organisational Health Gateway (medical and psychological assessments)

The decision on whether the applicant is allowed to re-sit will be dependent on the reasons surrounding the outcome and the inability to meet this gateway. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Feedback will not be provided on the outcome to this gateway.

Recruit Applicant Validation Centre (RAVC) weekend

You are unable to re-sit this assessment within a 12 month period.

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