Federal Police Lateral Police Program (FPLP) recruitment

2019 Federal Police Lateral Recruitment

The AFP conducts the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP) which aims to attract experienced police officers with demonstrated investigation skills from State and Territory police jurisdictions.

If you are an experienced police officer with investigative qualifications and experience in criminal investigations, we are interested in hearing from you.

Opportunities are available in SYDNEY and MELBOURNE.

Applications will open on 11 November 2019 and close on 24 November 2019. 

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Are you an eligible lateral candidate?

To be considered as an eligible lateral candidate, you must have:

  • a minimum of three years operational policing experience; and
  • not been separated from your jurisdictional policing role for a period in excess of five years.

Desirable requirements – National Operations:

  • Formal qualifications to reflect competencies in investigations (Detective Designation or equivalent) and/or
  • Demonstrated experience in criminal investigations.

You must also:

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • possess as a minimum a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
  • be self-motivated and willing to deploy to any area of the AFP
  • be physically fit and healthy
  • obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1/Negative Vetting 2 security clearance
  • hold a Senior First Aid Certificate (valid for entire training period)
  • provide evidence of your ability to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided; and
  • indicate your preference for deployment to Sydney or Melbourne in your application.

What is the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP)?

The FPLP is a mandatory program for lateral police recruits who transfer from other jurisdictions and have the relevant level of contemporary policing experience.  The length of training for lateral recruits may vary depending on your level of contemporary policing experience and skill and may involve up to 11 weeks of training provided by the AFP College. 

Course content focuses on assisting lateral police recruits to adapt their existing knowledge of state legislation to the legislative framework used by the AFP.  Additionally you will receive instruction in relevant Commonwealth Legislation, local practices, procedures and issue management and local criminal justice partners such as the courts and the Director of Public Prosecutions.  

The FPLP application process

The recruitment gateways for the FPLP include:

  • Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ)
  • Lateral Recruit Applicant Validation Centre (LRAVC), where a series of exercises designed to measure applicants suitability against clearly defined selection criteria including an interview;
  • Entry Physical Competency Assessment (PCA) will be assessed at the LRAVC;
  • Medical and Psychological assessments:
  • Security Vetting Process and integrity check; and
  • Drug testing.
  • This recruitment process is being used to create a pool for future vacancies that may arise over the next 12 months.

Important information you need to consider before applying

As a successful applicant you:

  • must undergo an intensive 11 week training program (FPLP);
  • will commence with the AFP rank of up to Sergeant with recognition of previous police service where appropriate;
  • will be immediately deployed to national operations (investigations roles).

Our offer

Remuneration and benefits

  • Starting salary range of $59,252 - $112,376 at commencement.  Your salary is dependent on your years of policing service.
  • Superannuation contribution of 15.4%.
  • A potential working pattern allowance of 22%.
  • Generous conditions of six weeks annual leave plus additional rest days, personal leave, paid maternity and adoption leave and access to compassionate leave. Refer to the AFP Enterprise Agreement.
  • Supplied uniforms.
  • Future opportunity to multi-skill and access career opportunities in local, national and international law enforcement.

More information

Position contact:

For specific questions contact the AFP Recruitment Team on:

Frequently asked questions

  1. Will my years of policing service be considered when determining the classification and increment point I will be engaged at in the AFP?
  2. Will I keep my current rank?
  3. Is the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP) a residential program?
  4. What type of job opportunities are available?
  5. Can I negotiate my starting salary?
  6. Can I transfer over my leave balances including Long Service Leave from my current jurisdiction?
  7. Is there any recognition of prior training for the purposes of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)?
  8. What is the duration of the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP)?
  9. Is the FPLP assessable? What happens if I fail components of the program?
  10. Can I carry over my Detective Designation?
  11. Once engaged with the AFP can I apply for any promotional opportunities?
  12. If I am required to relocate geographically, will be AFP pay for the relocation?
  13. Do I have to be an Australian citizen?
  14. I was medically discharged from a policing agency, will this prevent me from applying?
  15. I work in Australian Border Force/Defence, does this qualify me to apply for the Lateral Program?
  16. I have worked for an international Police force, am I eligible to apply?
  17. Does the 3 year minimum period include my time at the academy/probationary period?
  18. What are the fitness benchmarks that I will be required to meet when assessed at the lateral assessment centre process?
  19. Is there a fitness program that I can use to assist me to increase by fitness level to the required standard?

1. Will my years of policing service be considered when determining the classification and increment point I will be engaged at in the AFP?

Yes. Your commencement salary will be based on your years of experience as an operational police officer. The following table outlines tenure in a policing role and the corresponding pay point.

2. Will I keep my current rank?

Once you commence with the AFP, you will be declared in at a rank that aligns with the AFP rank structure. 

3. Is the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP) a residential program?

The program will be facilitated in Canberra or a state based location and is not considered a residential program. There may be a requirement to spend a portion of the program in another location.

4. What type of job opportunities are available?

On successful completion of the program you will be assigned to the relevant regional office or airport. The roles will be investigations and/or community engagement roles. You will be assigned a role and location based on organisational priority.

5. Can I negotiate my starting salary?

Your commencement salary will be based on your years of experience in a policing role. There is no ability to negotiate outside of the table below. 

Refer to the AFP Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 for details of Classification Structure Base Salary Rates 

AFP Band and Pay Point Years of relevant Policing experience
Band 3.1  
Band 3.2 2 years
Band 3.3 3 years
Band 3.4 4 years
Band 3.5 5 years
Band 4.1 6 years
Band 4.2 7 years
Band 4.3 8 years
Band 4.4 9 years
Band 4.5 10 years
Band 5.1 15+ years
Band 5.2 15 + years
Band 5.3 15 + years

Note: to be eligible to commence at an AFP Band 5, the applicant will need to have worked in an operational policing role for a minimum of 15 years. This does not include any time worked in a non-policing role.

AFP Band and Pay Point Years of relevant Policing experience
Band 6.1  
Band 6.2  
Band 6.3  
Band 7.1 Minimum 3 years at rank of Sergeant.
Band 7.2  
Band 7.3  

Note: to be eligible to commence at an AFP Band 6/7, the applicant must have been awarded the rank of Sergeant through a merit selection process.

6. Can I transfer over my leave balances including Long Service Leave from my current jurisdiction?

The AFP will recognise your prior service in relation to Long Service Leave (LSL), noting that there should not be a break in service of longer than 12 months as per Commonwealth legislation. The AFP is unable to accept a transfer of unused annual/recreational/personal leave.

7. Is there any recognition of prior training for the purposes of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)?

No. You will be required to complete the complete FPLP which is currently 11 weeks in duration. Recognition of your experience will be considered in your commencement salary.

8. What is the duration of the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP)?

The current duration of the program is 11 weeks.

9. Is the FPLP assessable? What happens if I fail components of the program?

Depending on areas that you are yet to be deemed competent, there may be options to re-sit certain modules. Non successful completion of the FPLP may result in you being deemed not suitable for employment in the AFP for the identified role.

10. Can I carry over my Detective Designation?

The AFP has a guideline relating to the Detective Designation and you will be required to submit an application to the National Designation Panel which outlines your claims against the requirements for a Detective designation.  The panel will grant the designation should these requirements be met.    

11. Once engaged with the AFP can I apply for any promotional opportunities?

There is nothing to stop you from applying for promotional opportunities understanding that the AFP would expect a minimum of two years tenure if you are successfully engaged through the FPLP.

12. If I am required to relocate geographically, will be AFP pay for the relocation?

The positions available are located in Sydney and Melbourne. Should you accept a role in one of these locations and you do not reside in that geographical location, the AFP will pay reasonable relocation costs.

13. Do I have to be an Australian citizen?

All AFP employees are required to be Australian citizens.

14. I was medically discharged from a policing agency, will this prevent me from applying?

Your medical history will be considered in determining your suitability for appointment to the AFP and you should take this into consideration when determining whether to apply.

15. I work in Australian Border Force/Defence, does this qualify me to apply for the Lateral Program?

You are required to meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be considered for the FPLP.  This includes completion of minimum educational requirements, operational policing experience and have not been separated from your jurisdictional policing role for a period in excess of five years.  If you do not meet these requirements, your application will not proceed for consideration. 

16. I have worked for an international Police force, am I eligible to apply?

You should take into consideration the minimum eligibility requirements.  If these can still be met then there is no reason why you would not be able to be considered for the program.

17. Does the 3 year minimum period include my time at the academy/probationary period?

The 3 year period is deemed to commence following completion of all

18. What are the fitness benchmarks that I will be required to meet when assessed at the lateral assessment centre process?

You will be assessed against the AFP Entry Physical Competency Assessment (EPCA) standards which are:

Test Male Female Gender X
Beep Test
(20 m shuttle run)
6.5 6.5 Assessed on a case by case basis
Push-ups
(90 degree angle in elbow, 5cm from ground)
15 8 Assessed on a case by case basis
Sit-ups Level 4 Level 4 Level 4

19. Is there a fitness program that I can use to assist me to increase by fitness level to the required standard?

Yes the AFP has a pre-course fitness program.  Details of this program, warm-ups, strength and stretch details and videos on correct form are available.

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