FAQ: Professional (non-policing) roles

General enquiries

Requirements for joining the AFP

Applying for Professional (non-policing) jobs

General enquiries

What makes the AFP special?

The AFP is the only police service in Australia which offers work in community policing, as Federal Agents, in Protective Services and peacekeeping missions overseas. If you are interested in policing roles within the organisation, information can be found at Entry level sworn recruits.  The AFP also offers work in professional (non-policing) roles.

Do I have to be an Australian citizen to join the AFP?

Yes, it is a minimum requirement at the time of application that you are an Australian citizen.

I have a security clearance from another department/organisation - will this assist me with my application?

The AFP will still conduct its own security checks. If, however, you are able to provide the relevant details/documentation, please do so.

Does the AFP have graduate or trainee programs?

The AFP's Graduate Program currently involves a 12-month comprehensive training and development program in three varied work rotations, with a dedicated mentor to provide assistance and support You can build your career at the local, national or international level with non-policing roles ranging from intelligence analysts and forensic investigators through to jobs in information technology, legal, training, marketing and communications and administrative support. To join the AFP graduate program, you must be an Australian citizen and have completed a three-year bachelor degree.

The AFP also offers an Indigenous traineeship program. If you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian, over 18 years old and interested in an administrative career with the Australian Federal Police you can apply for our Directions Program Traineeships.

During the full time 12 month program you will experience a series of rotations within the organisation and complete a Certificate IV in Government / Project Management. A wide range of support is available from mentors, buddies, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Network and previous trainees. All positions are based in Canberra.

Please email AFP-Entry-Level-Programs for further information.

How long does the AFP non-police recruitment process take?

The AFP recruitment process timeline varies from applicant to applicant as there are mandatory requirements like medical and security clearances that must be met.

What are the pay scales and working conditions?

Details about pay, the AFP's generous leave entitlements and other conditions are at Pay and conditions.

How often does the AFP recruit?

The AFP's recruitment needs vary from year to year depending on organisational and government demands.

The AFP is moving to an annual recruitment model. Details of the annual intakes will be published once finalised. Please continue to monitor the website for updates.

Requirements for joining the AFP

Will my sexual orientation prohibit me from joining the AFP?

The AFP believes that sexual orientation does not affect an individual's ability to do the job. The Gay and Lesbian Officer Network provides support to its members and also advises management on strategies and initiatives for managing relationships with the gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and intersexual communities.

Does the AFP employ people from non-English speaking backgrounds or from different ethnic groups?

Yes. The AFP mirrors the Australian community by employing people from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Currently, AFP staff speak 59 different languages including sign language. Many internal networks, such as the Malunggang Indigenous Officer Network, exist to support staff.

Are there any age restrictions for professional (non-policing) recruitment?

The AFP will recruit persons from age 18 and we have no maximum age prescription (providing that the individual is considered fit to perform the duty).

Many people are interested in AFP employment and this makes selection competitive. On this basis, the AFP tends to favour applicants with life experience and relevant skills and training.

Applying for Professional (non-policing) jobs

What types of Professional (non-policing) roles are there in the AFP?

Professional (non-policing) roles range from IT and business support to forensics, finance and human resource management.

Where will I find AFP job vacancies?

You will find AFP vacancies for non-policing roles:

  • included in the current vacancies list on this website
  • advertised in the newspaper
  • listed in the Australian Public Service Gazette.

Are there any pre-requisites for non-policing roles?

You need to be an Australian citizen to be eligible to be engaged by the AFP. Some roles may require specific qualifications, however these requirements will be clearly outlined in the advertisement.

What is involved in applying for professional (non-policing) roles?

The section providing Advice for applicants has information about what to include in your application, how to address the selection criteria for the position you are interested in and how to lodge your application.

I am still at school and considering a future in the AFP. Are there subjects/curriculum favoured by the AFP that would enhance my chances for employment?

The AFP does not nominate a list of preferred subjects. We are interested in good results and a capacity to think critically. Selection for AFP employment is highly competitive. We look for sound academic performance and encourage you to pursue subjects you are interested in which develop your thinking skills, and allow you to perform at your best. For the immediate future, the AFP is looking for people with qualifications in Forensics, Forensic Accountants, Information Technology, Law, Cybercrime and Security.

Does the AFP prefer people with degrees and particular types of degrees?

Tertiary qualifications may add to your competitiveness and wherever possible, the AFP seeks to recruit applicants from a wide range of disciplines.

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