Graduate program

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What is the Graduate Program?

The AFP Graduate Program gives university graduates who are passionate about the work of the AFP the opportunity to fill a wide variety of challenging roles.

The program offers you a full time job in a permanent position doing real work that contributes directly to the outcomes of the AFP. Although these are not sworn policing roles, you will work in a global policing agency committed to staying one step ahead in a rapidly evolving criminal environment.

As Lisa, one of our past graduates, said:

The AFP has a wide mandate and as such, the scope of the AFP’s work is diverse and interesting. You have the opportunity to work on matters of national significance and your work at the AFP really does make a difference. It’s hands-on, fast-paced and dynamic. You’ll never be starved of interest at the AFP.

Over the 12 month program you will build your knowledge, skills and networks by experiencing roles in a number of teams. At the end of your graduate year you will continue to work in the business area in which you are recruited.

Typically our Graduate Program has the following components:

  • An orientation program where we take you on a whirlwind tour of the AFP’s Canberra premises such as Canine Operations and ACT Policing Watch House
  • A graduate support team with two members who will to assist you throughout the year (and beyond)
  • A monthly meeting organised by the graduates for the graduates
  • Meetings with executive staff who candidly share their experiences
  • Personal and professional development opportunities
  • At least three work rotations across the AFP which often take graduates out of their comfort zone and into places they never thought they would experience.

Ben, another of our past graduates, says that:

To be successful in the AFP you need a willingness to learn and be exposed to new and challenging environments, strong skills in your study area and good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well in a team. More importantly, if you’re of excellent character and are willing to put your hand up and go that little extra distance, you are half way there already.

When does the Program start?

If you are successfully recruited into the program, you will begin working for AFP in the February / March of the following year.

What will I be paid and are there any other benefits of working for the AFP?

All graduates commence at the level of AFP Band 3.1. Salary rates for AFP employees are outlined in the AFP Enterprise Agreement.

At the end of the Program you will progress in accordance with the AFP Enterprise Agreement to an AFP Band 3.2.

AFP employees have a generous leave package and access to onsite gyms. Have a look through our website for more general information about the work of the AFP.

What happens at the end of the Program?

At the end of the 12 months, you will continue to work in the business area that recruited you (your ‘home’ business area). This position may, or may not, be in a team that was a part of your rotation plan.

You will also be eligible to apply for any advertised positions within the business area or the broader AFP.

After spending a year as a graduate, Felicity had this to say:

I have really enjoyed my graduate year with the AFP. I have been exposed to a wide range of portfolios and have gained invaluable work experience. The graduate team and fellow graduates have provided me with a great support network and have really assisted in my growth and development throughout the year.

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