Eligibility, qualifications and background

Am I eligible to apply?

Minimum qualification requirements

To be considered for the AFP Graduate Program you must have completed your university degree within the last five years. This is a minimum of a Bachelor degree, but many of our candidates also have postgraduate qualifications.

If you have received recognition of prior learning for direct entry into a postgraduate qualification (without completing a Bachelor degree) you must be completing a Masters degree or higher.

You must have completed the requirements of your qualification prior to commencing your position as a graduate with the AFP. It does not matter if your graduation ceremony is at a later date.

Overseas qualifications

If your qualification was completed at a university outside of Australia (including New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom), you must have the qualification recognised by your state or territory government Overseas Qualifications Unit prior to submitting your application.

More information is available from Australian Education International.

Checkable background

All members of the AFP are required to hold a security clearance. In order to be granted a clearance you must have a checkable background, as explained on the Security Vetting Gateway  page.


As stated in Section 24(4) of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 all applicants must be Australian citizens to be eligible for engagement as an AFP employee. Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications where citizenship is pending.

Please note: the AFP does not offer sponsorship for non-citizens.

Do graduates need a specific qualification?

Each year the qualifications of candidates recruited into the Graduate Program change in response to business needs. The What we do page provides some basic information regarding the breadth of work in the AFP and our current Organisational Structure.

While the AFP welcomes applications from all eligible graduates, this year degrees in the following fields will be very highly regarded:

  • Information Technology (System Administration, Network Engineering, Computer & Data Science, Programming, Electronics/Mechatronics)
  • Arts, Humanities and Justice (Criminal Justice, Criminology, International Relations, Language, Security Analysis/ National Security, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Policy)
  • Business (Finance, Accounting, Commerce, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Audit, Project Management, Change management)
  • Legal
  • Media and Communication (Graphic Design/ Visual Arts, Communication)
  • Science (Forensic Science)
  • Social Science (Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology)
  • Health Science (Exercise Science, Human Movement, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy)

National Security Hotline

Read the AFP Annual Report 2019-20

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