Lateral police recruitment

The AFP has a Lateral police program (Federal Police Lateral Program – FPLP) for ACT (Community) Policing and National Operations, aimed at current serving police officers from State and Territory police jurisdictions.

The FPLP is a bridging conversion course at the AFP College, Barton, Canberra.  Your salary within this program is dependent on your years of policing service, and when entering the AFP as a lateral you will not necessarily keep your current rank, as ranking systems do vary from State to State.

To be eligible to apply for a FPLP you need to meet our lateral recruitment minimum requirements:

  • have not less than two years' (unless specified) contemporary experience in exercising police powers and responsibilities, and
  • have a separation period of no longer than three (3) years from a state/territory police jurisdictions (former police officers only).
  • be an Australian citizen at time of application
  • possess a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) or equivalent

While these are our minimum requirements, it is important to note that each vacancy will outline specific pre-requisites, as per the role requirements.

All applicants for the FPLP are required to complete all mandatory gateways, which include (but are not limited to);

  • Employment Suitability Questionnaire– including uploading a copy of current and complete traffic history
  • Unsupervised online testing; Revelian Cognitive Ability Test
  • Supervised online testing Revelian Cognitive Ability Test, literacy, and emotional intelligence.
  • AFP Fitness Assessment
  • Interview
  • Medical and Psychological Assessments (Organisational Health clearance)
  • Security Clearance
  • Drug Testing
  • Fingerprinting
  • Recruit Assessment Validation Centre

If you are interested in Lateral recruitment, we encourage you to find out more about the application process and the roles before applying for future advertised vacancies. All vacancies are advertised in accordance with the organisational requirements of the AFP.

Note: The AFP is not currently recruiting for lateral police intake. We encourage you to monitor the website regularly for any future advertised vacancies.

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