Lateral police recruitment

The AFP may conduct Lateral police recruit programs (Federal Police Lateral Program – FPLP) for ACT (Community) Policing and National Operations, aimed at current serving police officers from State and Territory police jurisdictions from time to time.

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
  • Ability and psychometric testing
  • 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 please review the AFP Careers page.

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The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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