Minimum requirements

Before you apply for any position, check that you meet the AFP's minimum requirements.

All applicants must

  • demonstrate a commitment to the AFP's core values of integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness and trust. Read more about the AFP's core values
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be required to complete an employment character questionnaire
  • provide a copy of your current traffic history obtained within three months of submitting your application from the local Motor Registry in each state or territory where a drivers licence has been held
  • provide fingerprint sample
  • prior to engagement, undergo a security clearance, a standard medical clearance/examination and undertake a test for illicit drugs in accordance with the AFP's Illicit Drug Free Work Force Policy.

The employment suitability questionnaire is assessed against our published employment character guidelines (PDF, 55KB).

Applicants who do not undertake a test or who do not satisfy the requirements of these pre-engagement clearance processes cannot be engaged by the AFP.

Entry level policing and protective service officer recruitment gateways

We want people who are up for a challenge - physically and mentally - who want to give back to the community, and who align with our core values.

Honesty, integrity and professional standards such as cooperation and mutual respect are characteristics we require in our members.

We are looking for people with:

  • high levels of motivation
  • integrity
  • cultural awareness
  • a commitment to working with the community.

To be eligible for entry level policing and protective service officer roles, you need to meet these minimum requirements at the time of application:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be intelligent, self-motivated and willing to serve in any area of the AFP for a sworn policing role
  • hold a valid driver's licence. Provisional (P Plates) and Automatic (only) licences will be accepted
  • meet the medical and psychological standards for AFP sworn police and protective service officer applicants
  • be physically fit and healthy and able to undertake the physical requirements of training
  • have a senior first aid certificate (current for entire training period)
  • year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent
  • confirmation of ability to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided
  • successfully pass several AFP selection gateways.

Lateral transfers from another state or territory police service must:

  • be an Australian citizen at time of application
  • have at least two years (unless specified) contemporary operational policing experience and not separated from your last operational policing role for a period in excess of three years (unless specified)
  • possess a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) or equivalent
  • successfully pass several AFP selection gateways.


You are notified of your intended deployment location at the time of an offer for engagement being verbally presented. The AFP Commissioner has the power to assign police members at any time to any place considered appropriate for the AFP to perform its functions. If you are not interested in deployment at this time, you may want to consider deferring your application.

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