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.
    • In accordance with the AFP Act 1979 the Industry Standard on drug testing AS/NZS 4308:2008 : Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine can be accessed on Australian Standards Online by searching the Standard’s title and/or number.

The employment suitability questionnaire is assessed against our employment character guidelines.

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 recruit - Policing and Protective Service Officer recruitment

Visit the Minimum requirements page which contains specific information for entry level recruit - Policing and Protective Service Officer recruitment.

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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