Protective Service Officer role


Protective Service Officers are employees of the AFP who provide high visibility protective security services for various Commonwealth interests nationally and internationally.

The AFP is a dynamic working environment offering roles to enthusiastic, motivated and committed members of the community. As a Protective Service Officer you will be required to undertake shift-work. You will perform a range of duties which may include:

  • Maintaining the integrity and security of Government identified infrastructure
  • Static protection duties for designated operations
  • High visibility vehicle, bike and foot patrols  
  • Support roles in Close Personal Protection
  • Roles in the interest of national security
  • Public order management duties in the Commonwealth interest

Protective Service Officers exercise legal powers and are qualified in use of force.  They are stationed at key Commonwealth establishments including Parliament House, various Defence sites and provide protective security to the diplomatic community.

You will require excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with a broad spectrum of the community. As a Protective Service Officer you will need to be vigilant and dynamic to respond to incidents.

Career development

As a new recruit you will undergo an intensive residential training program in Canberra, which combines theory, practical application of knowledge, officer safety training, simulations and physical fitness training.

During the training, you will be required to obtain and maintain the essential qualifications, skills and competencies required for the role of a Protective Service Officer.

The AFP is a progressive law enforcement agency which provides varied opportunities to expand and develop your career.

You can apply on the Vacancies page.

More information

Phone: (02) 6131 5555, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Email: [email protected]

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