Restricted roles

Vacant positions in the AFP sometimes include restricted roles, which require police powers or police experience, knowledge and training. These roles are restricted in accordance with AFP policy.

The following roles are categorised as AFP restricted roles.

  • roles which require the exercise of police powers at the rank of Constable
  • roles which require the exercise of police powers at the rank of Sergeant
  • roles which require the exercise of police powers at the rank of Superintendent
  • roles which require the exercise of Commissioned Police Officer powers.

Or for the purposes of Commonwealth and state laws:

  • roles which are determined to require the application of police experience, knowledge and training.
  • roles which, in the opinion of the Chief Operating Officer, National Manager Human Resources, or the Manager, People Strategies, on the grounds of cost and/or operational efficiency, should be advertised internally, with eligibility to apply for these roles restricted to ongoing AFP employees.

For roles requiring the exercise of police powers, a person is eligible to occupy a restricted role only if, in accordance with the Australian Federal Police Act provisions, they can:

  • meet the competence and qualification requirements specified, and be declared to be a member in accordance with the AFP Act
  • be declared to have the rank of Constable, Sergeant or Superintendent as applicable, or
  • in the case of a Commissioned Police Officer, meet the competence and qualification requirements in accordance with AFP policy and be declared to be a Commissioned Police Officer.

People who are eligible to apply for restricted roles include:

  • non-ongoing employees employed at the date of publication of the AFP Vacancies or placement of a role on the AFP external website
  • former members of the AFP, subject to the relevant AFP National Guideline
  • a former member who resigned on or after the AFP Act amendments effective from 2 July 2000 and, where the resignation was:
    • for child rearing purposes and the person resigned after taking at least 12 weeks maternity or parental leave
    • the resignation took place within two years of the date of birth of the child for which the maternity or parental leave was granted
    • the opportunity for ongoing employment was notified in the AFP Gazette and/or placed on the AFP external website within five years of the date of birth of the child for which the maternity or parental leave was granted
    • a former member who resigned on or after the AFP Act amendments effective from 2 July 2000 and, where there resignation was for the purposes of a career break from AFP employment, within five years of the commencement of that break
    • police officers from other police jurisdictions in respect of AFP team member roles in accordance with AFP policy
    • in the case of roles categorised as restricted roles in accordance with the AFP Act, only ongoing AFP employees are eligible to apply for these roles.

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