A career with the AFP can take you around Australia and the world, doing work that’s critical to keep all Australians safe. It’s an agency like no other.
As a graduate, you’ll receive bespoke opportunities tailored to developing our future leaders.
Our Graduate Program gives your career a unique kickstart. Move from university straight into full-time employment, with a structured pathway to success in our specialist or support teams.
Over 12 months, you'll experience working in several AFP areas. These could include cybercrime, fraud, forensics or intelligence.
At the end of the program, you’ll launch straight into an exciting new role in a specialist or support team, with a guaranteed permanent position.
Who should apply
The expertise we need in our specialist and support teams changes from year to year.
We welcome applications from all eligible graduates.
Highly regarded fields of study include:
- arts, humanities and justice (counterterrorism, criminal justice, criminology, international relations, intelligence, languages, policy, security analysis or national security)
- business (accounting, auditing, commerce, finance, human resources, industrial relations, project or change management)
- health science (exercise science, human movement, kinesiology, nursing, occupational therapy)
- information technology (computer and data science, cybersecurity, electronics or mechatronics, programming, network engineering, system administration)
- media and communication (communications, graphic design, media, visual arts)
- science (forensic science)
- social science (anthropology, psychology, social work).
Timing and location
Our Graduate Program runs from February to February each year. The selection process starts several months before the February start date.
Graduate positions are primarily based in Canberra. There are some state-based positions, but these depend on our requirements.
When you apply, you may have to move to Canberra. We'll help with the cost of your move from interstate.
Structure and support
Expect structure, experience and opportunity in our Graduate Program. From the very first week, you'll complete induction activities and network with other Graduate Program participants.
Over 12 months, the program allows you to work in multiple areas of the AFP, so you can see how different units operate. There are plenty of opportunities to push yourself and explore possibilities. Read some of our people's stories.
As a graduate, you'll have access to:
- a structured program offering a variety of work experiences
- personal and professional development
- monthly meetings, run by graduates for graduates
- our Graduate Support team
- financial help for relocation (if required)
- the opportunity for progression when you complete the program.