AFP ACT Police

ACT Policing

Keeping communities safe and secure in the Australian Capital Territory

Do you want to turn your life experience into something meaningful? As a community policing officer with ACT Policing you’ll get to make a difference, see your impact, and access great benefits. APPLY NOW!

ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police. We are the first point of contact for members of the public requiring assistance in the ACT.

ACT Policing’s role is to: 

  • Deliver a safe and secure environment through policing activities on behalf of the ACT Government
  • Work with the community to address victim-based crime, threats to community safety, serious and organised crime, and road safety.

We are a diverse team who reflect all parts of our community and we strive to make a positive difference every day. We support one another to be our best, no matter what we face.

– Senior Constable at Tuggeranong Station,

Find out more about joining ACT Policing

As a member of ACT Policing you will work with integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness, respect and trust.

A career with ACT Policing is one of the best ways to make a difference in the community. Canberrans might not see us every day, but we never stop working to keep them safe. We have more than 900 staff committed to ensuring the delivery of policing services.

Once you successfully complete your recruitment training at the AFP College in Canberra, you will become a constable of police and deploy to one of five local police stations across Canberra to undertake general duties.

There is a vast range of career opportunities at your fingertips. After obtaining sufficient skills, knowledge and experience as a general duties member there are options to specialise in areas such as:

  • Community safety
  • Family violence
  • Drugs and organised crime
  • Sexual assault
  • Fraud
  • Rural patrol
  • Road policing
  • Intelligence
  • Crash investigations
  • Emergency/disaster management.

ACT Policing also employs professional members to support operational teams.

This includes areas such as:

  • Human resources
  • Finance and logistics
  • Media and public engagement
  • Ministerial and policy
  • Administrative support
  • Police Operations Centre
  • Community liaison
  • Member welfare.

    Salary and benefits

    As a sworn police officer with ACT Policing you will receive paid training, a generous base salary, an additional 22% core composite allowance after graduation*, 6 weeks annual leave and 18 days personal leave. You can also get extra pay for overtime and nightshift. 

    While you attend the AFP Police College in Canberra you’ll get paid to train and all meals and accommodation are included at no cost. Graduate from the college with a permanent, secure job and no HECS/HELP debt. During the first twelve months as police officers, Constables complete a workbook to receive a Diploma of Policing.

    We recognise that diversity creates a stronger and more effective organisation. All employees bring a range of experience, knowledge and insight, which is why we focus on maintaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. Read more about benefits and support

    *See Section 18: Composite Allowances in the AFP Enterprise Agreement.

      Hear from our people

      AFP Testimonial
      I am immensely proud to be leading a team of highly professional members who are deeply committed to the safety and protection of the Canberra community. Working in community policing offers endless opportunities and no two careers will be the same. We need people who are community focused, who want to make a difference to the lives of their fellow Canberrans and who are up for a challenge. We are a small jurisdiction that has always shown we can be innovative and creative.
      AFP Testimonial

      Deputy Commissioner, ACT Chief Police Officer

      How to join

      There are standard steps to joining ACT Policing.

      1. Train as a police officer recruit 
      2. Successfully complete six months’ probation 
      3. Upon completion of your recruit course, you will start work in ACT Policing straight away as a General Duties officer. You will need to successfully complete an on-the-job workbook (usually completed over a 12-month period) 
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