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Police officer careers

For a rewarding, challenging career, become a police officer in the AFP

AFP ACT Police

About the role

As a police officer in the Australian Federal Police, your core task will be to outsmart crime through intelligent action. You will be expected to work with integrity, commitment, excellence, accountability, fairness, respect and trust at all times.

What you'll do

As a police officer in the AFP you will:

  • Investigate breaches of the law
  • Use information and evidence to determine the appropriate law-enforcement response
  • Interview witnesses and suspects
  • Collect, prepare and present evidence
  • Work with prosecution agencies, attend court and give evidence.

Read more about what we do. 

The AFP has got so many other facets to it. Every day you go to work and you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

– Rebecca, Superintendent, Transnational Serious and Organised Crime

Information for applicants

To be a police officer in the AFP, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Hold a valid full, provisional or automatic-only driver's licence
  • Have at least a Year 10 certificate with a Certificate IV, Year 10 Certificate with a Trade Certificate or a Year 12 Certificate or higher (university qualification).

Read more about eligibility requirements 

When applying to be a police officer in the AFP, you must:

  • Complete and submit the Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ). For more information, visit our Employment Suitability Questionnaire page
  • Provide a copy of your traffic history
  • Provide proof of your Australian citizenship
  • Provide a copy of your driver's licence
  • Provide evidence of your highest level of education.

Learn more about the application process

There is a seven-step process to becoming an Australian Federal Police officer:

  1. Register 
  2. Pass the AFP Entrance Exam
  3. Pass the fitness assessment
  4. Complete a detailed application
  5. Pass a medical and psychological assessment
  6. Pass a security assessment 
  7. Attend the two-day Assessment Centre course.

Learn more about the application process

Australian Federal Police officers must be fit enough to carry out duties. If you are active and lead a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t have a problem passing the initial fitness assessment. This consists of a beep test, push-ups and sit-ups.

Learn more about health and fitness requirements 

Once you’re accepted into the AFP, you will train full-time at the AFP College in Barton, Canberra. You will be taught and trained by expert instructors in all aspects of police work, including law, investigation techniques, police powers, firearms, driver training and mandatory physical fitness training. Recruits will live at the AFP College or nearby in Canberra during training.

AFP ACT Police

Entry-level roles

Entry-level police officer roles in the AFP are highly sought-after. After successfully completing the Federal Police Development Program you will be deployed in line with the AFP’s operational priorities and the needs of the organisation at that time.

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Hear from our people

Police officers Joel and Shona recall their entries into the AFP.

I joined the AFP as a PSO, which was a great foundation for me. I got to learn about the organisation, undertook operational safety training, driver training and de-escalation skills that have helped me greatly in my policing career.

ACT PO Joel

Joel
Senior Constable, Eastern Command

AFP Police Officer
I'm Aboriginal on my mother’s side of the family, but growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, it wasn’t something we celebrated, so it was actually a bit of a relief when I joined the AFP and it wasn’t something that had to be hidden or not talked about.
Australian police sergeant being interviewed

Shona
Sergeant, ACT Policing

How we protect our people

The safety of our people is paramount. The training and support provided by the AFP throughout an officer’s policing career encompasses a range of specialised areas to protect physical and mental health. 

The AFP has a number of measures and support services in place to protect the physical, mental and emotional health of our employees. These include:

  • The AFP Welfare Officer Network
  • High-performance health centres to be set up in each regional command
  • First-class on-the-job training
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Operational safety training. 

Learn more about AFP support services.

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