Graduate Program Jobs

Graduate Program Jobs

Graduate pathways into the AFP 

The AFP Graduate Program gives university graduates who are passionate about the work of the Australian Federal Police a unique path to a range of challenging and rewarding roles.  The AFP Graduate Program runs annually from February to February, with recruitment taking place in the year before the February start date. Applications for the 2022 program open on 4 March 2021. 

Graduate positions are primarily located in Canberra.

Kick-start your career

The 12-month program provides permanent, full-time employment in specialist or support roles, working in a variety of areas and playing a key role in helping the AFP stay a step ahead of crime. At the end of the program, you will continue to work in the area that recruited you. 

Who the program is for

The AFP Graduate Program is open to Australian citizens who have completed their university degree in the last five years. Holding a bachelor degree is a minimum requirement, with many candidates holding postgraduate qualifications. 

The AFP welcomes applications from all eligible graduates. Preferred subjects can vary from year to year, depending on areas focus. A degree in the following subjects will be highly regarded: 

  • Information Technology (System Administration, Network Engineering, Computer & Data Science, Programming, Electronics/Mechatronics) 
  • Arts, Humanities and Justice (Criminal Justice, Criminology, International Relations, Language, Security Analysis/ National Security, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Policy) 
  • Business (Finance, Accounting, Commerce, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Audit, Project Management, Change management) 
  • Legal 
  • Media and Communication (Graphic Design/Visual Arts, Communication) 
  • Science (Forensic Science) 
  • Social Science (Psychology, Social Work, Anthropology) 
  • Health Science (Exercise Science, Human Movement, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy). 

Graduate Program careers

The 12-month program provides permanent, full-time employment in specialist or support roles, working in a variety of areas and playing a role in helping the AFP stay a step ahead of crime.




   AFP gave me the opportunity to complete my law studies while working full time.

   – Rebecca, Graduate Program participant

Graduate Program details

Graduate Program details

The program

The AFP Graduate Program typically includes:

  • Induction week
  • Graduate support team
  • Monthly meetings run by graduates for graduates
  • Access to mentors and senior AFP executives
  • Financial support for relocation (if required)
  • Personal and professional development opportunities.

Pay and benefits

All program participants begin at AFP Band 3.1 level. Salary rates (including annual increases on completion of the program) can be found here.

You will also enjoy a generous leave entitlement and a healthy work-life balance among other benefits.

Online application

You will need to answer a series of questions and upload the following documents:

  • University degree academic transcript/s (including grades, marking scale, code or key)
  • Proof of Australian citizenship
  • Resume/CV.


The AFP uses a predictive hiring tool called Gradsift to assess your online application. Shortlisted candidates may then need to:

  • Complete online assessments to test your ability to prioritise, delegate and engage with stakeholders
  • Complete an Employment Suitability Questionnaire to assess your character against the standards required by the AFP
  • Provide an up-to-date traffic history from any State/Territory/international traffic authority where you have held a driver’s licence. This must cover your entire driving history up to 10 years.

Interview and written tests

Currently taking place online due to COVID-19 restrictions, candidates record and submit responses to up to five questions.

Some candidates may be asked to complete a written task to assess reading, writing and comprehension skills. Candidates will be notified if they need to do this.

Offer of employment and merit pool

Successful candidates will be given an offer of employment via email through MyCareer. Before starting, you will need to obtain the required AFP security clearance.

Once you start, you will complete mandatory drug testing arranged by the AFP and provide your fingerprints.

Deserving candidates who are not offered a position in the Graduate Program are placed into a merit pool for 12 months. This means you may be offered another Band 3 position in the AFP. Every year, a number of people from the merit pool are offered other positions in the AFP.

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