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 2024 program open on 2 March 2023. 

Graduate positions are primarily located in Canberra.

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’s 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: 

  • Business (Accounting, Human Resources/Industrial Relations, Commerce, Project Management, Taxation, Finance)
  • Engineering (Information Technology, Software Engineering, Electronics, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Cyber Security, System Administration)
  • Health (Nursing, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Health Sciences)
  • Law (Legal Studies, Law and Justice, Policy)
  • Criminology (Security Studies, Counter Terrorism, Intelligence & Security)
  • Arts, Humanities and Justice (International Relations, International Studies)
  • Arts and Design (Communication and Media)
  • Science (Forensics)
  • Social Science (Psychology, Anthropology)

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

Salary and benefits

The AFP Graduate Program provides a number of benefits including:

  • A starting annual salary of $69,224 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Positions will be predominantly located in Canberra, and relocation assistance is provided if you are moving interstate
  • Access to AFP Tertiary Study Assistance Scheme (ATSAS)
  • Six weeks (30 days) of paid annual leave per year + additional paid Christmas stand down 
  • Four extra mandatory leave rest days per year 

Further details and other generous employment conditions can be found in the AFP Enterprise Agreement 

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)
  • Resume/CV.

Shortlisting and assessments

The AFP uses a multi-faceted selection process to shortlist and progress applicants to determine their suitability for the Graduate Program. The shortlisting and selection process typically includes: 

  • Completing online assessments to test your suitability against the AFP Band 3 Work Level Standards which includes psychometric and personality assessments.
  • Video interview
  • Virtual assessment centre which consists of a group activity, behavioural interview and written task. At this stage you will also have the opportunity to meet prospective business areas online.
  • Completing an Employment Suitability Questionnaire to assess your character against AFP standards. For more information, visit our Employment Suitability Questionnaire page
  • Providing 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.

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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