ACT Policing - Entry Level Recruit Program

Req ID:  12294

Canberra, ACT, AU

Band:  Band 02

Applications are now open

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is looking for the brightest minds to protect Australians by outsmarting serious, complex, international and organised crime. In joining the AFP, you will be critical in protecting Australia and Australians from serious crime. As an inclusive organisation, the AFP provides an opportunity for all Australians to gain employment in the AFP fairly. We appreciate that everyone is unique and acknowledge that diversity in thought leads to greater transparency and improved consideration in our decision-making. To support our employees, we also provide flexible work arrangements. 

We break new ground every day, and a career as a member of the AFP requires a diversity of skills and knowledge and an ability to combine innovation with policing to create intelligent action. 

Crime is clever, and we need to be more innovative. To be one of the most adaptive, effective and advanced policing agencies in the world, the AFP is seeking motivated candidates to undertake the Federal Police Entry Level Program who will deploy to ACT Policing in a general duties role. 

ACT Policing

ACT Policing is the AFP's community policing service in the ACT. We aim to keep the ACT safe and secure through community policing activities on behalf of the ACT Government.

As an ACT police officer, you can make a positive difference to the lives of the people in your community. When a crime is committed in the ACT, you are the first point of contact.

Few other jobs can match the diversity and excitement of community police work. Day to day, as an ACT police officer in general duties, you will patrol the Canberra community and respond to incidents, deal with crimes such as robbery, drug offences, family violence and traffic incidents, and proactively engage with the Canberra community.

Over time, you'll have the opportunity to develop additional skills and specialise in a range of roles across ACT Policing including:

  • community safety
  • family violence
  • major crime, such as drugs, organised crime and homicide
  • sexual assault
  • fraud
  • rural patrol
  • road policing
  • intelligence
  • crash investigations
  • emergency and disaster management

Am I eligible to apply?


To be considered for entry level recruit roles, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Education: 
    • a Year 10 Certificate + 2 years of work experience, OR
    • a Year 10 Certificate + a nationally recognised vocational education qualification Certificate III level or higher, OR
    • a Year 12 Certificate, or
    • a vocational education qualification / tertiary qualification Diploma level or higher
  • Hold a valid Australian driver’s licence (P plates are accepted however, if you have a learners licence please apply once you have your provisional licence).
  • Provide evidence of having two primary doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine at the time of application (evidence can be provided in the form of an immunisation history statement or COVID-19 digital certificate)
  • Provide evidence that you can swim 100 metres freestyle, have a current First Aid and CPR certifications

Essential requirements

  • ability to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 / Negative Vetting 2 security clearance;
  • ability to maintain a satisfactory level of physical fitness and wellness - AFP Fitness

What is the recruitment process?

The completed recruitment gateways for selection onto a Federal Police Entry Level Program (FPDP) include:

  1. Application
  2. AFP Entrance Exam
  3. Fitness assessments
  4. Eligibility and professional standards check
  5. Interview and assessment centre
  6. Security clearance
  7. Medical and psychological assessments
  8. Provide evidence that you can swim 100 metres freestyle, have a current First Aid and CPR certifications
  9. Merit Pool

Once you have submitted an application, please continue to monitor your email address for updates and invitations from recruitment to complete the various gateways. You may be contacted directly by business areas about your application. 

We also encourage you to register for the SMS notification option, as this will ensure you will receive the latest updates to your application. 

What do I need for my application?

Mandatory documents

Applicants must provide the below mandatory documents through the process (noting initially, you will only be required to attach your Resume):

  • current Resume (upload to your profile)
  • traffic history for the last 10 years
  • Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ)
  • proof of Australian citizenship
  • current drivers licence (front and back)
  • education certificates
  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination status

Traffic history

Providing a traffic history is mandatory. All applicants who are not currently an AFP employee must upload an up-to-date traffic history (no more than 3 months old before the date of submitting this phase of your application) for the last 10 years from all states and countries where they have held a licence. More information on the required documents and how to obtain a traffic history(s) can be found on the traffic history page on the AFP careers webpage.

AFP Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ)

The ESQ is the tool by which an applicant's character is assessed against the employment character standards. All applicants who are not currently AFP employees must complete the ESQ for every application.

More information about the ESQ can be found on the AFP's Employment Character Standards webpage.

Education documents

You must upload your education certificates that support your application. Education documents must be recognised within Australia.

Remuneration package

The AFP offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement.

Please read our ACT Policing Candidate Pack for further information.

Contact information

All enquiries can be directed to the AFP Recruitment Team's email:

AFP Band & salary - Band 02, $59,581 - $64,131

Contact officer - AFP Recruitment

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Applications close - 11:59pm (AEST) 21 January 2024