Police - Lateral Recruit Program - ACT Policing

Closing Date:  30/06/2024

Canberra, ACT, AU

Band:  AFP Broadband 2-5 (Policing)

Job Details

JOB TITLE - Police - Lateral Recruit Program - ACT Policing

LOCATION - Various Locations

AFP BAND & SALARY - AFP Broadband 2-5 (Policing) - Band 05, $74,853.00 - $102,927.00


CONTACT OFFICER - Sworn Recruitment, email: afprecruitment@afp.gov.au


Please note: this Recruitment process is for ACT Policing roles

Register of Interest is 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.


ACT Policing

Community policing in the ACT offers diverse operational opportunities across all facets of law enforcement, including General Duties. Limited jobs can match the diversity and excitement of community police work. Moreover, community Police Officers in the ACT have opportunities not ordinarily available to other Australian jurisdictional police forces, surging into National operations to support our External Territories, as required to enforce Commonwealth criminal law and maintain the peace in the Australian Capital Territory.

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 lateral police candidates to undertake the Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP1/24) who will deploy to ACT Policing in a General Duties role for 6 months before being placed in one of the following roles:

  • General Duties Policing
  • Road Policing and Emergency Management
  • Family Violence and Vulnerable People
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Intelligence
  • Communications
  • Judicial Operations


Can I apply yet and am I eligible?


 To be considered as an eligible Lateral candidate, you must: 

  • Be an Australian Citizen.
  • have a minimum of three years of operational policing experience in an Australian jurisdiction
  • have not been separated from your jurisdictional policing role for more than five years
  • have strong skills/experience relevant to one/multiple of those listed above. Applicants with a Detective designation are encouraged to apply
  • hold a formal policing qualification such as a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) or equivalent
  • have a current driver's licence 
  • have received your COVID-19 Vaccinations

 Essential Requirements: 

  • ability to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1/Negative Vetting 2 security clearance;
  • hold a Senior First Aid Certificate, including CPR (valid for the entire training period);
  • provide evidence of your ability to swim 100 metres freestyle non-stop and unaided
  • ability to maintain a satisfactory level of physical fitness and wellness - AFP Health and Fitness


What is the recruitment process?

The completed recruitment gateways for selection onto a Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP) include:

  1.  Online application
  2. Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) assessment
  3. Interview
  4. Medical and Psychological Assessment
  5. Security Vetting Process and integrity check
  6. Drug testing and fingerprinting


Once you have submitted your 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?

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

  • Current Resume (uploaded 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 prior to 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 in which applicants' character is assessed against the employment character standards. All applicants who are not currently an AFP employee are required to 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 as part of your online application. Please provide your Diploma of Public Safety (Policing) or equivalent and other relevant specialist training certifications that support your application.


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.

Members will commence with the AFP at a rank of up to Leading Senior Constable based on previous police service. Members who complete FPLP will be immediately deployed to roles based on organisational requirements (taking into account role and location preferences where possible).


Lateral Recruit - Further Information

To find out further information about Lateral Recruitment can be found in the candidate pack or visit our Lateral page on our website. 

Apply online

Applications must be submitted online through the recruitment portal.

Contact Information

All enquiries can be directed to the AFP Recruitment Team email: afprecruitment@afp.gov.au