Police - Lateral Recruit Program Register of Interest

Closing Date:  29/12/2024

Canberra, ACT, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Perth, WA, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Adelaide, SA, AU

Band:  AFP Broadband 2-5 (Policing)

Job Details

JOB TITLE - Police - Lateral Recruit Program Register of Interest

LOCATION - Various Locations

AFP BAND & SALARY - AFP Broadband 2-5 (Policing) - Band 05, $59,003.00 - $101,928.00


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


Please note: this Recruitment process will be used to collect your interest in becoming a Lateral recruit. You will be contacted when we are running a lateral course and applications will be progressed based on the business needs at the time.


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 play a critical role in protecting Australia and Australians from serious crime.  As an inclusive organisation, the AFP provides opportunity for all Australians to fairly gain employment in the AFP.  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 as well as an ability to combine innovation with policing to create intelligent action. 


Australian Federal Police - Lateral Police Recruit


Crime is smart and we need to be smarter.  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 (FPLP) and be placed in various roles across Australia including:


  • General duties - ACT Policing
  • Criminal investigations into serious and organised crime
  • Counter terrorism
  • People smuggling
  • Cyber crime
  • Surveillance & Covert
  • Fraud & Economic Crime
  • Police Driver Trainers
  • Operational Safety Trainers
  • Close Personal Protection (CPP)
  • Tactical Response 
  • Intelligence
  • Other Specialist Roles
    • Bomb Squad, Negotiators, Canine Handlers & Discreet Ops


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 operational policing experience in an Australian jurisdiction
  • have not been separated from your jurisdictional policing role for a period of 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 
  • proof of a minimum of two COVID-19 vaccinations (or one dose if the Janssen vaccine was used) will be required if an offer of employment is made


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 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 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.


What is the recruitment process?


The recruitment gateways that must be successfully completed for selection onto a Federal Police Lateral Program (FPLP) include (in no particular order): 


  1. Online application
  2. Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) assessment
  3. Interview
  4. Medical and Psychological Assessment (more detail here)
  5. Security Vetting Process and integrity check
  6. Undertake mandatory drug testing for illicit drugs. This sample could include urine, saliva or hair 
  7. Have your fingerprints taken if an offer of employment is made

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 in relation to 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.


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 Character Standards webpage.


Education Documents


You will be required to 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.



Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


Diversity and inclusion is an operational priority for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). To be an effective police force, we must be reflective of the community we serve, working across languages, cultures and transnational borders. The 2023-26 Diversity & Inclusion Strategy is the guiding framework for delivering the AFP’s diversity and inclusion goals and reflecting our commitment to being an employer of choice, incorporating diversity and inclusion principles in day-to-day practice and building a psychologically and culturally safe workplace. This includes hiring people from diverse backgrounds who bring their lived experience to contribute, and add value, to the AFP. Find out more about how the AFP embraces diversity and inclusion.


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 successfully 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 visit our website.


Apply online 


Applications must be submitted online through our Recruitment Portal.


Contact Information


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