How to become a Police Officer - Australian Federal Police

Police officers working for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are responsible for policing federal law in all states and territories, and for community policing in the ACT and Australia's external territories. The AFP, with its headquarters located in Canberra, is Australia's international law enforcement and policing agency. It is the chief source of advice to the Australian Government on policing issues, enforces Commonwealth criminal law and protects Commonwealth and national interests.

Personal requirements of a Police Officer - Australian Federal Police

  • Of sound character
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A full, unrestricted manual vehicle drivers licence
  • Able to satisfy medical and fitness requirements
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for a Police Officer - Australian Federal Police

To become a police officer (AFP) you usually have to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or complete Year 10 plus a trade certificate. Tertiary qualifications may add to your competitiveness and, wherever possible, the AFP seeks to recruit graduates from a wide range of disciplines, not limited to law, justice or criminology studies. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Successful applicants complete 24 weeks of training at the AFP College in Barton, ACT. Recruits complete a further 12 months of on-the-job training. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 25.7%

NT 3.8%

QLD 25.4%

SA 5.3%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 27.6%

WA 8.2%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 78.2%

Female 21.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 3.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 16.8%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 7.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 39.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 28.6%

Above 35 years: 71.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To join the AFP, applicants must pass aptitude, medical and psychometric tests, as well as security checks, a fitness test and a selection assessment. Applicants must hold a Provide First Aid Certificate and be able to swim 100 metres unaided.
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