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2017 Entry Level Recruits - Special Measure for Women

Australian Federal Police

Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 28/09/2017

Job Category:

IT and Telecommunications / Helpdesk / Servicedesk

Job description:

Policing for a Safer Australia


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is committed to creating, fostering and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.

As outlined in the AFP’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, diversity is a core element of modern policing and is fundamental to our future capabilities, effectiveness, and our ability to respond. In support of this we offer excellent career opportunities for women, with a particular focus on the operational roles. We are working towards an intake of 50% women and 50% men on entry level recruit programs.

In the most recent recruitment process, the AFP was overwhelmed with interest for the entry level recruit roles, which was terrific. Many high calibre applicants applied and are continuing to progress through this process. However, to deliver on our diversity goals WE NEED MORE WOMEN, and are therefore calling for interested women to apply for this special measure* – women only recruitment process, for entry level recruits.

The world is changing, crime is changing, and we are changing to meet new challenges. One of the exciting new changes is that for the first time ever, we are promoting a recruitment round specifically seeking applications from women for entry level recruits to undertake either a Federal Police Development Program (FPDP) or a Protective Service Officer Program (PSOP).

Are you who we’re looking for?

  • are you passionate about law enforcement and starting a career with the AFP, including community policing?
  • are you driven to serve and give back to the community?
  • are you fit, healthy and motivated?
  • are you honest, law abiding, respectful of others and can readily identify with AFP values?
  • are you able to meet all the Minimum Entry Requirements and think you can successfully pass all Recruitment Gateways at the time of application?
  • you have not previously applied for VRN 302/2017 (entry level recruit process).

Unique opportunities, remarkable careers… your career in law enforcement starts here!

There are a number of current and anticipated opportunities across our organisation.

  • Community policing roles. If you have a genuine interest in serving the community, we have roles spanning criminal investigations, intelligence, family violence, general duties, traffic operations, community safety, emergency management and rural patrol. These roles may be based in the ACT Policing or aviation portfolios. ACT Policing roles are based in Canberra; aviation roles could be based in any capital city of Australia. Federal police development programs are scheduled to commence from early 2018.
  • Protective service officer (PSO) roles. If you have an interest in working within the national security environment, our PSO roles are charged with protecting Australia’s interests. These include protecting people, assets and critical infrastructure across Australia, based in capital cities and regional areas. Protective service officer programs are expected to commence from early 2018.
  • National investigation roles. If you have a genuine interest in preventing and disrupting crime, including transnational, serious, complex and organised crime, cyber, child protection, proceeds of crime and counter terrorism, we have roles for you. Future opportunities in forensics, intelligence, surveillance, specialist response, cyber crime operations, and national investigations are available, especially for those who have completed tertiary qualifications in relevant technical fields. Initial roles post training are nationally based with future opportunities to work internationally. Opportunities are scheduled to commence from early 2018.

To be competitive for a role you will need to thrive in a team based environment, be an effective communicator and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to AFP core values and diversity.

Preference will be given to candidates holding relevant tertiary qualifications. Tertiary qualifications in technical fields such as: criminology, criminal justice, law, national security, forensic science, intelligence and counter terrorism and information technology (communications, security, software and network specialisations) will be advantageous.

Applying: before commencing your application, check out the FAQs, applicant pack and supporting documents and certificates checklist for more information on the application and recruitment process. The AFP will also be running some online and face to face information sessions, keep your eye on the AFP web page and AFP Facebook page for details.

If you require further information, we encourage you to visit our website.
Answer to your question isn’t there? Contact the AFP Recruitment Team on
02 6131 5555 or email

Applications close 4:00pm AEST Thursday 26th October 2017

* Special measure - the purpose of this recruitment process is to achieve substantive equality between men and women in the AFP, within the meaning of that term in anti-discrimination legislation such as section 7D of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

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