ACT Policing

ACT Policing has more than 800 staff committed to ensuring the delivery of policing services to the ACT as well as dedicated Police Volunteers.

As a police officer, you can make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community. ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which means when a crime is committed in the ACT you are the first point of contact.

Once you successfully complete your 24 week live-in recruit course at the AFP College in Canberra, you will become a constable of police and be deployed to one of five police stations to undertake general duties.

Within ACT Policing there are options to specialise in areas such as:

  • community safety
  • family violence
  • drugs and organised crime
  • sexual assault
  • fraud
  • rural patrol
  • road policing
  • intelligence
  • crash investigations
  • emergency/disaster management.

For information on the recruitment and application process, eligibility requirements and how to apply visit Entry level recruit – Policing and Protective Service Officer recruitment accessible from AFP Careers – Current Vacancies.


ACT Policing also employs professional members to support operational teams. This includes areas such as:

  • human resources
  • finance and logistics
  • media and public engagement
  • ministerial and policy
  • administrative support.

Frequently asked questions about becoming a police officer

I don’t live in Canberra can I still apply for ACT Policing?

Yes. Applications are being sought from across Australia and encouraged from all states and territories. Successful applicants will be required to live at the AFP College in Canberra during the recruit training and expected to move to Canberra upon successful completion of this training.

Does ACT Policing allow for flexible working arrangements?

We are committed to providing a flexible work environment to meet the genuine operational requirements of the organisation and to accommodate, wherever possible, employee preferences to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

While our police recruits are deployed to roles with shift work requirements, there are a range of flexible work practice options available which may suit both the needs of the employee and the requirements of the workplace. These work practices include flexible working hours, compressed working hours and part time work.

What kind of people are ACT Policing looking for?

We recognise that diversity creates a stronger and more effective organisation. All employees bring a range of experience, knowledge and insight, which is why we focus on maintaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve.

To determine if you are eligible to apply, refer to Entry level recruit – Policing and Protective Service Officer recruitment on the AFP website.

How long is the probation period? 

On graduating from the recruit training program members will move into selected ACT police stations. After successfully completing the requirements within the AFP Workbooks and after a minimum period of 12 months, members will then be able to conclude their probation period.

When am I officially a police officer?

Upon successful completion of the training program you will participate in a graduation ceremony at AFP Headquarters. Officers recite the oath or affirmation of office in front of the AFP Commissioner and invited family and friends. This ceremony will be the first time your status as constables of police will be formalised. You will also receive your AFP badge and warrant card.  

Will I be required to carry a gun? 

Yes, it is an operational requirement for police members to carry a gun. You may also be required to carry a Conducted Electrical Weapon (commonly known as a ‘Taser’).

Where can I find information about aptitude testing?

Information and examples of general aptitude testing (not specifically the ones used by the AFP) might be found in your local library or large bookshop. Technical information about aptitude and psychological testing can be found in university libraries. You can also do a general search on the internet.

Is ACT Policing an independent police service?

ACT Policing is the community policing arm of the AFP. We deliver policing services to the ACT through a policing arrangement between the ACT and Commonwealth Governments.

This arrangement is of great benefit to the ACT and AFP, as we can multi-skill our members and provide them with greater career opportunities, training and exposure to local, national and international law enforcement.

How long do I have to stay with ACT Policing before I can transfer to another area of the AFP?

We generally prefer you to stay in ACT Policing until you have acquired all of the foundational skills, knowledge and experience that a police officer needs prior to moving into a career stream of their choice.

Am I required to work shift work including weekends?

Yes, you will be required to work a range of shifts including day, afternoon and night shifts including weekends. The shifts may vary in length, however they will generally be 10 hour shifts.

For more information refer to frequently asked questions on entry level police recruit roles.

Directions Program Traineeship

The Directions Program Traineeship is an integrated full time employment and career development program, delivered in Canberra over 12 months. In addition to ongoing (permanent) employment, participants are provided with professional development opportunities to enhance their capability to undertake a career in the AFP.

Applications for this year’s intake have now closed.

Visit the AFP website for more information.

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