Former or returning Victoria Police officers (sergeant or senior sergeant)

How past police officers wishing to return at the rank of sergeant or senior sergeant can begin the reappointment process with Victoria Police.

We encourage former Victoria Police sub-officers to consider returning to the organisation, and being reappointed to Victoria Police is easier than you think.  

If you do wish to apply, you must first register with the Police Registration and Services (PRS) Board.  

The Police Registration and Services (PRS) Board

The PRS Board maintain the Police Profession Register for former police officers wanting to return to Victoria Police.  

The Police Profession Register

The PRS Board maintain the Police Profession Register and will conduct an independent assessment of your:

  • character and reputation
  • capabilities
  • experience and qualifications from prior police service and other work.

It also conducts the independent review and appeal function for Victoria Police including:

  • promotion
  • transfers
  • disciplinary action.

Note that registration on the Police Profession Register does not guarantee your re-employment.

Find out more about the Register on the PRS Board website

The requirements of reappointment to Victoria Police as a sergeant or senior sergeant

The following information will assist in your journey to return to the organisation.  

Who can and can't apply

You can apply to be re-employed with Victoria Police as a sergeant or senior sergeant if you: 

  • are a former Victoria Police member who has resigned  
  • meet the current entry requirements (such as fitness and medical) for recruitment.

Dismissed or terminated Victoria Police members cannot reapply. 

How to apply to Police Registration and Services Board

First you must register.

Once registered, you can apply for re-employment with Victoria Police.  

Your application will be assessed and will determine if you are recommended for reappointment. 

Learn more about the process and requirements on the Police Registration and Services Board website

What to expect once you apply to Victoria Police

Once registered with the PRSB, all applicants will be subject to a suitability assessment panel.

Applicants deemed suitable must meet the standard minimum requirements for appointment.

Those successful in applying for reappointment at sergeant and senior sergeant rank will be allocated a temporary position in the Melbourne CBD for 12 months.

Once retrained and requalified, they can apply for a permanent position at rank, anywhere across the organisation.

One extension of a further 12-months may be available if required to secure a permanent position.

The Reappointee Assessment Panel

Here’s what to expect in your Reappointee Assessment Panel interview.

Your panel interview

The Reappointee Assessment Panel is made up of representatives from:

  • Recruitment Services
  • North-West Metro Region
  • and the Transfer & Promotion Unit.

Reappointee Panel questions

The Reappointee Assessment Panel will ask you both behavioural and competency-based questions. These questions aim to:

  • assess your suitability for reappointment
  • and to determine what rank you may be offered.

The panel members will ask what you have been doing during your absence from Victoria Police.

You need to show you have gained skills that align with our capability framework.

If you are registered with the Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB)

If you left Victoria Police at any rank, you may be eligible to return as a sergeant or senior sergeant.

To do so, you must have gained relevant experience since leaving.

To be eligible to apply for reappointment as a sergeant or senior sergeant you must:

  • have previously been appointed as a police officer under the Victoria Police Act
  • have completed the initial probation period
  • had your former appointment confirmed as described in the Act
  • be registered with the Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB)
  • have been assessed by the PRSB as suitable for reappointment as a sergeant or senior sergeant.

How long the application process takes

A few factors affect the process length once you register with the Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB). These include:

  • your readiness to attend the various assessments
  • The availability of those services.

At this stage, it is expected that applications should be completed inside six months. Victoria Police aim to significantly reduce that timeframe in the future.

Number of available positions

During the first two years of this pilot program, there will be up to ten temporary reappointee positions available at any time.

Next steps if you are successful

The following stages will apply if you are successfully re-employed with Victoria Police.

Further information about reappointment

Have more questions? For further information about the recruitment process, you can contact us directly.

You can email the Police Alternative Employment Unit on

You can also call us on (03) 8335 6100 during business hours.