Apply to be a police officer

Take the first step in your exciting new career.

Apply now for an exciting career as a police officer, where no two days are the same. Right from entry level, the role of a general duties police officer is challenging and rewarding. 

Here's what we look for, what to have ready, and how to get started on your application with Victoria Police. 

Who we are looking for

Do you: 

  • have good communication skills? 
  • have a strong work ethic? 
  • represent and want to protect all parts of our diverse Victorian community? 
  • feel fit and healthy, and psychologically resilient? 

If yes, we'd love you to apply to join our team. 

Before you begin your application

Read and confirm these points: 

Step 1: Check your eligibility and suitability to be a police officer

If you haven’t already, take our quick quiz(opens in a new window) to make sure you fulfil our basic application requirements. 

Step 2: Prepare what you need for your application

You will need to submit an online application form consisting of extended written responses, including: 

Documents you may need

Examples of useful documents you may need to reference in your application include: 

  • your birth certificate 
  • proof of citizenship, permanent residency, or a special category visa status (in the case of New Zealand) 
  • change of name documents (if applicable) 
  • valid Australian driver licence (provisional licences are acceptable) 
  • current first aid certificate. 

Step 3: Set yourself up for success

To apply with the best chance of success, we encourage you to: 

  • use a desktop or laptop in a quiet space to apply 
  • allow at least 45 minutes to complete your online application 
  • take your time to complete your application as we assess the content, grammar and spelling in your written responses 
  • be truthful about any prior offences. 

Step 4: Start your online application now

Begin your career journey with Victoria Police through our careers portal. 

Apply now to be a police officer

What happens after you submit your application

Our recruitment team will assess your online application and responses. 

We invite applicants who pass the assessment to progress to the exam recruitment gateway.

On average, the recruitment process takes between 3-6 months to complete. 

Learn more about the recruitment process for police officers.

Prior policing experience and former police officers

Your prior policing experience from across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom may be recognised when applying for a role as a Victoria Police officer.

Explore how to apply if you have international or interstate policing experience or you're a former Victoria police officer.