Prior history guidelines for applicants

How to check our guidelines to see if a prior offence will affect your application to Victoria Police.

To work at Victoria Police, you must be of good character. At the time of your application, we will assess you according to criminal, driving and other checks. 

Potential risks flagged in your prior history may affect your chances of employment.

Assessing your prior history

Our prior history guidelines make up the list of offences, incidents and charges that may affect your application. 

You must consult these guidelines when applying for a position as:

  • police officer
  • protective services officer (PSO)
  • police custody officer (PCO)

We assess the prior history of all applicants on a case-by-case basis. We make these assessments in line with our current recruitment policy. 

You can help us in this process by completing a Voluntary disclosure form.

False, incomplete or misleading information

You must be honest in all information you share in your application and submitted forms.

If you submit incorrect, misleading or false information about your prior history:

  • we may cancel your application, or
  • we may apply an exclusion period to your application. 

Associations of poor character and reputation

The company you keep may affect your application. If Victoria Police consider who you associate with to be of poor character and/or reputation:

  • we may cancel your application, or
  • we may apply an exclusion period to your application.

Your driving record

Your driving record is taken into consideration. This helps us assess your attitude to road laws and traffic rules, and your compliance. 

Poor results may result in your application being found unsuitable.

Exclusion periods

An exclusion period is a length of time where you will be unable to submit an application to Victoria Police. 

There are exclusion periods that apply if you have a finding of guilt for certain offences or crimes. 

Exclusion periods apply to offences committed in any Australian state or territory. They also apply to offences committed in other countries.

We may impose an exclusionary period for any of the following:

  • recorded family violence incidents
  • prior drug use or possession
  • disciplinary action whilst an employee
  • behaviour that does not reflect our organisational values.

Past criminal offences and findings of guilt

A finding of guilt in your past may affect your application. 

A finding of guilt includes the following offences and actions:

  • convictions
  • cautions
  • diversions
  • good behaviour bonds
  • without-conviction findings.

Full list of guidelines and exclusion periods

There are specific guidelines and exclusion periods for different offences.

Questions and Voluntary Disclosure Form

If you are still unsure about your eligibility due to a prior offence, please complete and submit a Voluntary Disclosure Form (VDF).

Voluntary Disclosure Form 2024
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Include any offences in your history, including those that were committed as a juvenile. 

The VDF allows us to assess your eligibility before you submit your application. We will check your history on all Victoria Police, interstate and associated agency databases. 

This process will take between one to four weeks. We will then let you know if you are eligible to apply for a role with Victoria Police.

This completed form should be emailed to the Victoria Police Recruitment Team at

If you have further questions, get in touch with the Recruiting Services Branch on (03) 8335 5400, from 8am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.