All policing roles involve a detailed recruitment process. To give you an idea of what’s ahead, these are the recruitment stages all applicants will experience:
- application process
- eligibility checks
- entrance exam
- background checks
- video interview
- fitness test
- psych testing
- health checks
- comprehensive checks
- panel interview
- candidate pool
The recruitment process will generally take anywhere between six and nine months, so we urge you to start preparing now! The quicker you book your exam and return your medical and other documentation, the faster your application can progress.
We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the recruitment process and watch the recruitment videos below:
- Recruitment process - Be informed
- Recruitment process - Disclosure
- Recruitment process - Tips for success
There is a different recruitment process for each role.
- Police recruitment process
- Police custody officer recruitment process
- Protective services officer recruitment process
Note: Victoria Police monitors various blog/chat sites to ensure the advice being provided is correct. Whilst we encourage a community approach to preparing for the application process and the team atmosphere that this promotes, we expect common sense to prevail. Recent examples sharing verbatim interview questions has raised serious concerns about the integrity of the recruitment process and the judgement of those involved. Please be advised, applicants are assessed throughout the process and similar judgement calls will be examined critically as part of the overall suitability assessment.
In addition, we regularly modify recruitment process content, which renders specific examples irrelevant soon after sharing.
Whichever role you decide on, you’ll need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:
- 18 years of age or over
- Australian citizenship or permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship with special category visa
- body mass index (BMI) standard
- good character and reputation
- first aid certificate
We expect to see all Police and PSO applicants, irrespective of age, in some form of paid employment (full time or part time) at the time of application and throughout the recruitment process.
The types of employment preferred are those that provide customer facing exposure to a cross-section of the general public, eg. hospitality, retail and customer service industries. This provides applicants with work examples that are relevant to the policing role which involves dealing with people of all walks of life in situations of elevated stress.
Applying after a period of full-time parenting
If you are returning to work after a period of full-time parenting for more than four years, it is recommended that you secure some part-time customer facing work experience before applying so that you can provide recent work examples during the recruitment process.
If you have been away been away from the workforce for less than four years, your work experience prior to undertaking parenting responsibilities will be sufficient.
Applying straight after high school
Not every 18-year-old will be ready to apply, but those who make great officers are gathering life experience while they are in high school.
We do not require pre-requisite subject selection, however any subjects that develop communication skills, languages and fitness are very useful.
The following suggestions will help younger applicants develop the life experience we expect to see in our applicants.
- part-time work experience in a customer service environment – provides exposure to people from all walks of life and develops communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills
- volunteer experience – develops community mindedness and communication skills
- sporting club experience – develops teamwork, communication and leadership skills and a healthy level of fitness which is required for the jo.
- overseas travel – exposure to other cultures, religions, languages and fosters independence and assertiveness
If you are intending on applying once reaching the age of 18 having attained your high school VCE or VCAL, we strongly recommend that you seek to increase your customer service paid work to full time hours while going through the recruitment process.
Specific requirements for each role
Reviewed 20 October 2019