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Salary and benefits of police officers

Learn about the salary and benefits available to police officers, including allowances, leave and flexible working arrangements.

A career as a police officer offers excellent work benefits, including a great salary and superannuation package. You will be paid to train and learn as a recruit from day one in the Victoria Police Academy.


As a recruit you will earn $53,156 per annum, during the first 12 weeks of training at the Academy.

After you are sworn in at the end of week 12 as a Probationary Constable, you will earn $73,026 as you continue training for a further 19 weeks, both at the Academy and on the job at a police station.

Allowances and leave

Additional shift penalties and overtime payments will apply.

Your salary progression is based on a yearly performance development assessment as per the Victoria Police Force Enterprise Agreement.

As a sworn member of Victoria Police, you will be entitled to nine weeks leave per year.

In addition, police officers are entitled to 15 days of sick leave per year and a range of other leave entitlements, including:

  • parental leave
  • study leave
  • long-service leave of three months on full-pay, or six months on half-pay after 10 years of service. It is possible to access your accrued long service leave on a pro-rata basis after seven years of service.

Flexible working arrangements

Victoria Police provides its employees with reasonable flexibility in working arrangements where operational and service delivery priorities allow, accommodating their personal circumstances. The Fair Work Act 2009 indicates that an employee, other than a casual, must complete 12 months continuous service with the employer immediately before making a request for flexible working arrangements, ie. part-time.

Reviewed 30 June 2021

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