About to finish high school or just finished VCE and feel like you are made for more? Or know someone who is?
Victoria Police offers an exciting career path, paid training and heaps of benefits for school leavers and graduates.
More challenges, more purpose, more possibilities
No two days are ever the same at Victoria Police, and you can apply as soon as you graduate high school.
Life as a police officer
As a police officer you will:
- , including pay entitlements and salary progression
- experience the unique world of policing, every day you work
- be part of a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve
- make a real difference to the community
- have the option to
- make lifelong friends throughout both your training and your career
- be able to apply for an after just 2-4 years.
Big benefits from your first day
Aside from your exciting and rewarding career, you'll get:
- a generous salary
- nine weeks of recreation leave every single year
- shift penalties and allowances on top of your base salary
- extra tax breaks and benefits in .
Victoria Police Real Stories: Constable Katie Walker
Katie joined Victoria Police only nine months after finishing high school.
Earn while you learn
Initial training takes 31 weeks, and you're paid to train and learn from your very first day.
After you are sworn in at the end of week 12, as a Probationary Constable, you will earn $75,604 (plus allowances).
Apply straight after high school
No need to wait a few years after VCE - the earlier you apply the sooner you'll start your police career.
School leavers do not need a prerequisite VCE subject selection.
But do bear in mind some subjects are more useful in your application, such as:
- communication skills
- and fitness.
If you're about to leave high school and want to become a police officer, here are some tips on what we look for.
Work experience in a customer service environment
Example: working at McDonald's.
What it shows us: That you have communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills.
Example: working at the local surf lifesaving club or community centre.
What it shows us: you have community mindedness and communication skills.
Sporting club experience
Example: playing for a local sports team.
What it shows us: that you have teamwork, communication and leadership skills and a healthy level of fitness.
Example: a gap year or extended trip.
What it shows us: exposure to other cultures, religions, languages and fosters independence and assertiveness.
We recommend customer service work to improve your chance of success in the recruitment process.
No need for a degree
There are no educational requirements to become a police officer. This includes ATAR and VCE prerequisites.
If you have a relevant bachelor’s degree, you may be exempt from sitting the police entrance exam.
Automatic driver's licenses are okay
You do not need to have a manual driver's license to apply to be a police officer.
You have to have an Australian Driver Licence, and it doesn't matter if it is manual or automatic.
A probationary licence is also accepted.
Other career options at Victoria Police
Life as a police officer not for you? There are heaps of other options at Victoria Police, such as:
- Life as a with flexibility and good work-life balance.
- The crucial role of a in the management and welfare of people in custody.
- The invaluable assistance to both the frontline and community any of our roles offer.
Apply to be a police officer
Are you made for more? Take the first step in your exciting new career.
Reviewed 04 December 2023