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Training at the academy

Victoria Police Academy

The Victoria Police Academy conducts training for Police, Protective Services Officers and Police Custody Officers and specialist training in areas including – crime investigation, road policing investigation, crime scene investigation, family violence response, operational tactics, physical fitness and driver education. 

The Academy is located on a 16-hectare site and hosts state of the art learning facilities such as the Hydra training environment, a virtual reality operational training space, scenario-based training village, self-defence training rooms, weapons ranges along with IT rooms, a library, lecture theatres and classrooms.   To further enhance our students experience the Academy also has amenities including a café, gymnasium, basketball court, athletics track, Olympic size swimming pool, accommodation, a chapel and a multi-faith reflection room.   

The Academy prides itself in developing the skills, capabilities and confidence of our people to professionally lead and serve the community.  The training provided at the Academy is stimulating and challenging and hard work and willingness to embrace opportunities will be essential for the gaining of rewards that will come from this commitment.

The Academy Smoking Policing designates all areas of the Victoria Police Academy smoke-free for employees, except for two nominated smoking points. This applied to all employees, visitors and contractors while on the Academy premises. Smoking will only be permitted during designated breaks at the nominated smoking points.

What to expect

Your journey to becoming part of Victoria Police begins at the Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley. While you will be paid from day one of your training, you’ll need dedication and commitment to succeed in this structured training environment. Academy hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:10pm and your days will include classroom based theory lessons, practical and physical training.

We believe reward comes from effort, and you can expect this to be an intense and demanding period of your life where you may need support from family and friends; they need to understand the demands that will be placed on your time during this period. You may also need to undertake additional study at night and maintain your fitness levels.

While the Academy can be challenging, you will receive plenty of support from your lecturers, trainers and fellow recruits. In fact, the friendships formed during your time at the Academy are often significant and long lasting. Many of our members still maintain and rely on friendships that were forged years ago during their time at the Academy.

Graduation day can be one of the most satisfying experiences in your career and your family is invited to join you in celebrating your achievement.

Living in at the Academy

The Victoria Police Academy has the capacity to accommodate 286 students across 216 rooms spread amongst four residential buildings.   You are not required to live-in at the Academy during your training period.   In allocating accommodation, students living outside a 30 km radius are given preference over those residing within this zone.

Recruits residing within the Academy during their training period will be required to pay a fee which is currently set at $482.20 per fortnight and includes meals and accommodation (current until 30/6/19).   Live in students may be eligible for a Living Away From Home allowance (pursuant to Clause 97 of the Victoria Police Force Enterprise Agreement 2015)

Training and salary for each role

Reviewed 26 July 2019