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Victorian Public Service employees – about the role

Learn about working for Victoria Police as Victorian Public Service employee.

Being employed with Victoria Police means you have the opportunity to contribute and make a difference to the community. Help us meet our objective to deliver a safer Victoria in conjunction with our partners as we work to:

  • ensure a safe and secure society through law enforcement - investigating crime and prosecuting offenders
  • provide community assistance and education
  • implement crime prevention strategies
  • collaborate with other government departments and agencies, and the local community

As an employee, you will be helping to drive and support the strategic initiatives of the organisation. You can do this by assisting in providing frontline police members with the necessary resources to operate day-to-day activities to provide a safer Victoria.

You will be entitled to the many benefits of working for the Victorian Government and with a fantastic organisation that is Victoria Police.


Employees working within Victoria Police are bound by the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020.  All Salary levels and increment levels are listed from page 107 of the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement.

Salary progressions are based on a yearly Performance Development Assessment as per the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020. This online database forms the basis for all Victoria Police VPS employees’ progression criteria and subsequent raise in increment.


We appreciate that everyone has different needs and responsibilities, so at Victoria Police we offer a wide range of flexible working arrangements including part-time employment, carers' leave, family leave, compassionate leave, flexible working hours, leave without pay, paternity and maternity leave.

Our core business hours apply between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, however flexible working hours can be negotiated with your manager.

Conditions of employment for support staff are governed by the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020.

Conditions of employment based on a standard working week of 38 hours, include four weeks recreational leave, 17.5% leave loading, standard sick leave and long service leave entitlements.


At Victoria Police, we pride ourselves in providing career development and training to our employees. We value and encourage diversity in our workforce and are committed to empowering you to achieve your full potential. We offer broad and diverse positions, from working with recruits to analysis of data and crime trends.

Victoria Police are a progressive organisation, and we are focused on staff development for our employees. We offer a range of developmental opportunities including part-time and full-time study leave arrangements when they align to business needs. We encourage the broadening of skills, as well as knowledge-sharing across the department or secondments to other government departments with regular internal advertisements.

We are committed to best practice people management and equal opportunity employment. We have a culture of openness, organisational learning, high performance teamwork, high trust, high personal ethics and accountability.

Having implemented a range of initiatives, we ensure our staff can:

  • contribute and are recognised and rewarded for their contributions
  • have access to developmental opportunities
  • feel they are in a safe, supportive and challenging working environment

Work experience, tertiary placements and employment scheme

Victoria Police participates in employment programs and pathways to assist students, young individuals and diversity cohorts in gaining learning opportunities and employment within the organisation.

- Victoria Police participates in the following employment programs:

- Work Experience Program (secondary)

- Tertiary Placement Program (tertiary)

- GRADS Program

- YES traineeship

An overview on each of these programs and how to participate, please see the information provided below.

For details about the four roles available within Victoria Police download the career paths flyer.

Victoria Police Work Experience Program (secondary students)

Program Overview:

The Victoria Police Work Experience Program provides a fantastic opportunity for high school students considering a career within Victoria Police.

Students are placed at participating police stations and divisions where they will have the opportunity to observe and learn from our police officers, Protective Services Officers, Protective Custody Officers and VPS personnel.

Who can participate:

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age at the time of placement and completing Year 10 or above. Placements are only offered to those students studying Year 10, 11 or 12.

Placement Information:

Placements are available from March until November each year. Placements outside these times will not be arranged.

Placements take place for one week only (five consecutive business days). Placements cannot be scheduled during a week that contains a public holiday.

Placement intakes are run via a ballot process, the first intake is for Term 1-2, then the second intake is for Term 3-4.

How to Participate:

Registrations are to be submitted by careers teachers only. Careers teachers registered for the program will receive a survey for an intake and register their school, not nominating a student at this stage.

Schools with multiple campuses across various suburbs may register per campus. Victoria Police run a ballot process on the registered schools for each intake, not on a nominated student. If a school is advised they’re successful in the ballot for an intake, they will then be asked to nominate their preferred student.

If you’re successful in the first intake (Term 1-2), those school won’t be able to register for the next intake (Term 3-4) of that same year. One student per school, per year applies to this program.

Careers teachers can register to receive communications around registrations and upcoming intakes by emailing

Applications are not to be submitted directly to any police station or Victoria Police department; no placements will be arranged outside of this program.

Successful students will be required to attend a fingerprinting appointment in due course.

Further instructions on this process will be provided to careers teachers directly.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the above information or if you would like more information regarding the program, please email us directly at:

Our Work Experience Coordinator will respond to your enquiry in a timely manner. If you would like to know if your school is on our distribution list, or if you would like to update/change your schools contact information, please feel free to contact us.


Tertiary Placement Program (tertiary students)

Program Overview:

The aim of the Tertiary Placement Program (TPP) is the personal and professional development of the tertiary student through practical experience, ongoing support, and challenges that are received from the Placement Tutor. Placements are to provide opportunities for tertiary students to develop their abilities, and to gain confidence as a result. Placements in this program run for up to 3 months and require students to meet the following eligibility requirements:

- currently in tertiary studies,

- have a compulsory placement requirement as part of their tertiary studies,

- have appropriate insurance coverage (provided by tertiary provider), and

- be either an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.

How to gain a placement:

All placements are arranged directly between the student and the station or division that will host the placement. 

Victoria Police will try to accommodate TPP requests however unfortunately it is not always possible. The decision if a student is able to participate in a placement falls to the Officer in Charge /division head of the station/division.

For more information or if you have had your placement approved to proceed please contact our Tertiary Placement Coordinator on

Graduate recruitment scheme

Victoria Police participates in the VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS).

VPS GRADS is a comprehensive development scheme that offers graduates work experiences with variety, opportunity and challenge. VPS GRADS is managed centrally by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) on behalf of VPS departments and agencies.

The scheme is made up of six streams:

- Generalist
- Accounting and Finance
- Economic Consultancy
- Data Analytics
- Project Delivery
- Law and Legal

Throughout the GRADS year, graduates participate in compulsory learning, development and assessments designed to induct graduates into government employment and up skill them for their career in the public service.

For further information on how to apply for the GRADS program please visit -


Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

The YES Program is a component of the State Government's suite of workforce participation programs, which aim to strengthen Victorian industries and communities by increasing workforce participation, particularly by assisting people facing significant barriers to employment.

Eligibility criteria – trainees must:

be aged between 15-24 years at the commencement of the trainee-ship

be unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week

not currently engaged in tertiary education

have not attained a certificate 4 or above qualification

For more information about the YES Program please visit the Youth Central website.

Alternatively, contact the Employment Programs Team at Department of Justice via email:

Victoria Police does not offer volunteer work.

Volunteer work

Victoria Police does not offer volunteer work.


Victoria Police does not offer internships.

Reviewed 21 July 2021

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