Is there an age restriction?
Yes, you must have a Victorian Driver’s licence and be 18 years of age or older to join Victoria Police, there is no upper age restriction.
If you are under 21 years of age, you must have passed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent (Senior Level Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is accepted). There are no pre-requisite subjects and no Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank (ENTER) requirements.
If you are 21 or older, you are eligible to submit an application under mature-age entry.
I have a medical condition I wish to discuss prior to submitting an application. How do I get this assessed?
Applicants may undergo a medical examination at any stage of the application process.
If you wish to check whether your particular medical condition will affect an application for Victoria Police, please see the medical guidelines FAQs here
If you unable to find the answer in the guidelines and want to determine whether a condition may affect your capability to perform the role of a police member, you will need to fill in the Preliminary Enquiry of Medical Condition Form
To fill this form you will need to provide the following details:
- Explanation of the medical condition with as much detail as possible (i.e. attachment of medical reports)
- What medication is being taken, if any
- Date of birth
- Postal address
- Phone number/s
This form will then be assessed by the Police Medical Officer who will be able to advise you of your suitability for Victoria Police.
Please email the completed form to the Victoria Police Medical Advisory Unit at:
I have some prior offence history I wish to discuss before submitting an application. How do I get this assessed?
Certain prior criminal and driving offences represent an automatic exclusion from the recruiting process. Please examine the attached guidelines to determine your eligibility in the context of your prior history. A copy of the Prior Offence History guidelines can be downloaded here.Download Prior Offence History Guidelines.
Can I go straight to a specialised position?
If you are not sure about your eligibility after reading the guidelines, you can have your prior history assessed by submitting a Voluntary Disclosure Form. This includes instances of; domestic violence, bankruptcy and outstanding fines and warrants.
Complete the Voluntary Disclosure Form and post to Recruiting Services Branch, Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC 3005.You cannot fax or email this form and any faxed forms will be destroyed on arrival.
Please provide as much detail as possible in order for Recruitment to conduct a thorough assessment of your prior history; you will be notified within a couple of weeks of the result. A full traffic history extract can be obtained from VicRoads by phoning 13 11 71.
DOWNLOAD VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE FORM
No, you will need to gain considerable experience in general duties. This is usually a two to four-year period. Entry into specialised positions is very competitive and you will need to compete for a position.
How long is the application process?
The application process for Police Officers is very complex and given the application rates, may take up to 12 months. This period can extend if further checking or testing is required. To ensure that your application runs smoothly, please ensure that you respond to all calls and/or emails from Recruiting Services and return all paperwork at your earliest convenience.
Can I apply for a Police and Protective Services Officer (PSO) position at the same time?
No, you can only apply for one position at a time. If you wish to withdraw either your police or PSO application, please advise RSB before commencing a new application.
Can I apply if I only have my probationary licence?
You must have a current Victorian driver’s licence. If you are a probationary licence holder, a manual transmission licence is required. You need to have your manual drivers licence prior to submitting an application. Interstate applicants must obtain a Victorian driver’s licence prior to induction into the Victoria Police Academy.
How fluent do I need to be in the English language to become a Police Officer?
As a Police member, one of the fundamental skills that you will need to demonstrate is your ability to communicate well in verbal English. This means having the ability to listen and verbally communicate in English at a level that allows you to competently carry out the duties of the role in an operational context. If an applicant is identified during the process as having a possible issue in this area, they are given the opportunity to participate in a process to assess their level of verbal communication skills in the context of operational suitability and safety.
What is the difference between the Police and PSO application process?
The application process for Police is similar to the PSO application process, but there are some small variants, these include:
The entrance examination result required for Police applicants is slightly higher than the level required for a PSO.
At the fitness test stage, Police applicants will be required to complete a swim test whereas PSO applicants will not.
Do I require a manual drivers licence to apply for the role of a Police Officer?
Applicants who are on a probationary licence require a manual classification on that licence. Applicants on a full licence do not require to have a manual classification but must be proficient in driving a manual vehicle.
What is a certified copy of a document?
A certified document is a copy of a primary document, that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy. It does not certify that the primary document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the primary document. Authorised persons include but are not limited to currently serving Police Officers, registered Pharmacists, registered medical practitioners and Justice of the Peace.
Where will I be required to work as a Police Officer?
Upon appointment to Victoria Police you will be required to perform a range of shifts including afternoon, night shifts and weekends to meet policing and community needs.
I wear glasses. Can I apply?
You may also be required to perform duty at any location within Victoria as determined by Victoria Police.
Yes, but your eyesight must meet certain minimum standards.
Unaided visual acuity must be at least 6/36 (without error) in the worse eye and at least 6/18 (without error) in the better eye - if due to refractive error. Corrected distance vision of at least 6/9 in either eye and 6/6 when both eyes are used together.