The Recruitment Process


    All policing roles involve a detailed recruitment process. To give you an idea of what’s ahead, these are the recruitment stages all applicants will experience:

    1. Application Process
    2. Eligibility Checks
    3. Entrance Exam
    4. Background Checks
    5. Video Interview
    6. Fitness Test
    7. Psych Testing
    8. Health Checks
    9. Comprehensive Checks
    10. Panel Interview
    11. Candidate Pool

    The recruitment process will generally take anywhere between 6 - 9 months, so we urge you to start preparing now! The quicker you book your exam and return your medical and other documentation, the faster your application can progress.

    We encourage you to download the free exam info booklet and start training for the fitness test by downloading the free POLICE FIT app from Google Play or the App Store today!

    There is a different recruitment process for each role.

     

    Note:  Victoria Police monitors various blog/chat sites to ensure the advice being provided is correct. Whilst we encourage a community approach to preparing for the application process and the team atmosphere that this promotes, we expect common sense to prevail.  Recent examples sharing verbatim interview questions has raised serious concerns about the integrity of the recruitment process and the judgement of those involved.  Please be advised, applicants are assessed throughout the process and similar judgement calls will be examined critically as part of the overall suitability assessment.

    In addition, we regularly the modify recruitment process content, which renders specific examples irrelevant soon after sharing.

    General requirements

    Whichever role you decide on, you’ll need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

    • 18 years of age or over
    • Australian citizenship or permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship with special category visa
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) standard
    • Good character and reputation
    • First Aid certificate

    Work Experience

    We expect to see all Police and PSO applicants, irrespective of age, in some form of paid employment (full-time or part-time) at the time of application and throughout the recruitment process.

    The types of employment preferred are those that provide customer facing exposure to a cross-section of the general public e.g. hospitality, retail and customer service industries. This provides applicants with work examples that are relevant to the policing role which involves dealing with people of all walks of life in situations of elevated stress.

     

    Applying after a period of full time parenting

    If you are returning to work after a period of full time parenting for more than 4 years, it is recommended that you secure some part-time customer facing work experience before applying so that you can provide recent work examples during the recruitment process. If you have been away been away from the workforce for less than 4 years, your work experience prior to undertaking parenting responsibilities will be sufficient.

     

    Applying straight after high school

    Not every 18 year old will be ready to apply, but those who make great officers are gathering life experience while they are in high school.
    We do not require pre-requisite subject selection, however any subjects that develop communication skills, languages and fitness are very useful.

    The following suggestions will help younger applicants develop the life experience we expect to see in our applicants.

    • Part-time work experience in a customer service environment - provides exposure to people from all walks of life and develops communication, teamwork and conflict resolution skills
    • Volunteer experience - develops community mindedness and communication skills
    • Sporting club experience - develops teamwork, communication and leadership skills and a healthy level of fitness which is required for the job.
    • Overseas travel - exposure to other cultures, religions, languages and fosters independence and assertiveness.

    Note: If you are intending on applying once reaching the age of 18 having attained your high school VCE or VCAL, we strongly recommend that you seek to increase your customer service paid work to full time hours while going through the recruitment process.

    Specific requirements for each role

    • Police Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take  6 months or more
    • Applications are open all year round
    • BMI = 27.5 or less
    • If you’re under 21 years of age, you’ll need a VCE/VCAL or equivalent
    • Australian drivers licence (manual or automatic)
    • Must undertake an oath or affirmation, acknowledging the legal and social responsibilities associated with the role.
    • PSO Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take 6 months or more
    • Applications open all year round
    • BMI = 27.5 or less
    • If under 21 years of age, you’ll need a VCE/VCAL or equivalent
    • PSOs with a minimum of 2 years’ service can apply to become Police Officers via the Constable Qualifying Program
    • Must undertake an oath or affirmation, acknowledging the legal and social responsibilities associated with the role.
    • PCO Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take 6 months or more
    • BMI = 30 or less
    • Require a working with Children card (employment)
    • Driver’s licence (manual or automatic)
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