A career as a police officer with the NSW Police Force is highly competitive.
The NSW Police Force recruits, selects and trains future police officers through a collaborative arrangement with Charles Sturt University. Consequently, both the NSW Police Force and Charles Sturt University requires potential applicants to provide information and supporting documentation as part of our process to join the NSW Police Force. Successful applicants will progress to the eligibility pool and will be selected for a place in our recruit training program, the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP), based on our competitive ranking system.
The number of applicants progressing to each recruitment phase will be dependent on future places in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice and are determined by the future operational needs of the NSW Police Force. There are generally three intakes per year in January, May and September.
If you intend applying for a future career with the NSW Police Force the process/requirements include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Charles Sturt University on-line application / academic assessment
- On-line professional suitability application
- Extensive police background vetting
- Consent to provide fingerprints, handprints and a mouth swab (buccal swab) for criminal vetting processes
- Consent to comply with a range of NSW Police Force polices and guidelines
- Literacy / reasoning assessment
- General practitioner clearance and completion of a physical fitness assessment
- Full medical assessment and psychological screening
- Face to face interview
- Provision of keyboarding skills, first aid and aquatic rescue sequence certificates
The NSW Police Force recruitment process may include long waiting periods and there is no guarantee an applicant will be offered a position with the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
Police applicants will be invited to progress to each stage of the NSW Police Force recruitment process and will be scored and ranked based on the following areas:
- Academic qualifications;
- Literacy / reasoning assessment; and
- Face to face interview.
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Mandatory Entry RequirementsIf you are considering a career as a police officer with the NSW Police Force you must be:
- a minimum of 18 years and 4 months of age
- have a clear driving behaviour record and received no driving offences for 12 months prior to submitting your professional suitability application with the NSW Police Force
- as a minimum, hold a current NSW Green Provisional or equivalent interstate motor vehicle drivers licence
- an Australian citizen/permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen with Special Category Visa
- meet the requirements of the Body Art and Body Modification Policy. This policy document is publicly available at -
Stage 1 - Academic eligibility assessment with Charles Sturt University
Apply to Charles Sturt University for entry into the Associate Degree in Policing Practice. The Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) is the collaborative recruit training program delivered jointly by the NSW Police Force and Charles Sturt University.
Charles Sturt University will assess and rank your qualifications against their basic academic requirements.
Stage 2 - Lodge an on-line Police Application (professional suitability)
When you receive your student number, you can lodge your on-line Police Application (professional suitability application).
You have two (2) months to lodge your Police Application (professional suitability). The time period commences when Charles Sturt University notifies you of your successful academic assessment.
The web-link for the on-line Police Application will be available from Friday 31 January 2014.
You must complete the Charles Sturt University Admissions process (Stage 1) before lodging an on-line professional suitability application with jobs.nsw.
There are a number of mandatory documents required with your on-line Police application which allow for applications to be processed efficiently by the Police Recruitment Branch.
Your documents (see list of examples below) must be copied and certified as true copies by a Justice of the Peace:
- Full Birth certificate
- Australian citizenship/permanent residency (for applicants born overseas)
- Certified Driving Record (Transport, Roads and Maritime Services NSW or interstate equivalent)
- Special category Visa (NZ applicants only)
- Overseas Criminal Clearance Certificate - If you have lived overseas for longer than 12 months over the age of 16 you must provide an overseas criminal clearance certificate
- Change of name information (if applicable)
For information on obtaining a certified driving record for NSW residents - follow this link:
For information on locating a Justice of the Peace - follow these links:
For information on applying for an overseas criminal clearance certificate - follow this link:
Remember – you cannot lodge your on-line application without your mandatory documents. Incomplete applications will be rejected and not processed
Processing your police application
Once we receive your on-line police application and mandatory documents you will be allocated a Police Recruitment Branch Case Officer. Your Case Officer will be in contact with you to review your application, your mandatory documents and the information you provide in your police application.
At this stage, the Police Recruitment Branch will conduct a review of your traffic and driving history and any criminal history information. Additional background and associated vetting procedures will be undertaken further into the police recruitment process.
Your Case Officer will be responsible for managing your application through the entirety of the recruitment process. They are also your point of contact for follow-up queries and to notify us if your circumstances have changed.
Stage 3 - Literacy / Reasoning AssessmentSelected applicants will be notified when they are eligible for this assessment.
You are not able to undertake this assessment until you are notified by the Police Recruitment Branch.
Our literacy and reasoning assessments will be available through an external provider. The assessments have a minimum pass mark and the outcome of your assessment will contribute to your ranking score.
NSW Police Force applicants will be able to undertake this supervised assessment at six (6) locations across NSW.
- Broadway (Sydney)
- Wagga Wagga
- Coffs Harbour
Selected applicants will be notified of when they are eligible to undertake the literacy / reasoning assessments.
Applicants are required to meet the costs of literacy and reasoning assessments.
Stage 4 – Detailed Background ChecksApplications successfully passing through Stage 3 Literacy / Reasoning Assessment will proceed to further processing including detailed background vetting, employment checks and a more thorough investigation of your history.
During this stage a Field Based Interview will be conducted at your place of residence and further assessment of your suitability for policing will be made.
Stage 5 Physical Capacity AssessmentHealth clearance
Prior to testing you will be provided with a Physical Capacity testing kit to take to your General Practitioner (GP) to complete. The GP will assess your capacity to undertake the physical capacity testing and certify your fitness to undertake maximal exercise. This certification will only be valid for a limited time from the date of the GP assessment.
Selected applicants will be notified when they are eligible to undertake this assessment.
Applicants are not able to undertake a health clearance until notified by the Police Recruitment Branch.
Applicants are required to meet the cost of this health clearance.
Physical Capacity Assessment
Once we receive your General Practitioner clearance you will be notified by the Recruitment Branch to attend a physical capacity assessment. Be prepared to undertake the test at any time from the commencement of your application.
Applicants will be given two (2) opportunities to attend and successfully complete all elements.
We are currently developing opportunities for the physical capacity assessments to occur at selected regional centres for applicants residing in regional locations. Please continue to revisit our site for announcements.
Instructional videos of the physical capacity assessments are available on youtube via the following link - Police Recruitment Fitness Videos on YOUTUBE
Stage 6 - Medical AssessmentSuccessful applicants will be notified when they are eligible to attend this assessment and will be provided with a medical assessment application to complete. The full medical assessment ensures you are fit to undertake the inherent role and functions of a police officer. The medical assessment is conducted by an external provider.
Applicants are not able to undertake a full medical assessment until notified by the Police Recruitment Branch.
Applicants are required to meet the cost of a full medical assessment, including any specialist reports.
Further information on our full medical assessment will be provided over the coming weeks. Please continue to visit our site for updates.
Stage 7 - Face to Face InterviewSuccessful applicants will be required to sit a face-to-face interview with an interview panel.
Interviews will be conducted by three (3) panel members and will provide an opportunity for the NSW Police Force to assess applicants against these core qualities:
Further information relating to the interview process, including metropolitan and regional locations, will be posted over the coming weeks.
Stage 8 Eligibility PoolSuccessful applicants will be ranked and placed into the eligibility pool to await an offer to commence the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
Due to the competitive nature of the recruitment process, entry into the eligibility pool is not a guarantee of entry into the ADPP.
What are the additional mandatory certificates you must provide?
We require applicants to provide current certificates for the following qualifications:
- Keyboarding Skills Certificate - evidence of achieving the minimum typing standard of 25 words per minute with 98% accuracy
- Apply First Aid + Pocket Mask Certificate - Evidence of completion of this qualification must be current at the time of lodging your professional suitability (within 12 months). Most first aid qualifications must be renewed every 12 months - successful applicants must ensure they renew their first aid qualifications so they are current at all times during the application and future training period of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice
Aquatic Rescue Sequence Certificate - The aquatic rescue sequence assessment can be undertaken at any approved AustSwim Centre. To undertake this assessment please download the following document - Aquatic Rescue Sequence Information Pack
Aquatic Rescue Sequence video:
To locate an accredited AustSwim Centre - follow this link:
There are three (3) options to provide these additional certificates:
- Photocopies which have been certified as true and correct by a Justice of the Peace, scanned and uploaded with the on-line professional suitability application.
- Photocopies which have been certified as true and correct by a Justice of the Peace, scanned and emailed to your Police Recruitment Branch Case Officer.
- Photocopies which have been certified as true and correct by a Justice of the Peace, handed to the Interview Panel during the face to face interview process. This is the final opportunity to provide the mandatory certificates.
What is the eligibility pool?Applicants who have successfully completed all requirements of our recruitment process are ranked and placed on the eligibility pool list.
The eligibility pool list is dynamic, meaning an applicant’s position in the pool will fluctuate as additional applicants are scored for inclusion into the eligibility pool AND as other applicants are selected from the eligibility pool list for an offer into the Associate Degree in Policing Practice. As a result, an applicant’s position is not fixed and may move up or down throughout the year.
What is the ranking process?All applicants will be ranked in order of merit based upon the successful outcome of individual assessments:
- Academic eligibility
- Literacy and reasoning
- Face-to-face interview
These three (3) components are scored separately. The scores are used to select specific applicants to progress to the next phase of the recruitment process by combining all three (3) scores which will provide an overall ranking for applicants in the eligibility pool list.
What are background and vetting checks?The NSW Police Recruitment Branch undertakes background and vetting checks for all prospective members of the NSW Police Force. This includes applicants providing fingerprint and palm prints, mouth (buccal) swab, local police enquiries and information disclosed by applicants and / or others.
Vetting information is used in determining whether an applicant is suitable for future appointment as a member of the NSW Police Force.
Section 96B Police Act 1990 (NSW) authorises the NSW Police Force to use vetting information. Vetting information is information of the following kind about an applicant, or about an associate or relative of an applicant:
(a) Any criminal intelligence report or other criminal information,
(b) Information held in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Register,
(c) Information held by Roads and Maritime Services relating to licences or other authorities, offences or penalties,
(d) Information held by Corrective Services NSW, Department of Attorney General and Justice,
(e) Information held by CrimTrac,
(f) Information held by a law enforcement agency,
(g) Information held by an agency of the Commonwealth or of the State or another State or Territory investigating public sector corruption,
(h) Information held by an agency of a jurisdiction outside Australia, being an agency responsible for the enforcement of laws of that jurisdiction,
(i) Information prescribed by the regulations that are held by a public authority or held by a Government agency of another jurisdiction (whether in or outside Australia).