The on-line Police application form is accessed via the Jobs.NSW web site.
A number of mandatory documents will be required to be scanned and uploaded with your on-line application, this allows for applications to be processed efficiently by the Recruitment Branch. These documents must be certified as true and correct by a Justice of the Peace. See Tips for Scanning and Uploading Documents.
- If you have not already completed the Police Entrance Exam you may choose to do so at this stage, this will assist the recruitment branch in progressing your application as quickly as possible.
- If you have a current application with another Australian Law Enforcement jurisdiction for employment as a sworn officer/member, you will not be eligible to apply.
Processing your police application
Upon receipt of a correctly completed application, you will be allocated a Recruitment Branch Case Officer. The Case Officer will contact you to review the application, mandatory documents and information provided in your police application.
At this stage, your Recruitment Branch case officer will conduct a review of your traffic and driving history and any criminal history information. Further background and associated vetting processes will be undertaken during this stage of the police recruitment process.
Your case officer will be responsible for managing your application through the entirety of the recruitment process and is your point of contact for follow-up queries and to notify us if your circumstances have changed.
Body Art & Modification Policy
From 2014 all NSW Police Force recruits as part of the Police (professional suitability) Application process will need to satisfy the body art and body modifications standards as outlined in the policy document. Enquiries relating to the Body Art & Modification Policy should be directed to the NSW Police Recruitment Branch on 1800 222 122.
There are a number of mandatory documents required to be scanned and uploaded with your on-line Police application, this allows for applications to be processed efficiently by the Police Recruitment Branch.
Your documents must be copied and certified as true copies by a Justice of the Peace prior to being scanned and uploaded with your on-line application.
- University Certificate in Workforce Essentials award and academic transcript (to be uploaded or supplied upon completion)
- Academic transcripts or certificates relating to any other tertiary, higher education or vocational qualifications
- Police Entrance Exam or previous VETASSESS assessment sucessful completion results (if applicable)
- Application Declaration & Consent form
- Australian citizenship certificate/permanent residency visa documents (birth certificate, passport, citizenship documents etc)
- Overseas Penal 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)
- Interstate driving/traffic history report (if applicable - complete history)
Remember you cannot lodge your on-line application without your mandatory documents. Incomplete applications will be rejected and not processed.
Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency
Applicants seeking to join the NSW Police Force must be either Australian citizens (by birth, naturalisation or citizenship) or have a current Australian permanent resident visa.
This includes providing information and supporting documentation about an applicant’s citizenship or permanent residency status at the time the on-line police application is submitted.
If you were born in Australia, whether you are an Australian citizen by birth depends on the date of your birth. Most police applicants born in Australia before 20 August 1986 are Australian citizen by birth. Applicants born after this date are only Australian citizens if at least one parent was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of their birth.
The table below is a guide for the requirements for applicants to evidence their Australian citizenship or permanent residency status.
|Applicant born in Australia||Applicant born overseas|
20 August 1986
|Born on or after|
20 August 1986
|Granted Australian Citizenship||Hold a current Australian Permanent residency visa|
and one (1) of the following:
For information on locating a Justice of the Peace:
For information on applying for an overseas penal clearance certificate:
Aquatic Rescue Sequence
The aquatic rescue sequence is designed to test an applicants ability to enter the water safely and demonstrate the ability to effect a rescue.
The test must be supervised and assessed by a fully licensed AUSTSWIM teacher. Details of participating AUSTSWIM accredited centres can be found by visiting the AUSTSWIM web site.
The test is valid for 5 years from the date you pass the test.
Please note: If you are not a competent swimmer or unsure if you would meet the Aquatic Rescue standard you are advised to attempt the test prior to lodging your Police application. You may be advised to undertake swimming lessons if required.
Keyboarding Skills Certificate
You are required to obtain a Keyboard Skills certificate with a pass mark of 25 wpm and 98% accuracy. You can obtain the required certificate from any TAFE college, a recruitment/employment/agency or Business College. To find a provider which suits your circumstances, please conduct a search on the internet. You must ensure that the organisation you choose meets the Australian Standard AS2708-2001.
Certificates obtained via online testing will not be accepted unless the test has been conducted in a supervised environment as per Australian Standard requirements. Webcam access together with an active printer and photo identification is generally required to undertake an online typing test.
The only on-line skills testing organisation approved by the Police Recruitment Branch is Challenge Consulting.
Please contact the NSW Police Recruitment Branch should further information be required.
All costs associated with obtaining a Keyboarding Skills certificate are the responsibility of the applicant.
The test is valid for 5 years from the date you pass the test.
Provide First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003)
There are numerous registered training organisations (RTO's) which provide the required Provide First Aid (course code HLTAID003) + Pocket Mask Certificate for your NSW Police Force application. The Certification must have a minimum of 12 months currency at the time of submission to the Recruitment Branch.
Please ensure that the pocket mask is either included in the course or you may have to complete an additional course component. Certification of competency in the use of a pocket mask must be endorsed on a certificate provided by the registered training organisation.
Please conduct a search on the internet to obtain the provider which suits you.
The previous Apply First Aid (course code HLTFA311A) will still be accepted provided that it has a minimum of 12 months currency at the time of submission to the Recruitment Branch.
All costs associated with obtaining a First Aid certificate are the responsibility of the applicant.
There are 3 options to provide these documents:
- Photocopies certified true and correct by a Justice of the Peace. Scanned and uploaded with the on-line professional suitability police application.
- Photocopies certified true and correct by a Justice of the Peace. Scanned and emailed to your Police Recruitment Branch Case Officer.
- Photocopies certified 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 these certificates. Certificates not received by this stage will result in the application being rejected.