Professional Mobility Program

If you’re currently a police officer in Australia or New Zealand, you can now join the NSW Police Force and continue your career living in New South Wales.

Applications are now open for the Professional Mobility Program. The program allows for current serving police officers from other jurisdictions to train and become a police officer in NSW.

There’s a number of benefits including:

  • Get the training you need – we’ll provide a 12 week training program at the Goulburn Police Academy to help you transfer your skills and knowledge to working in NSW.
  • Be paid to train – if you’re accepted into the program, you’ll be paid from the start of your training.
  • Get help with relocation costs – whether it’s a treechange or seachange, or moving with your family, we’ll provide help with the costs of relocating.
  • Keep your rank – you can have your existing rank recognised, up to a Senior Constable level.
  • Know where you’ll work – you can identify the locations you would like to work in and know where you’ll be placed at the time of your offer into the program.

Being a police officer in NSW gives you the opportunity to work in diverse locations, ranging from city to rural communities, with varied experiences, challenges and opportunities.

Working with the NSW Police Force also opens up new career paths, to further your skills in specialist commands.

Find out more about the Professional Mobility Program, or complete the form below. Our team will be in touch and can guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.

PMP Application Form

Stage 1: Eligibility

Minimum length of service

Generally, professional mobility applicants are required to have served a minimum of one-year full time service, not including probationary period, to be considered eligible.

Applications will only be considered from current serving police officers from an Australian or New Zealand policing jurisdiction.

Stage 2: Pre-application requirements

Required documents

Prior to submitting your application, you will need to collect a number of required documents which must be uploaded with your application.

These include:

  • PMP application form
  • declaration and consent form (PDF)
  • birth certificate
  • change of name certificate (if required)
  • Evidence of residing in a residence each year for the last five years (this may include rental receipt, utility bill, Council rates for every year you lived in the premises)
  • citizenship documents
  • interstate driving history report (only if you currently or have previously held a drivers license outside NSW)
  • overseas penal clearance certificate (If you have resided overseas for more than 1 year whilst over the age of 16)
  • National Security Vetting Certificate (baseline, NV1, NV2) if granted

Your documents must be copied and certified as true copies by an authorised person prior to being scanned and uploaded with your on-line application.

Body Art (tattoo) & Body Modification Policy

If you have body art (tattoos) or body modifications on the head, face, neck or hands please contact the Recruitment Branch before lodging your application. The Police Recruitment Branch can assist with assessing your eligibility.

Examples of prohibited body art locations

Tattoo images

Stage 3: Application submission & processing

Submitting your application

The application is a part of a detailed vetting process that assists the Recruitment Branch in determining your professional suitability for employment as a NSW Police officer.

  • It is important that you carefully read each section of the application form and take time to answer the questions in an open and honest manner. Failure to disclose important information may result in your application being rejected.

Processing your application

  • Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be allocated to the PMP case manager. The case manager will be your point of contact throughout the application process
  • Your case manager will conduct a review of your eligibility and a wide range of background and reference checks including probity, national baseline vetting, medical and employment checks with your home jurisdiction
  • During this stage you will be invited to undertake fitness testing, psychometric testing , medical assessment and fingerprinting.
  • These assessments will take place at a Sydney based location over a two day  period.

Stage 4: Fitness, Psychometric & Medical testing

During the recruitment process applicants will be required to travel to a Sydney based location for the purpose of fitness, medical and psychometric testing and fingerprinting.

Physical Capacity testing

During the recruitment process you will be required to undertake and pass a series of fitness tests.

The tests assess your ability to cope with the physical stresses encountered during training at the Police Academy and whilst performing the inherent roles of an operational Police Officer.

Psychometric testing

All applicants who apply to join the NSW Police Force must complete psychometric assessment to review their psychological suitability for the role of a NSW Police Officer.

Following this assessment, you may be asked to attend an interview with a NSW Police Force psychologist to clarify the results of the assessment.

No preparation is required prior to the assessment and full instructions will be provided on the testing day.

Medical assessment

As part of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake a medical assessment to ensure you are medically fit to perform the inherent role and functions of a NSW Police Officer.

The assessment will be conducted by the external provider Unified Healthcare Group (UHG). Applicants will not be able to undertake the medical assessment until notified by the Police Recruitment Branch.

All costs associated with the medical assessment, including any specialist medical reports, are the responsibility of the applicant.

Stage 5: Placement & Relocation expenses


As part of their application, officers seeking professional mobility are required to nominate five preferred Police Area Commands or Police Districts within NSW for their placement.

Successful applicants under this policy are placed in vacant positions at locations that reflect the needs of the NSWPF. Consistent with the Guidelines on the transfer of NSW police officers (Transfer Guidelines), professional mobility officers can be placed at locations either within the Sydney metropolitan area or regional locations subject to organisational suitability.

Applicants may seek placement into a specialist area via a written report to the Commander Recruitment, Transfers & Appointments.

Applicants will be notified of the intended placement and will need to accept this placement before they are offered a Conditional Offer of Appointment.

Specialist placement

Applicants may seek placement in a specialist area or command by submitting a report that outlines their various skills and qualifications to perform duty within that command.

These specialist placement requests will be considered by the Commander, Recruitment, Transfers & Appointments and advice will be sought from the Commander of the specialist area to determine their willingness to have the applying officers placed with them.

Placements into specialist commands will only be granted in exceptional circumstances in accordance with the needs of the NSW Police Force.

Relocation Expenses

Applicants will be responsible for sourcing their own accommodation within a commutable distance of their placement location.

Upon attestation from the Professional Mobility Program, the NSW Police Force will facilitate, via its contract providers, the removal of furniture and personal belongings from the applicant’s current place of residence to their new home in NSW. The NSWPF will cover up to $20,000 of ‘removals only’ expenses for this relocation.

Should the total cost of the relocation (due to distance and/or the volume of furniture/personal belongings etc. being moved) exceed $20,000, the applicant will be responsible for the remaining balance.

Please be aware that all relocations must be organised by the NSW Police Force, Transfers, Mobility and Secondments Unit. The NSWPF’s contracted provider, will then make contact with the applicant to coordinate the move. Should an applicant choose to organise the removalists, there will be no entitlement to reimbursement of those costs.

Stage 6: Rank & Grade

Rank & Grade

The NSWPF will convert completed years of equivalent full-time service from the officer’s former jurisdiction to the incremental level that would have applied if that service was performed in the NSWPF, to the maximum of Senior Constable level 6 (see table).

Completed years of service in former jurisdictionIncremental level for salary upon appointment
2Constable Year 3
3Constable Year 4
4Constable Year 5
5Senior Constable Level 1
6Senior Constable Level 2 Step 1
7Senior Constable Level 2 Step 2
8Senior Constable Level 3 Step 1
9Senior Constable Level 3 Step 2
10Senior Constable Level 3 Step 3
11Senior Constable Level 4 Step 1
12Senior Constable Level 4 Step 2
13Senior Constable Level 5 Step 1
14Senior Constable Level 5 Step 2
15 or aboveSenior Constable Level 6

The officer’s next increment will be due 12 months after appointment.

Whilst officers will be paid at the rank and grade determined by the NSWPF, they will be appointed on probation and should wear the rank of probationary constable.

Stage 7: Academy Training Program

The Professional Mobility Program (PMP) provides accelerated access into the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) for current serving police officers from other Australian and New Zealand jurisdictions.

Successful applicants will attend the NSW Police Academy, located in Goulburn. Participants will be paid employees of the NSWPF for a 12-week, full time, five day per week program. During this time accommodation and meals will be supplied, Monday to Friday.  Applicants who remain on campus during the weekends will be required to pay for weekend meals.

The 12-week course is designed to transition current serving police from other Australian & New Zealand jurisdictions to NSW legislation, and NSWPF policies, and procedures. You will be provided training and required to undergo assessment to ensure an appropriate level of skill and capability expected of a NSW police officer. Components of learning will include Weapons and Tactics, Police Driving Certification, Communications and Ethics, Investigations, as well as Law, Policy, and Procedure. You will also be required to participate in physical training sessions.

On completion of the 12-week course at the academy you will be attested as a probationary constable of the NSWPF. Your probation period will be up to 12 months. During this time, you will continue to receive on the job training, assisting you with your transition into the NSWPF. At the completion of your probation period, you will be confirmed as a constable of NSWPF.

Professional Mobility Program Course Dates 2024 -2025
22 September 2024 - 13 December 2024
11 May 2025 - 1 August 2025
31 August 2025 - 21 November 2025

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