Reappointment Program

Are you a former NSW Police officer and want to return? Welcome back!

Eligibility standards and criteria

All reappointed officers MUST meet the NSWPF Recruitment eligibility standards:

  • background checks
  • body art and modification policies
  • employment vetting
  • IAPro (complaint and employee management information system)
  • NSWPF performance and conduct, driving and license requirements, fitness, psychometric and medical standards
  • applicants must have served a minimum three year full time with the NSWPF.

Ineligible for reappointment

The following reasons will make former officers ineligible for reappointment:

  • those separated for more than three years (irrespective of date of exit) will not be considered
  • those removed from the NSWPF under s181D of the Police Act 1990, on the grounds of ‘loss of Commissioner’s confidence’ will not be considered eligible for re-appointment
  • those previously subject to serious disciplinary action will also generally not be considered eligible
  • those who resigned from the NSWPF in circumstances of a pending internal investigation and/or imminent disciplinary action will generally not be considered eligible for re-appointment.

Reappointment application process

General reappointment application process

  • Applicants will be required to lodge an application for reappointment (PDF).
  • Depending upon previous experience and specialist qualifications, seek placement into specialist areas.
  • These applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent upon organisational needs and vacancies.
  • Applicants will be required to obtain support from the Commander of the specialist area in which they are seeking to undertake their probation period.

Direct Reappointment to the rank of Sergeant

  • Former NSWPF officers who held the rank of Sergeant and seek to be considered for direct reappointment to an available vacancy at the rank of sergeant may make written application to the Commander People and Capability Command.
  • The application should outline the circumstances that warrant consideration of the direct reappointment.
  • Unsucessful applicants may lodge a general reappointment application for the rank of Constable  and must meet the current NSW Police Force recruitment standards.

Reappointment conditions

Reappointment training program

  • Applicants will be required to enrol in and successfully complete the reappointment training program, consisting of an online CSU course that must be completed within an 8-week period.
  • All costs associated with the reappointment training program at $1658 (fee waived during the Covid-19 emergency) and medical at $454.74 are to be borne by the applicant.


  • Placement at desirable locations is unlikely, this includes coastal Regions North & South of Sydney and the Queanbeyan area. Placement will be allocated based upon the needs of the NSWPF.

Probationary period

  • Successful applicants will be subject of a 12-month probation period.
  • The rate of remuneration will be based on an assessment of prior service up to a maximum rank of Senior Constable.
  • Level 6 (only completed years of service will be counted). Upon confirmation officers will return to their former rank up to this maximum rank.


  • General tenure period of three years applies from placement of the reappointed officer in a PAC/PD.
  • Other individual variance of the tenure period will be based on organisational circumstances and needs as determined by the Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources (or delegate).

Designations and qualifications

Designations and qualifications will be reinstated subject to a review which will consider regency and experience.

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