Applicants must be a minimum age of 18 years prior to the commencement of the Recruit Training Course.

Good Character and Reputation

Tasmania Police conducts extensive background checks on police officer applicants during the selection process. Your previous history will be continually checked and assessed. Failure to declare information may result in automatic cancellation of your application.

All offences committed by you as a youth must also be disclosed.

Applicants should read the Tasmania Police Prior History Offence Guidelines prior to submitting their application. These guidelines will give applicants an understanding of the eligibility regarding previous offences that may have been committed.

Tasmania Police also monitors various social media sites to ensure potential applicants meet community expectation.

Any referees provided will be contacted.

If you have any contact with police during the selection process, you must inform Recruiting Services immediately
(email: | phone: 1800 628 680).


Applicants must have achieved a pass grade (C) , at a minimum, for Year 10 (High School).

It is preferred and more desirable, that an applicant has obtained their Tasmanian Certificate of Education, or equivalent.

There are no other pre-requisite subjects and no Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank requirements.


You must be either an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or have permanent Australian resident status.

Under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, Australian and New Zealand citizens are able to enter each other’s country to visit, live and work indefinitely, without the need to apply for prior authority.


As a police officer, you will be required to maintain a healthy level of cardio fitness and physical strength in order to meet the physical requirements of the job. As part of the recruitment process, you will be required to undertake fitness evaluation/testing. Please ensure that you have read and understand the Fitness Test Details.

Therefore, it is important to establish an ongoing schedule of exercise to maintain your fitness whilst undertaking the application process and after you are employed by Tasmania Police.

The physical testing is conducted early in the selection continuum and an inability to reach the minimum standards will result in an early removal from the selection process.

Drivers Licence

To apply for a police officer position, you must have a current Australian provisional car drivers licence or greater.

If you hold a licence granted interstate, it will need to be converted to a Tasmanian licence prior to commencing a trainee course.

If you hold an overseas licence it must be converted to an Australian Drivers licence (State or Territory you reside in) before you make application to join.

Once employed as a police officer, you may be required to drive vehicles with both automatic and manual transmission.

If you have been the holder of an interstate licence, we request that you supply a copy of your ‘Driving Offence History’ which should be obtained from the relevant licence supplier (Department of Transport and Main Roads or similar).

To meet minimum driving offence history standards, it is preferred applicants have no driving offences recorded against their licence. All traffic offences and driving behaviour issues during your recruitment process will be taken into account and may result in an application being rejected. Serious driving offences will generally result in an application being rejected.

A case-by-case assessment however will be made re eligibility/suitability depending on the Traffic Infringement Notice offence, amount received and circumstances involved.

First Aid and Swimming Certification

Prior to selection on a recruit course, applicants must have a current First Aid Certificate and a swimming certification from either Royal Life Saving Australia or AUSTSWIM. Applicants are responsible for obtaining these qualifications. You do not require these qualifications to submit an expression of interest to join Tasmania Police.

The minimum First Aid requirement for applicants are the following units of competency:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid
  • These may vary depending on Service Provider or State of residence. Should clarification be required, applicants should contact Recruiting Services.
  • The swimming certification form can be downloaded here.


As a police officer, you will be required to meet the medical requirements in order to perform the role.

As part of your application, you will be required to undertake a medical evaluation. This will include a self-evaluation, an evaluation by a General Practitioner (GP), optometrist and audiologist.

You may also be requested to provide specialist reports depending on your medical history.

Failure to disclose information will result in the cancellation of your application.


As a police officer you will be expected to communicate clearly, effectively, in a professional manner and negotiate confidently.

One of the fundamental skills a police officer requires is the ability to communicate effectively. It is critical that our members have the ability to give and receive verbal information in sometimes stressful situations.

Your communication skills will be assessed in a range of mediums such as scenarios, written examination and a board interview.


An inappropriate association is an association with a person or organisation suspected of, or known by the applicant to be engaged in unlawful activity or a person or organisation with a previous history of engaging in unlawful activity. These associations will reflect on community perceptions of your integrity and ability to use authority with integrity. They may also put you in a position where associates attempt to ask you to forgo your duty or otherwise compromise your integrity as an employee of Tasmania Police.

It is important that Tasmania Police are aware of any association or potential conflict of interest which may compromise you or reflect adversely on the organisation. These could be family, friends, members of recreational clubs or other people you associate with. During the application you will be required to declare these. Failure to disclose any information in the application process may result in your application not proceeding.

Your Next Step

If you believe you meet the pre-application requirements, your next step is to lodge an Expression of Interest.

The Expression of Interest is for Tasmania Police Recruiting Services to assess your suitability, based on the Pre-Application Requirements.

If considered suitable, you will be invited (in due course) to sit the Police Entrance Exam.