Our commitment to recruiting

Tasmania Police is committed to recruiting people who are able to provide effective policing services to the community of Tasmania. We know that in order for us, as an organisation to achieve this, we must be an equal opportunity employer and we must be representative of the community we serve.

Tasmania Police recognises that modern policing in a culturally diverse society requires police officers who reflect the gender, cultural, linguistic and regional diversity of our community.

Tasmania Police does not recruit for a particular academy intake, rather we operate a continuous recruitment process where applications are accepted throughout the year.

The entire recruiting process – from the time you submit an online application to the time you may be appointed as a Trainee Constable (if successful in the recruitment process), can depend on the following factors:

  • Your availability to participate in testing, assessment and interview
  • Our ability to facilitate testing, assessment and interview days
  • The time you take to lodge a recruit application
  • The time we take to process recruit applications
  • Conducting of checks with referees and if necessary interstate and overseas authorities
  • The availability of recruit positions at the Academy
  • The projected demand for police officers, and;
  • Unforeseen circumstances impacting on your application

Applications of a more complex nature can take longer to process.

We ask that you please be patient with us throughout the recruitment process.  We understand this is an exciting process to be a part of, but, we will be in touch with you when you progress to the next stage or we need more information from you.

Please also note that there are no specific number of intakes per year and the number of applicants successful in gaining a place on a recruit course will vary, depending on our staffing requirements.


Entry requirements

Age

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.

Any referees provided will be contacted.

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

Education

Applicants must have completed, at a minimum, 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.

Citizenship

You must be an Australian Citizen or hold Australian permanent residency to join Tasmania Police.

On application to Tasmania Police, you are obliged to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency.

Fitness

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.

Licence

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

If the licence is from interstate or overseas, it will need to be transferred to a Tasmanian Licence prior to induction. Once employed as a police officer, you may be required to drive vehicles with both automatic and manual transmission.

To meet minimum driving offence history standards, applicants must have no driving offences recorded against their license/s for a period of twelve (12) months prior to lodging an on-line application and continue to remain offence free throughout the recruitment process . All other traffic offences and driving behaviour issues outside the twelve month period will be taken into account and may result in an application being rejected. Serious driving offences will generally result in an application being rejected.

First Aid and Bronze Medallion

Prior to selection on a recruit course, applicants must have a current First Aid Certificate and Bronze Medallion (or Police Rescue Award). 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:

HLTAID002 – Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
These may vary depending on Service Provider or State of residence. Should clarification be required, applicants should contact Recruiting Services.

Medical

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.

Communication

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.

Association

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.

Ready to apply?

If you believe you are ready to apply, please lodge an online application here.