The Recruitment Process


    All policing roles involve a detailed recruitment process. To give you an idea of what’s ahead, these are the recruitment stages all applicants will experience:

    1. Application Process
    2. Eligibility Checks
    3. Entrance Exam
    4. Background Checks
    5. Fitness Test
    6. Psych Testing
    7. Health Checks
    8. Comprehensive Checks
    9. Panel Interview
    Roles within Victoria Police are in demand – so the process is competitive. When you treat every stage of the process with attention to detail and focus, it demonstrates to us that you are committed and it will also help you decide whether a career with Victoria Police is right for you.


    The recruitment process will generally take in excess of 6 months, so we urge you to start preparing now! The quicker you book your exam and return your medical and other documentation, the faster your application can progress.

    General requirements

    Whichever role you decide on, you’ll need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

    • 18 years of age or over
    • Australian citizenship or permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship with special category visa
    • Body Mass Index (BMI) standard
    • Good character and reputation
    • First Aid certificate

    Specific requirements for each role

    • Police Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take  6 months or more
    • Applications are open all year round
    • BMI = 27.5 or less
    • If you’re under 21 years of age, you’ll need a VCE/VCAL or equivalent
    • Australian drivers licence (manual or automatic)
    • Must undertake an oath or affirmation, acknowledging the legal and social responsibilities associated with the role.
    • PSO Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take 6 months or more
    • Applications open all year round
    • BMI = 27.5 or less
    • If under 21 years of age, you’ll need a VCE/VCAL or equivalent
    • PSOs with a minimum of 2 years’ service can apply to become Police Officers via the Constable Qualifying Program
    • Must undertake an oath or affirmation, acknowledging the legal and social responsibilities associated with the role.
    • PCO Recruitment Process
    • Recruitment process can take 3 months or more
    • BMI = 30 or less
    • Require a working with Children card (employment)
    • Driver’s licence (manual or automatic)
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