Now that I’m on the Pool of Candidates, am I guaranteed a position?
You have been deemed suitable for employment with Victoria Police however there is no absolute guarantee that you will be offered a position. At times of high recruitment such as now however, it is likely that all applicants in the Pool of Candidates will be offered a start date in the near future.
The Pool of Candidates is an order of merit for all applicants. All components of your application and testing were scored resulting in your final tally. You are ordered based on this final score. As new applicants enter the Pool of Candidates, the order of merit continually changes and you may slide either up or down. When a squad is being selected for training, generally the top scoring applicants are picked from the order of merit. You will not be told your final score, nor where you sit on the order of merit.
What time frame can I expect before I am selected?
Given the nature of a changing Pool of Candidates, a time frame cannot be given. We are experiencing high recruiting at this time and therefore we expect squad allocation to occur within 6 months from you being placed in the pool, however this cannot be guaranteed and can change due to operational requirements. We aim to give applicants 6-8 weeks’ notice of their start date.
What do I need to notify Recruiting Services Branch about?
As a potential candidate for selection you will be required to update Recruiting Services Branch if your circumstances change. These circumstances include:
- Change of address, phone number or e-mail address
- Declaration of bankruptcy
- Infringement notices you receive (tickets or fines)
- Any medical procedure that you undergo
- If you are away and will not be contactable by phone or e-mail.
- Being questioned/ interviewed/charged/involved with the police on any matter
- Any other matter which you believe may affect/delay your induction to recruit training.
Once you are added to the Pool of Candidates, you are strongly advised not to book any extended leave (more than 4 weeks). It is recommended that if necessary, short periods of leave only are taken soon after being added to the Pool of Candidates. Deferring induction due to leave may not be granted and your application may be cancelled. You are encouraged to contact RSB to discuss any future travel plans (prior to booking) after being placed in the Pool of Candidates. Emergency matters will be accommodated.
What do I do if I no longer wish to become a member of Victoria Police?
If your circumstances change and you no longer wish to be considered for a position please advise Recruiting Services Branch via e-mail to email@example.com
If I am offered a position, will I have to undertake any further assessments?
Depending on how long you have been on the Pool of Candidates you may need to redo your fitness assessment prior to being given a letter of offer for employment. This is to ensure you are still at an acceptable fitness level and within the required BMI/SOSF range, to enter training at the Academy.
You will be asked to verify that you have not had any medical procedures, injuries or any other circumstances that may affect your ability to be trained as a member of Victoria Police.
How much notice will I be given if I am selected for a squad?
Recruiting Services Branch aims to give applicants a minimum 6-8 weeks’ notice before induction into the Academy. Sometimes this may be shorter if someone withdraws from a squad and you are picked to replace them at short notice.
Should I give notice to my current employer?
No - this is not advised until you have a final letter of offer for employment.
As part of the final checks your current employer will be contacted for a reference, so it is advisable you make them aware of your selection status and possible resignation sometime in the future.