Entry Requirements

    Learn more about what Victoria Police is looking for in our PSO applicants—all candidates must ensure that they meet these entry requirements prior to applying.

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    Victoria Police as an employer has no tolerance for illicit or illegal drug use by an employee either in their work or private life.

    Victoria Police conducts extensive background checks on Protective Services 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.

    A copy of the Prior Offence History guidelines can be downloaded here.   DOWNLOAD PRIOR OFFENCE HISTORY GUIDELINES.
    If you have any prior convictions, cautions, diversions, good behaviour bonds or excessive driving offences and are unsure, then it is advisable that you submit a Voluntary Disclosure Form (VDF) prior to submitting an application to find out whether your prior history is likely to disqualify you from being considered for the role.

    All offences, including those that were committed as a juvenile must be disclosed in your application.

    If you are under 21 years of age, you must have passed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent (Senior Level Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is accepted).

    If you are 21 or older, you are eligible to submit an application under mature-age entry.

    There are no other pre-requisite subjects and no Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirements.
    The Victoria Police Act stipulates that you must be an Australian citizen or hold Australian permanent residency to join Victoria Police.

    New Zealand citizens are required to have a Special Category visa and be residing in Australia to submit an application.

    On application to Victoria Police, you are obliged to provide proof of citizenship, permanent residency or Special Category visa status.
    As a Protective Services 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 a fitness evaluation and once employed with Victoria Police you will be required to undertake regular fitness evaluations.

    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 Victoria Police.

    Click here to see what's involved in the fitness testing.

    As a Protective Services Officer, you will be required to have a current First Aid certificate whilst undertaking training and once deployed.

    Therefore, prior to induction, applicants must have obtained a Level 1 First Aid Certificate with CPR.

    This certificate needs to be valid at the time of training and for a further 12 months after the completion of training.

    Renewal of the CPR component of the First Aid Certificate is also required on a cyclical basis.

    All costs associated with obtaining First Aid Certification will be incurred by the applicant.
    As a Protective Services Officer, you will be required to meet the minimum medical requirements in order to safely and effectively perform the role.

    As part of your application, you will be required to undertake a medical evaluation. This will include a self-assessment, an examination by a GP, a review of your hearing by an Audiologist or Audiometrist and your vision by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.

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

    A copy of the medical FAQ's can be found here.

    Failure to completely disclose information will result in the cancellation of your application.
    As a Protective Services Officer, you will be expected to communicate clearly and effectively, in a professional manner and negotiate confidently.

    One of the fundamental skills a Protective Services 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. If an applicant is identified during the process as having a possible issue in this area, they are given the opportunity to participate in a process to assess their level of verbal communication skills in the context of operational suitability and safety.

    The applicants will be invited to attend at the Recruiting Services Branch office where they will take part in a 20 minute communications exercise. This exercise involves the applicant conversing over a police radio using both a predetermined script and in general conversation to determine their ability to understand and be understood.

    It also includes a map reading exercise where the applicants are assessed on their ability to comprehend and follow a set of instructions given in relation to the map. The applicant will be assessed to ensure that they have the current competency to continue in the selection process.

    At the completion of the assessment, the applicants may be deemed "competent" and continue with the recruiting process. They may also be found "not yet competent" and be asked to reapply after a period of time. If this is the case they are advised to expose themselves to as many situations as possible which will develop their communication skills to a level that will see them succeed in any subsequent attempt at the recruiting process.
    During the selection process you will be asked to declare associations. An inappropriate association is an association with person or organisation suspected of, or known by the employee to be engaged in, unlawful activity or a person or organisation with a previous history of engaging 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 Victoria Police.

    It is important that Victoria 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. In some cases a management plan may be put in place, in others the association should be terminated. Failure to disclose any information in the applicant process may result in your application not proceeding or subject you to termination of employment.

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