Recruitment Process Explained

    The following information takes you step by step through the PSO recruitment process so that you are informed and prepared for what’s ahead.

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    You will be required to submit an application online. Your application will be thoroughly assessed and some will be rejected if deemed not competitive. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, no individual feedback can be provided to applicants.

    The application form will consist of:

    • Personal details
    • Employment history
    • Education history
    • History of prior offences and police dealings
    • Other assessable components
    Upon completion of your online application, you may be contacted by Recruiting Services via email to complete the Victoria Police Entrance Examination.

    All costs associated with travel to and from assessment venues/stages will be the responsibility of the applicant, including costs to sit the entrance exam, sum of skin folds (if required), medical appointments and first aid certification.

    NOTE: Uniform and Appearance Standards

    Victoria Police employees are required to project an image that is consistent with a professional and disciplined law enforcement agency. Therefore employees’ clothing, grooming and personal accessories: must project a favourable image of Victoria Police as a professional and disciplined organisation; and must not be extreme or detract from the need to present as employees of a professional and disciplined organisation.

    Applicants with tattoos/body art on the head, face, neck or hands should contact Recruiting Services Branch for further information regarding eligibility, prior to submitting an application. 

    Members are permitted to wear the following items of jewellery: wrist watches, minimal rings of conservative style and emergency medical alert bracelets or pendants. Wearing of other jewellery, ornaments, adornments or accessories is not permitted. This includes, earrings, spacers, any facial/body piercing, plugs, tunnels, bars, chains, dental grills, etc.

    The first stage of the recruitment process is the Eligibility Checks stage where our recruitment team will review your application to determine both your eligibility and suitability to join Victoria Police as a PSO. This includes assessing your Body Mass Index (BMI), basic driving and criminal history, disclosure of previous involvements and responses to the motivational and behavioural based questions. The role of PSO is a highly sought after position and as such; the recruitment process is highly competitive. Not all applications will progress past this initial stage of the process.
    For further information on the exam and how to prepare, please refer to the candidate preparation booklet which can also found at:

    The exam will comprise the following components:

    1.  Verbal Reasoning Assessment
    2.  Numerical Reasoning Assessment
    3.  Abstract Reasoning Assessment
    4.  Multiple Choice English Skills Test
    5.  Summary Writing Assessment
    6.  Extended Writing Assessment
    7.  Oral Communications Assessment
    8.  Computer Skills Assessment

    Applicants will be responsible for all examination costs, including the initial exam ($160) and any subsequent re-sits.

    After successful completion of the Victoria Police Entrance Examination, Recruiting Services will conduct a preliminary check on your previous history to determine your eligibility and suitability for the role. You may then be contacted to undertake a video interview.

    The video interview has been designed to find out more about why the person applied for the role with Victoria Police and to find out what their expectations of the position are. The questions fall into three sections:
    1. The role and organisational requirements
    2. Organisational values and behaviours
    3. Questions relating to the responses contained in the application.  

    If you are deemed suitable to proceed following on from the video interview, your previous history will continue to be assessed (traffic, criminal, employment etc.) throughout the entire selection process.

    It is important that applicants fully disclose all information relating to prior history including past employment. Failure to disclose information can result in application cancellation.

    A copy of the prior offence history guidelines can be obtained here.

    If you are unsure and would to like check if your offence history will affect your application, you may complete a Voluntary Disclosure Form.

    Download Voluntary Disclosure Form.

    As a Protective Services Officer, it is imperative to maintain a healthy level of fitness. As part of the application process you will be required to undertake a fitness test designed to test your level of cardio fitness and physical strength.

    You could be invited to attend the fitness testing of the recruitment process within 1-4 weeks of passing the interview during the Background Checks stage. Therefore, it's important to ensure that you meet the BMI standard, have watched the fitness test video and are ready to pass the fitness test, before you apply.

    The fitness tests are normally conducted out of the Police Academy on a Sunday and you will usually be required to remain for approximately 5 hours.

    Applicants will also have their Body Mass Index (BMI) checked at fitness testing. Find out your BMI using the BMI calculator.

    From fitness testing date 5 June 2016, any applicant who attends fitness testing and has a BMI reading over 27.5 must bring to testing a successful Sum of Skin Folds test (SOSF). To be successful, the SOSF reading must be less than the 50th percentile and conducted by Konekt at the following locations: Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo, Cranbourne and Geelong. Please call the central Konekt Melbourne number (03) 9624 5000 to make a booking. Regional applicants should clearly stipulate the location they wish to book for their SOSF test. All costs are to be borne by the applicant.

    Any applicant who presents a BMI over 27.5 and does not have a successful SOSF test is likely to be dismissed from testing and their application cancelled.

    Download a copy of the Konekt SOSF information here.

    Applicants need to maintain the desired height/weight standard and will not be inducted into the Victoria Police Academy if outside of the requirements.

    Circumstances where a BMI in excess of 27.5 could be deemed acceptable from a successful SOSF test would be where an applicant has low body fat but high muscle development due to weights/fitness training or a naturally muscular physique.

    The following components make up the fitness test:

    ·        Beep Test (5.01) - DOWNLOAD BEEP (Right-Click, Save Target As)
    ·        Grip test (30kg in each hand)
    ·        Illinois agility run (20 seconds)
    ·        Push ups (5 successive push ups on toes)
    ·        Prone bridge (hold for 60 seconds)
    ·        Obstacle Climb (1.3m)


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    As policing can be psychologically demanding, all applicants must complete psychological testing during selection. Victoria Police uses a suite of psychological tests to assesses psychological suitability. The results of the tests are interpreted by Psychologists from the Police Psychology Unit who will provide recommendations to the Recruitment Services Branch. Following the test, many applicants will be required to attend an interview with a Psychologist to further assess their suitability to the role. This is a normal part of the process and its purpose is to obtain further information to assist in the interpretation of the test results. Some applicants will be deemed unsuitable following the initial psychometric testing and will not progress any further in the selection process.

    You will be given a medical booklet which is designed to assess your current health status as well as your medical and surgical history.

    As part of this medical assessment process, you will required to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, undergo an examination by a GP, have your hearing tested by an Audiologist or Audiometrist and your vision tested by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.

    All costs associated with this stage will be incurred by the applicant.

    A copy of the Medical FAQ’s can be found here

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

    If you have further questions regarding your medical history, please complete the Preliminary Enquiry of Medical Condition Form.


    ‘Preliminary Enquiry of Medical Condition Form’

    As your application progresses through the recruitment process you will be constantly assessed against Victoria Police’s values and code of ethics. It is during the Comprehensive Checks stage of the process that we will look further into your employment history, associations, social media and any police involvements. It is essential to ensure that you are fully disclosing all information to Victoria Police at all times throughout the application process. This includes ensuring you declare all associations including family members, those living with you and any person you associate with or have associated with whom you suspect to have a criminal conviction or Victoria Police would consider being of poor character and reputation. This allows us to assess the risk of different associations to yourself, your colleagues and the organisation, in addition to determining strategies to mitigate the risk. Failure to declare any information as part of your application process will raise concerns regarding your integrity, character and suitability for the role within Victoria Police.
    The interview will usually be the final step in your pathway to gaining entry as a Protective Services Officer. The interview will usually be conducted at the Victoria Police Recruitment office and are conducted by two trained members of Victoria Police. It will consist of a mixture of behavioural and scenario based questions. Following the interview, not all applicants will be deemed suitable for induction into the Victoria Police Academy.

    Download for tips on interview preparation.

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