To be eligible to become a Queensland Police Service officer, you must:

  • Be 17 years of age or older at the time of applying; and
  • Display a high standard of past behaviour and conduct, including your traffic and/or criminal history; and
  • By the time of commencing as a recruit at the police academy, you must have successfully completed year 12 (or equivalent senior year), OR have three years full time employment (or part-time equivalent) since leaving high school. You may apply in advance; and
  • By the time of graduating from the police academy, you must hold an open driver licence or a current provisional driver licence with a minimum of 12 months of driving experience as the licence holder (automatic or manual vehicle). You may apply in advance; and
  • ​​Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent residency status, or be a New Zealand citizen holding a special category visa (SCV*) under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth​​); and
  • Be ready to demonstrate a reasonable degree of aerobic fitness and physical strength;
  • Be physically and mentally fit to undertake the duties of a constable.

To be a police officer, you need to be prepared to:

  • perform duties in varying and diverse locations throughout Queensland; 
  • perform 24 hour rotating shiftwork;
  • face socialisation, cultural, organisational and management issues;
  • deal with public perceptions of police and policing;
  • attend traumatic incidents (e.g. accident, fatality, and child abuse situation); and 
  • perform duties in varying work conditions.

   Please also note that it is now mandatory that employees and serving members of the QPS are fully vaccinated against       COVID-19