​​​​​​​​This is your opportunity to prepare for a career as a Queensland police officer.​

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) offers cadetships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preparation for direct entry into the Recruit Training Program.

The Indigenous Cadetship Program (ICP) comprises a 10 week, full-time course at the Queensland Police Service Academy​, and forms part of the Service’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in employment.

Stages of the selection process

To be eligible for appointment to the QPS as a cadetship participant, you must successfully satisfy the requirements of all three stages of the ICP selection process:

Stage 1 - Minimum Application Requirements​

To apply for the Indigenous Cadetship Program, applicants must:

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and must complete a Confirmation of Aboriginality​ form.

  • Be 18 years of age or older.

  • Hold life-related skills and experience that demonstrates potential to succeed as a police officer.

  • Hold either an Open driver licence OR hold a current Provisional driver licence with a minimum 12 months of driving experience as a licence holder (excluding experience as a holder of a learner’s permit or learner’s licence).  
    The licence may be to drive an automatic or manual vehicle, and a non-Queensland driver licence must be transferable to a Queensland driver licence.

To drive patrol vehicles, police officers must meet particular medical and health standards as outlined in the guidelines of the National Road Transport Commission. These medical standards have been incorporated into the medical and fitness testing associated with Stage 2 of the selection process. 

For information on obtaining a Driver Licence, please contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

I​n addition, cadetship applicants must meet the police recruit application requirements on health, integrity and residency to enter the program.

ICP Training Overview

The 10​​​ week course includes theory and practical components designed to give and reinforce the skills needed to complete police recruit training, as well as familiarise participants with the QPS and Queensland Government structure and systems.


During the cadetship, participants will receive the salary of a police recruit, which is $1,480.29* gross per fortnight (70 per cent of a First Year Constable's base salary).

​For information on the Indigenous Cadetship Program, please contact:

Indigenous Employment Officer 
Ph: 1 300 BE A COP (23 2 267)


*Wage effective from 1 July 2015; indicative figure only, may change without notice.