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Indigenous Cadetship Program

Your opportunity to become a Queensland police officer.

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

The Indigenous Cadetship Program (ICP) forms part of the Service‚Äôs commitment to equal opportunity and diversity in employment, and comprises a 12 week, full-time course at the Queensland Police Service Academy.

Stages of the selection process

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

  • Stage 1 - Minimum Application Requirements (see below)
  • Stage 2 - Applicant Assessment
  • Stage 3 - Selection

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 ( Aboriginality Confirmation Form|77525|application/pdf 75K ).
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Hold life-related skills and experience that demonstrates potential to succeed as a police officer.
  • Hold a current Open driver licence or a P2 Provisional driver licence (display green P-plates) to operate a manual or automatic motor vehicle (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.

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

Cadetship Content

During the 12 week cadetship, course participants will undertake a mix of in-class and practical training to prepare them for recruit training.

The course will provide an overview of recruit training and include basic introduction to police radios, roadside breath testing, firearms, traffic control and filling out key QPS forms, as well as interviewing skills and health and fitness training.

Cadetship participants will observe and be involved in the scenario-based assessments of police recruits, and visit court houses, police stations and watchhouses to gain an insight into their future as a police officer.


During the cadetship, participants will receive the salary of a police recruit, which is $1,417.29 gross per fortnight (as of 1 July 2013).  For existing employees of the QPS, ordinary salary or wages will be maintained for the duration of the cadetship.

For information on the Indigenous Cadetship Program, please contact:

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

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Last Updated: 03/09/2013