​​​​​​​​​​​Many well qualified and committed applicants seek a career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

Entry is highly competitive and based on merit.

The process for selection complies with the Police Service Administration Act 1990 (Qld)​​. This Act prescribes that the appointment of a person as a police recruit must be made by fair and equitable procedures that select applicants on the basis of merit and prevent discrimination.

The QPS accepts applications all year round. Our recruitment is continuous and not for a particular intake, which means that applications can be submitted and updated on an ongoing basis.

A number of factors determine the time taken for the recruiting process, which will vary for individual applicants. Recruiting aims to process applications in the shortest possible time, however factors such as the availability of the applicant; referees' responses; from where information is required (e.g. overseas); the availability of recruit positions; the demand for police officers; and other factors may affect the progress of applications.

We ask that you be patient throughout the process, and will be in contact when you progress to the next stage or we need more information from you.


Applicants with no previous policing experience will be considered for selection under the Police Recruit Entry Pathway (PREP).


Current and recently serving police officers with experience in interstate or international jurisdictions may apply to join the QPS.


Former QPS officers may apply for re-appointment as a Queensland police officer.


The QPS offers employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people through the Indigenous Recruit Preparation Program (IRPP); the Recruit Training Program; or in non-police positions such as Police Liaison Officers and Public Servant positions.


The QPS offers employment opportunities for people from non-English Speaking Backgrounds through it’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Recruit Preparation Program (CALDRPP), which provides a 10-week introductory course for transition into the Police Recruit Training Program.​



Non-police positions (Public Service positions) are advertised on the Queensland Government - Smart Jobs & Careers website when vacancies are available.


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