​​​What is the minimum age to apply for the Queensland Police Service (QPS)?

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply to join the QPS. A number of pre-application requirements must be met before you are eligible to submit an application. There is an expectation that you possess and demonstrate social maturity as part of the assessment and selection process.

What is the retirement age?

Queensland police officers are required to retire at the age of 60 years, however voluntary retirement may be available between the ages of 55 and 60 years depending on your date of birth.

How long will my application take to process?

We cannot provide any definitive advice on how long it will take from the time you lodge your application until you may be eligible for appointment. 

Timeframes depend on many factors, including your availability to attend testing or assessment; integrity checking, including checks with referees and interstate and/or overseas authorities (if necessary); the number of recruit positions to be offered at the academy; and the projected demand for police officers. Currently, the application process is highly competitive with a large number of applicants and a small number of recruit positions available.

In general, your application will take longer to process if you have lived interstate and/or overseas where we need to obtain information from another state, territory or country. We are unable to control timeframes where we seek information from other or​ganisations. If you have a complex medical history, reports may be requested from your treating specialist. Should you have integrity matters that require further information, you may be asked to respond to a show cause notice.

Will I be required to meet costs during the recruiting process?

Some stages of the recruit selection and assessment process require payment for services, such as your pre-employment medical assessment or if information is required from overseas authorities. These costs must be met by the applicant, as the QPS is under no obligation to accept responsibility for any expenses incurred.

Where will I be posted after graduating from the academy?

When you graduate from the Queensland Police Service Academy, you will be required to complete the First Year Constable (FYC) program. A number of police stations across Queensland are designated as 'training stations' for the FYC program. 

At the academy, you will be given an opportunity to nominate your preferred locations to undertake the FYC program from a list of available stations, however you could be posted to any FYC training centre within Queensland, subject to the operational requirements of the QPS.

Where will I be posted after the FYC program?

You must be prepared to serve anywhere in Queensland. The QPS is a state-wide agency and new officers are assigned to stations where they are needed, which could be in metropolitan or provincial cities, coastal areas, rural towns or remote communities.

The QPS will take personal circumstances into consideration when posting officers, however it is essential that police are stationed in accordance with Service and community need. After completion of General Duties tenure, officers can apply for vacancies in other locations or specialist units.

How often does the Queensland Police Service recruit?

The QPS does not recruit to a particular intake. Police Recruiting conducts ongoing recruitment and accepts applications throughout the year. 

The Queensland Police Academy has two campuses, one in Brisbane (Oxley) and the other at Townsville. ​The Brisbane campus has several intakes a year, while the Townsville campus has up to two intakes annually. The number of intakes and recruits in each intake varies according to operational needs of the Service.

How long until I can apply for specialised areas such as the Dog Squad, Scenes of Crime or Traffic Branch?

Police officers compete on merit for specialist positions and need to demonstrate they have the ability to successfully perform the duties of that position. 

Once your First Year Constable training is complete, you will continue as a General Duties officer on tenure for up to three years, after which you can apply for vacant positions in specialised units. This is to ensure that you are competent in all areas of General Duties policing prior to moving into a specialised area.

Some specialised areas are highly sought after, therefore you should not have an expectation of moving straight into a specialist role after completing your General Duties tenure. Additionally, specialist areas may require you to undertake further assessment before you are considered. This may include specialist psychological or physical testing.

Will tattoos effect my application?

Tattoos will not affect your application, as long as they are not inappropriate. Tattoos cannot be culturally insensitive, rude or offensive, and must be considered within community expectations (e.g. no offensive sayings or words in English or other languages, offensive pictures, facial tattoos or similar depictions).

In accordance with the QPS Code of Dress and Appearance, uniformed employees with tattoos are to ensure they choose uniform garments that minimise the visibility of tattoos, such as wearing long sleeve shirts where arm tattoos exist.

What shifts will I be required to work when I complete the academy training and start duty at my station?

As a General Duties officer, you will ordinarily be required to work a 24-hour rotational roster based on a 38-hour working week. Night work and weekend work (including public holiday shifts) may be a requirement within this roster. The roster also will incorporate a Programmed Day Off (PDO) each month, as well as four Rest Days per fortnight. 

I have heard you get paid an Operational Shift Allowance – what does that entail?

The Operational Shift Allowance (OSA) is an "all up" payment in lieu of shift and weekend penalty rates, public holiday rates and annual leave loading. The OSA is an additional 21% of salary and is paid as a fortnightly allowance to police officers who equitably participate in a two-shift or three-shift per day roster.  

In addition, any officer on the OSA who works a night shift starting between 6pm and 2am is entitled to an additional 15% Night Operational Shift Allowance (NOSA) for each such shift. Non-OSA police (day workers) who work afternoon or night shifts, or on weekends/public holidays, are paid the relevant Award penalty rates for each shift.​


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