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Applicants must be physically and mentally fit to undertake the duties of an operational police officer.
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) places significant emphasis on physical competency due to the high level of physical demands placed on police officers in operational duties. One of the toughest challenges for applicants and police recruits is the Physical Competency Test (PCT) within the selection process and the Physical Skills Training Program at the Queensland Police Service Academy.
On application, you must be mentally and physically able to perform all operational requirements of a police officer. Any medical condition that could suddenly and unexpectedly render you incapable of carrying out the duties of a police officer, or would prevent a person from performing all those duties automatically, would make you unsuitable for appointment as a police recruit.
You are required to complete a full medical examination with a recognised Pre-Employment Medical Service (PEMS) provider before submitting your application. Generally applicants would undertake this assessment once deemed successful in the Police Entrance Examination. However, if you are concerned regarding any aspect of your health, you can undertake this assessment first.
The following information provides important health and medical standards for prospective police recruit applicants.
It is desirable that applicants have completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations before entering the Queensland Police Service Academy. This may include a combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B inoculation program.
While there is no maximum age to apply be a police officer, applicants must be suitably fit to undertake the rigours of 25 weeks of police recruit training, the 12 month First Year Constable (FYC) program and a minimum of 3 years of general duties. Compulsory retirement for police remains at 60 years of age.
Applicants must have a corrected binocular visual accuracy of 6/6 and a corrected acuity of 6/9 in the better eye. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, the assessment is made while you are wearing your corrective lenses. If you have one weak eye that does not correct to 6/6, you may still be eligible provided you can pass a practical test of depth and speed perception. Additionally, visual acuity in the weaker eye, unaided, should be 6/36.
Applicants who have had laser eye surgery (such as Lasik) must wait three months before being accepted as a recruit to rule out any risk of complications. The QPS standard on colour vision does not require perfect responses to colour vision perception, however the Service requires a good standard of colour vision perception of distinct colours, as opposed to the perception of shades.
An applicant must meet the genuine and reasonable requirements of a police officer and perform duties such as:
- Pursuit in a motor vehicle
- Identifying people and objects
- Giving credible and reliable evidence of identification
- Identifying colour-coded signs, and
- Identifying a target correctly when firearms are being used.
Colour vision will be tested at the time of your medical examination. If you already know that you are colour blind to any degree, it may be advisable to take the following steps before proceeding further with your application. If you are uncertain, most optometrists offer colour vision testing as part of the bulk-billed eye examination. If an applicant or possible applicant has a colour vision medical issue, they can have an Ishihara Plate Test completed by the Pre-Employment Medical Service (PEMS) provider or an optometrist.
An applicant identified as a protan or deuteranope will not meet the QPS standards. In circumstances where the applicant is identified as deutranomalous, that applicant will undertake a colour assessment by the PEMS provider. If applicants are able to identify distinct colours, as opposed to shades, they will meet the QPS standard. If the test is borderline, a practical test will need to be administered.
There are two categories of medical condition that may prevent applicants from becoming a police recruit.
The first category comprises conditions that may prevent the applicant from effectively performing the duties of a police constable. An example of this might be a person who has had an upper limb amputated, as they would be unable to effectively restrain offenders.
The second category comprises medical conditions that pose an avoidable risk to the ongoing health and/or safety of the applicant. An example of this would be a person with a history of mental illness in the context of the stresses of general duties policing.
Asthma, deafness, diabetes, epilepsy and mental instability are the more common conditions that may prevent an applicant from carrying out the basic requirements of an operational police officer. For example, a person suffering from asthma would not be suitable to work in an environment or under conditions that significantly expose the person to a risk of serious asthma attack - more importantly, in critical or emergent situations, or where first aid or other assistance might not be available. While the consequences could be severe for the officer's health and safety, there could also be ramifications for the health and safety of other officers and members of the public.
The medical suitability of applicants is judged on individual circumstances.
To obtain further advice on medical issues:
- Contact one of the PEMS providers. You may be required to obtain specialist medical advice prior to any decision by the assessing PEMS provider. Any medical expenses incurred in establishing your fitness for police duty are your responsibility.
- Should further information be required after speaking with a PEMS provider, you may contact POLICE RECRUITING on 1 300 BE A COP (23 2 267) or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the specifics of your case.
PEMS Directory ( 256Kb )
Prior to submitting your application to join the Queensland Police Service, you are required to undertake a complete medical examination with a Pre-Employment Medical Service (PEMS) provider recognised by the QPS.
You are to take the following document to the PEMS provider on the day of your medical examination:
- Health Assessment Questionnaire ( 270Kb )
- Certificate of Indemnity & Fitness Form ( 424Kb )
The above forms must be completed by you in your own handwriting and provided to the PEMS provider to be completed/signed by both the PEMS provider and yourself on the day of the examination.
Please note: It is important that you provide accurate answers to the Health Assessment Questionnaire to assist in determining your suitability to be a police officer. Failing to provide accurate answers could be deemed an integrity issue and lead to non-selection or the termination of your application.
After successful completion of the medical examination, you can submit an application to join the QPS. Be sure to indicate on your Supporting Documents form which PEMS provider you attended.
A copy of your medical report will be sent from the PEMS provider to Police Recruiting. You will be provided with a copy of this report by the PEMS provider to keep with your other applications records. If you have any questions about the status of your medical report, please contact your PEMS provider.
You must retain a copy of the Certificate of Fitness/Indemnity form, signed by the PEMS provider, to present to the QPS Physical Competency Test (PCT) officers prior to undertaking your PCT.
Please note: Your Medical Examination is only valid for 12 months from the time of completion by the PEMS provider and must be valid for you to commence at the police academy.
Queensland Police Service Approved Pre-Employment Medical Services (PEMS)
- Jobfit Health Group
All areas: $170 (+GST)
- Medibank Health Solutions
Metro: $190 (+GST)
Regional (Darwin & Townsville): $219.50 (+GST)
- Recovre Pty Ltd
All areas: $190 (+GST)
* Costs are for a full Medical Health Assessment, including the Certificate of Fitness.
* Prices quoted are correct at the time of writing. The QPS accepts no responsibility for any anomalies in these costs. Applicants should make their own enquiries to obtain correct and accurate information.
The Queensland Police Service is under no obligation to accept responsibility for any expenses incurred, which must be met by the applicant/potential applicant.
Last Updated: 21/02/2014