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Employment Entitlements

Queensland police officers enjoy a range of attractive benefits and conditions.

Under a Contract of Employment, Police Recruits receive an allowance of $1,448.44* gross per fortnight (pro rata $37,788.80 per annum), which is 70 per cent of a First Year Constable's base salary.

The starting salary of a First Year Constable is $53,984.00* per annum, plus an Operational Shift Allowance (OSA) of 21%.

OSA is a fortnightly allowance which is paid to employees who equitably participate in a two or three shift roster over seven days per week. This allowance is for all shift work (other than night shifts which attract payment of Night Operational Shift Allowance, or NOSA), weekends, public holidays, and in lieu of annual leave loading.

NOSA is 15% of the employee's base rate per shift, and is in addition to the OSA. It is paid to employees on OSA for the duration of each shift worked commencing on or between the hours of 6pm and 2am Monday to Sunday, including public holidays.

There are also significant benefits to serving in remote areas of Queensland.

Other benefits include:

  • 6 weeks holidays per year
  • 13 weeks long service leave, accessible after 10 years service
  • a 38 hour working week, that’s 9 days off in every 28 day roster
  • overtime paid for work beyond rostered hours
  • 114 hours sick leave per year, additional sick leave may be available
  • access to paid parental and maternity leave
  • access to leave for carers, bereavement or emergency reasons, Australian Defence Force Reserves, study and sporting commitments
  • free supply of uniform
  • access to a wide variety of training opportunities
  • additional travel allowances and financial incentives for officers working in remote areas
  • the security of being a member of the QSuper superannuation scheme with 18% employer superannuation contributions and 6% employee contributions. Upon induction, constables commence as members of the QSuper superannuation scheme. Membership is a compulsory condition of employment and the standard rate of contribution is 6% of salary. Members of other Queensland Government superannuation schemes have established portability arrangements with QSuper to allow for the transfer of benefits. However, members of interstate superannuation schemes should enquire whether transfer of benefits could be arranged to the QSuper scheme or preserved in the existing scheme until retirement. Further information is available from QSuper on 1300 360 750 or visit

* Wage effective from 1 July 2014; indicative figure only, may change without notice.

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Last Updated: 03/07/2014