Australian Police

Australian Police

The Thin Blue Line – Australian Police

Professional Suitability Criteria


The criteria include:

  • Health and fitness to fully perform the inherent requirements of operational policing duties (including evidence of commencement of Hep B immunisation, hearing and visual acuity standards).
  • Appropriate behavioural background – based upon assessment of criminal, traffic, employment history and other relevant data
  • Current motor vehicle driver’s licence (Green P-Plates are required before entry into trimester 3)
  • Current senior first aid certificate including proficiency in the use of a laerdal mask or evidence of industry based experience (eg nursing).
  • Proof of ability to swim 100 metres (continuously, unaided and in any stroke)
  • Certification of ability to type minimum 25 words per minute with 98% accuracy
  • Copy of birth certificate/proof of citizenship (must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status)
  • 3 personal character references (not work related or from current serving Police Officer’s)

Failure to declare information or correct information in the professional suitability application, may result in an application being rejected.


  1. Undergraduate entry: The first year of the course can be studied full time, which comprises two 14-week residential blocks at the NSW Police College, Goulburn and a 14-week field placement.
    Suitable education requirements to enrol in this course include UAI 66 or Trade Certificate or Level 4 certificate from TAFE or relevant management experience.
  2. Distance Education: The first year is studied on a part-time basis from home, followed by a 14-week residential block in Goulburn.
  3. Graduate entry: Graduates from other tertiary-based studies are only required to complete a three-week field placement immediately prior to one 14-week residential block in Goulburn.
  4. Enabling program: This program is offered to applicants who may not be academically eligible to study the Diploma. Upon satisfactory completion of this program you may be eligible for undergraduate entry.
    Applicants may apply for a scholarship to assist them through the first year of the Diploma. In the second year, if successful, they will earn salary as a Probationary Constable in the New South Wales Police Force.
  5. Charles Sturt University also offers the Bachelor of Justice Studies. This undergraduate course provides greater flexibility for applicants choosing to achieve a higher qualification before taking on the full-time demands of a police officer. The final semester of this course is undertaken at the NSW Police College in Goulburn.
  6. University Of Western Sydney. In addition to these options, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) offers a Bachelor of Policing degree held at their Bankstown Campus. This is a three-year degree with the final semester undertaken at the New South Wales Police College at Goulburn. Applicants who are successful at that point will then complete 12 months as a Probationary Constable, whilst undertaking further training and assessment.
    The degree focuses on studies in policing, with some of the electives in computing, criminology, law, politics, psychology, security, sociology, welfare studies and youth work. The degree qualification is gained before entry into the NSW Police Force and includes practical placements with the NSW Police Force, other government departments and community agencies. The degree is taught jointly by UWS lectures and serving police officers. It can lead to post-graduate studies in specialised areas of policing and offers students the choice of an honours program.
    The degree is suitable for HSC graduates with a UAI of 70 or above and mature age students who would prefer on-campus study in the Sydney metropolitan area. Applications for the Bachelor of Policing at UWS should be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Whatever entry point best suits your circumstances, they will all bring you to the point of completing your final semester (prior to field-based studies) at Goulburn where you will be able to be sworn in at an attestation parade.
Irrespective of the educational mode or entry point, before police employment is considered, every person must satisfy PROFESSIONAL SUITABILITY CRITERIA.

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