AFP Recruits Protective Service Officers in Massive Recruitment Campaign

Australia, Police

Article: The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is embarking on one of its largest recruitment campaigns to attract new applicants for the role of Protective Service Officers (PSOs). With the application deadline closing soon, the AFP is reminding Australians of the rewarding and exciting career opportunities available in this field.

PSOs play a crucial frontline role in safeguarding the community and protecting critical infrastructure across the country. They provide armed first-response capabilities at various locations, including Parliament House, major airports, defense facilities, and other vital sites. This expansion campaign aims to add to the current workforce of over 800 AFP PSOs.

The recruitment drive offers a diverse range of opportunities, with PSOs stationed in metropolitan cities, regional areas, and even overseas as part of the AFP’s global operations. Regional work options are available in Cairns, Gold Coast, Geraldton, Exmouth, and Pine Gap. The AFP is seeking applicants from various backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of a desire to serve and protect, physical fitness, adaptability, and a sense of adventure.

To be eligible for the position, applicants must be Australian citizens, over 18 years of age, hold a minimum education level of Year 10 Certificate, and possess relevant work experience or vocational qualifications. Current first aid, CPR certifications, and the ability to swim 100m freestyle are also required.

Successful recruits will receive a wage during their training at the AFP College in Canberra, with meals and accommodation covered. After graduation, PSOs will receive a salary of $72,690 (inclusive of 22% composite) plus overtime and penalties. Those deployed to remote locations will receive additional allowances.

In addition to the competitive salary and benefits, PSOs enjoy a favorable work/life balance with rosters provided months in advance, allowing for optimal utilization of annual recreational leave and rest days. The AFP also prioritizes career advancement for PSOs willing to deploy to remote locations.

The AFP highlights the experiences of current PSOs to showcase the diverse opportunities within the role. Will, a former baggage handler at Gold Coast Airport, transitioned into a PSO role and now protects the traveling public and ensures the safety of Australians. Similarly, Joel, a PSO deployed in Pine Gap and part of the Darwin Canine team, enjoys the fast-paced and self-driven nature of his job, working alongside like-minded individuals.

The AFP also shares the story of Bailey, who was deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2023 for the Pacific Games. This experience allowed him to work collaboratively with various AFP units and partners, such as the Navy and Australian Army, while engaging with locals in Honiara.