Join the AFP’s Protective Service Officers for a Rewarding and Exciting Career

Australia, Police


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is currently running one of its biggest recruitment campaigns, calling for applications from individuals interested in becoming Protective Service Officers (PSOs). This rewarding and exciting career offers opportunities to work across Australia, both in metropolitan cities and regional areas, as well as the chance to be part of the agency’s global operations.

PSOs play a crucial frontline role in protecting the community and Commonwealth infrastructure. They provide armed first-response capabilities at various locations, including Parliament House in Canberra, major Australian airports, Defence sites, and other critical infrastructure facilities.

The AFP is seeking recruits from diverse backgrounds, emphasizing the importance of serving and protecting local and national communities. Prospective PSOs should possess good fitness and health, a sense of adventure, and a willingness to adapt and learn.

Applications for the PSO recruitment campaign will close on June 28. Eligible applicants must be Australian citizens over the age of 18, hold a minimum education level of Year 10 Certificate, and have relevant work experience or vocational education qualifications. They should also possess current first aid and CPR certifications and be able to swim 100m freestyle.

Recruits will receive a wage while attending the AFP College in Canberra, with meals and accommodation fees covered. Upon graduation, PSOs will receive a starting salary of $72,690 (inclusive of 22% composite), along with overtime and penalties. Those deployed to remote locations such as Pine Gap, Exmouth, and Geraldton will receive additional allowances.

The AFP prioritizes work-life balance for PSOs by providing rosters months in advance. This approach allows them to make the most of their annual recreational leave and mandatory rest days. PSOs willing to deploy to remote locations may also have the opportunity to advance more quickly through advancement courses.

The AFP highlights several case studies to showcase the diverse experiences of PSOs. One example is Will, who transitioned from being a baggage handler at Gold Coast Airport to becoming a PSO responsible for protecting the traveling public. Another case study features Joel, a PSO deployed to Pine Gap and later joining the Darwin Canine team, where he enjoys working with a specially trained dog and positively engaging with the community.

The AFP also highlights the international opportunities available to PSOs, as shown by Bailey’s deployment to the Solomon Islands to assist with the safe and secure Pacific Games. Additionally, PSOs actively engage with the community, as demonstrated by their visit to Holy Trinity Primary School in Eltham North, where they interacted with students and showcased their capabilities.

Kurt, the officer in charge of AFP PSOs in Geraldton, emphasizes the importance of local applicants, as they bring existing support networks and familiarity with the area. However, the AFP also provides assistance to those who relocate for the role.