Self assessment checklist

A career with SA Police can be both highly challenging and deeply rewarding. Our entry requirements aim to help you assess whether you’re right for the job.

If you’re thinking of applying for a role as either a police officer or a protective security officer, our quick self-assessment checklist will help you confirm your eligibility.

Are you an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or do you hold Australian permanent residency?

You must either be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold Australian permanent residency to join SA Police.

Are you 18 years of age or older?

You need to be at least 18 years old before starting your training.

Have you successfully completed Year 12 or undertaken equivalent studies?

Completion of Year 12 or equivalent is highly desirable. If you haven’t completed Year 12, we will take into consideration evidence of your ability to cope with the academic aspects of recruit training and the demands of police and protective security officer duties.

Have you successfully completed the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA)?

All applications are required to contain evidence of successful completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA). This test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy and literacy.

University graduates holding a bachelor's degree or higher from an Australian university (recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework) are not required to complete the SAPOL Recruitment Test (TAFE SA) before submitting an application. Applicants who have achieved an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 70 or more also do not have to complete the test before submitting an application. You will still be required to complete the test, however the testing is conducted by SAPOL Recruiting Section after submission of your application.

Have you achieved an ATAR of 70 or more or do you hold a bachelor’s degree from an Australian university?

Before submitting your application, we’ll require you to sit the SA Police Recruitment Test, conducted by TAFE SA. If you’re unable to complete the test due to your location, or if you have any other questions concerning the test, please contact our Recruitment Section.

Do you hold a current C class (car) Australian driver’s licence?

You must hold a current car class driver’s licence. This can be a full licence or provisional licence but if you hold a provisional licence you must not have accrued any demerit points or be on a Safer Driver Agreement. Protective Security Officer applicants must hold a P2 licence or full licence. You should speak to the staff at Recruiting Section for further information about how this might impact on your application.

Do you have experience driving both automatic and manual vehicles?

You need to be able to drive both manual and automatic vehicles prior to commencing at the Police Academy. You might be able to ask family or friends to assist you gaining some experience with a manual vehicle if required.

Do you hold a current provisional driver’s licence, and have you not accrued any demerit points?

Before applying for a position, you need to hold a C class (car) Australian driver’s licence. A provisional licence is also acceptable; however, you must not have accrued any demerit points or be on a Safer Driver Agreement. You should speak to the staff at Recruiting Section for further information about how this might impact on your application.

Do you have any previous convictions, cautions or driving offences?

The total number and circumstances surrounding any previous cautions or convictions may impact your ability to join SA Police. Before applying, please contact our Recruitment Section to discuss your situation.

Do you have a current first aid certificate?

Before graduating from the Police Academy, you will need to obtain a current basic first aid certificate. You can do so by completing a one-day course with one of the following organisations or an accredited organisation of your choice:

  • St John Ambulance Australia – (08) 8306 6900
  • Australian Red Cross – (08) 8293 9200 or 1300 36 7428
  • Royal Life Saving Society – (08) 8210 4500
  • Surf Life Saving SA - (08) 8354 6900

As part of the recruitment process, we’ll assess you on your computer competencies. You need to have a good, working knowledge of the basic functions of Microsoft Windows 7. We also require a typing speed of at least 26 words per minute with 96% accuracy.

As part of your computer competency assessment you will be required to use Microsoft Windows 7. You can download details about the basic computer skills requirements (PDF, 98kb). You can also test your skills using our sample tests.

Are you medically and physically fit?

In your role as an officer, you’ll need to maintain a high level of fitness to meet the physical demands of the job. Throughout the recruitment process, we’ll require you to undergo medical and physical examinations to evaluate your fitness level.

Read more about our medical standards

Read more about our medical standards

Do you have good eyesight? Your visual acuity needs to be 6/9 or better (with or without correction) AND 6/18 or better in your worse eye without correction.

To apply for a role with SA Police, you need to meet these minimum eyesight requirements. Before applying, please contact our Recruitment Section to discuss your situation.

Do you have an injury or disability that could prevent you from performing your policing duties?

As an officer, you’ll need to be able and fit enough to work in a demanding and physically challenging role. If your health prevents you from performing these duties, a role in policing may not be right for you. Fortunately, a number of other exciting career opportunities are available within SA Police. Please contact our Recruitment Section to discuss your options.

Congratulations, you have completed the checklist!

If we advised you to contact Recruiting Section or you are yet to achieve one of the pre-application requirements then don’t hesitate to discuss your circumstances with one of our Recruiting staff. Alternatively you can attend one of our pre-application information seminars.

If you are ready to apply and think you may have what it takes to be a great police officer / protective security officer / community constable with SA Police visit Application resources to access the forms and instructions to get your application started.