A career with SA Police is both highly challenging and deeply rewarding. As a police officer, you’ll need to be able to handle a variety of tasks – from routine paperwork to managing violent, difficult or distressing situations. That’s why we value and look for specific skills and qualities in all our candidates.
Can you show leadership, act decisively, communicate clearly, and solve problems? Do you have the courage to maintain strength in the face of adversity? Can you demonstrate integrity, initiative, sound judgement, respect and strength of character?
Whether you’re a school leaver or currently in the workforce and looking for a change, if you think you’re ready for the challenge of becoming a police officer, we want to hear from you.
Before applying, learn more about the entry requirements for SA Police below. Our quick self-assessment checklist can also help you confirm your eligibility.
You must either be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold Australian permanent residency to join SA Police.
You need to be at least 18 years old before you submit an application. There is no upper age limit – all applicants undergo the same application and testing process.
To apply for a position as a police officer, you need to hold a C class (car) Australian driver’s licence and have experience driving both manual and automatic vehicles.
A provisional licence is also acceptable; however, you must not have accrued any demerit points or be on a Safer Driver Agreement.
To participate in academy training and police duties, you'll need to meet the required medical standards. Your health, including medical conditions and medications will be assessed to ensure you meet the required standards.
Read more about our medical standards.
As a police officer, you’ll need to maintain a high level of fitness to meet the physical demands of the job. Throughout the recruitment process, we will carry out physical examinations, including the 'Fit for duty' test, to evaluate your fitness level.
Applicants over the age of 40 will need to undertake an exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) before participating in physical testing.
Read more about the 'Fit for duty' test and the physical testing you will undertake during the recruitment process.
Completion of Year 12 or equivalent is highly desirable. If you haven’t completed Year 12, we will consider other evidence of your ability to cope with the academic aspects of recruit training and the demands of police duties.
As a police officer, you need to have a current basic first aid certificate before graduating the Police Academy. You can get this by completing a one-day course with one of the following organisations or an accredited organisation of your choice:
Your training should cover bleeding control and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
SA Police has a dress standards policy which includes the requirements relating to visible tattoos and body art.
The policy does not automatically exclude persons with tattoos and body art from applying. However, under the policy, employees with visible tattoos or body art are required to cover the tattoos or body art whilst on duty by wearing long sleeve shirts or other suitable coverings.
Prior to submitting your application, applicants are required to successfully complete the SA Police Recruitment Test with TAFE SA. The SA Police Recruitment Test covers the minimum requirements for reading, numeracy, literacy and computer competency. The current pass marks for the SA Police Recruitment Test for police officers are:
Applicants who have achieved an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 70 or above OR are 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. You will still be required to complete the test, however the testing is conducted by SAPOL Recruiting Section after submission of your application.
Country and interstate applicants will undertake the SA Police Recruitment Test with the Recruiting Section during their testing week in Adelaide and are not required to sit the test with TAFE SA prior to submitting an application.