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Eligibility

For a limited time only, South Australia Police is accepting applications without the pre-requisite of prior completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA.

You can APPLY NOW and after we have reviewed your application, you will be invited to sit the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA at no cost to you.

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.

Citizenship

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

Age

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.

Licence

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.

Health

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.

Prior to commencement at the Academy successful applicants are required to have an approved vaccination status in compliance with current directions of the Commissioner of Police.  Evidence of vaccination will be required (COVID-19).

Eye sight

  • 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.
  • If you are aware that you have abnormal colour vision, please refer to the medical standards below.

Read more about our medical standards.

Fitness

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.

SA Police Recruitment Test (TAFE SA)

For a limited time only, South Australia Police is accepting applications without the pre-requisite of prior completion of the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA.

You can APPLY NOW and after we have reviewed your application, you will be invited to sit the SAPOL Recruitment Test with TAFE SA, at no cost to you.

The SA Police Recruitment Test covers the minimum requirements for reading, literacy and numeracy.

The current pass marks for the SA Police Recruitment Test for police officers are:

  • Reading: 70%
  • Writing: 70%
  • Spelling: 60%
  • Numeracy: 65%

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.

First aid

As a police officer, you need to have a current basic first aid certificate prior to commencing at 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).

COVID-19 vaccination

Prior to commencement at the Academy successful applicants are required to have an approved vaccination status in compliance with current directions of the Commissioner of Police.  Evidence of vaccination will be required (COVID-19).

Dress standards

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.