Eligibility

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 can begin your cadet training. 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 and 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 medical and physical examinations 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 our medical standards

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.

Education

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.

First aid

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:

  • 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.

Your training should cover bleeding control and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Recruitment test

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:

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

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.