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International applicants

South Australia Police – International Recruitment

Experienced Police Officers from New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Ireland – we’re looking at YOU!

South Australia Police is excited to announce it is preparing an international recruitment drive focusing on these three countries.

For currently serving police officers who are permanently appointed in the New Zealand, UK, and Ireland, streamlined Recruit Transition Courses (RTC) will be available from June 2024.

Love where you live and discover the diverse and captivating wonders of South Australia! From the vibrant city of Adelaide with its thriving arts scene and world-class dining, to the breathtaking landscapes of the Flinders Ranges and the iconic beauty of Kangaroo Island's wildlife, South Australia has it all. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a food and wine enthusiast, or a nature lover, South Australia promises an unforgettable journey of exploration and delight. Come experience the magic of South Australia today!

New Zealand Police Officers - Applications are open now

Eligibility - Applicants for the Recruit Transition Course (RTC) in 2024 must -

  • Complete a series of assessments to ensure suitability,
  • Be a current and active serving police officer within New Zealand,
  • Be permanently appointed as a police officer (not on probation) with a minimum of three years’ experience.

Recruiting Process

  • Applicants for the RTC will complete all aspects of the International Recruitment Process.
  • Our recruitment process for New Zealand officers can be completed remotely. If you have any other questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact our Recruiting Section.

Relocation support - Successful applicants will be eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses of up to $10,000 (subject to Terms & Conditions).

Postings - Successful applicants will be asked to provide their posting preferences (metropolitan and country).

Recognition of Prior Service

  • Prior service will only be recognised for applicants who at the time of submitting their application to SAPOL, have been continuously and actively employed as a police officer for a minimum of three years within the previous five year period, not including initial recruit training or career breaks.
  • This policy is used to determine the minimum probationary period and for calculating the advancement of pay increments at the rank of Constable.
  • SAPOL will acknowledge 50% of the former continuous and active police service with an approved jurisdiction, at permanent appointment with SAPOL. A maximum credit applicable with SAPOL will be limited to seven years' service.

Recognition of Prior Learning

  • To be eligible under this policy the applicant must have held a substantive rank of Sergeant or above in their previous police service (periods of relieving or acting rank will not be considered).
  • Eligible applicants can apply to be appointed to the rank of Senior Constable increment 1 upon completion of their designated probationary period.


  • The probationary period will be paid at the rank of Probationary Constable. Please note shift penalties are paid in addition to base salary.
  • After successful completion of the probationary period, officers will be appointed and paid at the rank and increment determined from their recognition of prior service and learning.
  • Current salaries for South Australia Police


  • The application form and Statement of Personal Health and Circumstances can be downloaded here.
  • In addition to the application documentation, applicants must also supply the following documents:
    • Police service record.
    • Police training record.
    • Sick and absence leave record.
    • Conduct / disciplinary record.
United Kingdom and Ireland Police Officers

Expressions of Interest – Serving officers from United Kingdom and Ireland

For United Kingdom and Ireland - If you are eager to make the change and join us at South Australia Police, we would love to hear from you! You are invited to register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch regarding next steps.

You can find the Expression of Interest form here

In the meantime, why not take a look at southaustralia.com or australia.com for more information on living and working in South Australia?

Please contact our recruiting team if you have any further enquiries: SAPOLRecruiting@police.sa.gov.au