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Interstate Transition

Adelaide is the most liveable city in Australia, third most liveable in the world. It’s the best place to live and work, so apply to join SA Police today! A relocation allowance will be paid to all successful applicants, with recognition of prior service and prior learning, and a streamlined transition training course for officers currently serving and permanently appointed in other Australian jurisdictions and in New Zealand.


In addition to SAPOL's normal police officer eligibility criteria, applicants for the Recruit Transition Course (RTC) must be -

  • A current and actively serving police officer within Australia or New Zealand,  and
  • be permanently appointed as a police officer (not on probation).

Recruiting Process

  • Applicants for the RTC will complete all aspects of the recruitment process.
  • Initial testing will be conducted online. Applicants who progress through initial testing will then be invited to Adelaide for up to four days, to complete the remainder of the recruitment process.

Relocation Allowance

  • A relocation allowance will be paid to all successful applicants. This is currently $4,442.

Academy Training

  • Recruits will undertake a 12-week transition course at the South Australia Police Academy.
  • There is no onsite accommodation at the Police Academy and recruits will be required to attend during business hours from Monday to Friday (unless advised otherwise).

Probationary Period

  • Upon graduation from the Police Academy, recruits will be posted to a general duties position and undertake a probationary period as a Probationary Constable.
  • Probationary periods are calculated on the basis of an applicant's previous police service history, and may be either six, nine or twelve months.


  • Successful applicants will be asked to provide their posting preferences (metropolitan and country), however all applicants need to be aware that they may be posted to any location within South Australia.

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. 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 Senior Constable 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.


  • Police academy training will be paid at the rank of Cadet.
  • 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.

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Country policing provides a sense of community, varied experiences and great development opportunities. Officers posted to the country also receive financial incentives and additional leave days.