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Interstate Transition

South Australia Police is currently offering generous relocation incentives and pay to experienced, currently serving Police Officers from all over Australia!

As a Police Officer with South Australia Police you will be backed by a supportive team fostering a strong culture with fantastic career progression and development opportunities.

Learn more about the benefits of a role with South Australia Police, or apply now to take charge of your policing career.

SA is home to Australia’s ‘best beach’, the country’s finest wine, outback mountain ranges and a thriving arts scene. If you’re chasing a friendlier, more laid back lifestyle, with a much lower cost of living then why not consider making the move south?

SA makes a great place to raise a family and expand your policing journey.

Note: If you are an experienced police officer from New Zealand and are interested in joining SAPOL then click here to view the process and incentives.


In addition to SAPOL's normal police officer eligibility criteria, applicants for the SAPOL Transition Program must have a minimum of three years continuous and active service within the past five years within Australia (not including any initial training period).

Recruiting Process

  • Applicants for the SAPOL Transition Program will complete all aspects of the Interstate recruitment process.
  • Our recruitment process for the SAPOL Transition Program can be completed remotely. It includes:
    • Preliminary telephone interview.
    • Personality, aptitude and literacy testing.
    • Panel interview.
    • Psychological and Medical assessments.
  • 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).


Successful applicants will be asked to provide their posting preferences (metropolitan and country). However, all applicants need to be aware 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, 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 found 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.

Transition Training

  • Successful applicants will undertake a 15-week transition course at the South Australia Police Academy with SAPOL Transition Programs being offered in 2024.
  • The Talent Acquisition team will confirm your place on a transition program course upon successful completion of the recruiting process.
  • You will be required to attend during business hours from Monday to Friday (unless advised otherwise).
  • You will be responsible for organising your accommodation in South Australia. SAPOL have engaged with an extended network of real estate and property managers located across the State who are keen to help you find short and/or longer term accommodation in preparation for your arrival in South Australia.
  • The program content is primarily focussed on the first responder policing role and the SAPOL Transition Program has been specifically designed to cater for your prior policing experience and knowledge. Learning will allow for reflection on the individual’s prior knowledge while contextualising it to the South Australian policing environment and teaching strategies encourage participants to take responsibility for their learning through conducting research, accessing, interpreting and evaluating information.
  • Training and assessment will blend skills based training with theoretical content and will focus on a holistic approach to the management of policing incidents. The course will include operational safety training in the use of police firearms and driving police vehicles as well as defensive tactics and a variety of operational equipment.

Need further assistance?

Thank you for considering South Australia Police. Our Talent Acquisition team are available to provide advice and guidance as you navigate your way through the recruitment assessment process.

You are encouraged to contact our Talent Acquisition team for further information via email: SAPOLRecruiting@police.sa.gov.au or phone +61 8 7322 3353.