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Recruitment process

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SA Police is currently recruiting police officers and protective security officers. Watch our latest recruiting video

Looking for the fitness test video? Click on the Physical and agility testing heading below. Please note the test must now be completed in under 2 minutes 30 seconds to be competitive.

Although a career in policing can be rewarding, it can also be tough. To meet the challenging demands of the job, you need to embody the values and potential that’s necessary to succeed as a police officer.

Once you’ve determined that you meet our eligibility criteria and submitted your application, you’ll undergo a rigorous recruitment process that aims to determine whether you’re right for the job.

Our quick self-assessment checklist can help you confirm your eligibility.

Complete checklist

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%
Evaluation and testing

We will evaluate your application to ensure you meet SA Police’s eligibility criteria. If you do, we’ll invite you to attend an evaluation and testing session at our police headquarters (100 Angas St, Adelaide).

These sessions usually take place on Mondays and include completing the IQ test and a personality profile.

Panel interview

After evaluation of your testing, we may invite you to attend a panel interview. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate the necessary qualities and qualifications to succeed in a career as a police officer, such as:

  • leadership
  • decisiveness
  • problem-solving
  • stress management
  • integrity
  • courage
  • respect.

To help assess your personal values, beliefs and attitudes, we’ll ask about and draw on examples from your education, workplaces, social interaction, community interests, and general life experience.

Medical examination

To participate in academy training and police duties, you need to meet required medical standards. Our Police Medical Section will conduct a medical examination to ensure you meet these 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).

Read more about our medical standards

Physical and agility testing

To carry out policing duties, you must complete our ‘fit for duty’ fitness test. As part of this test, you’ll wear a 10kg vest and complete the following exercises:

  • run 80 metres
  • run 25 metres carrying two 15kg weights
  • cross a slippery balance beam
  • do 20 step-ups
  • climb over a one-metre-tall fence
  • drop to the ground and stand up five times
  • collect a training firearm and pull the trigger 13 times with each hand.

At the start of the test, we’ll give you five physical characteristics to remember (for example, gender or hair colour), and you’ll need to recall at least three of these once you’ve finished.

The test is challenging, so it’s best to start a gradual cardiovascular exercise program in preparation. To be competitive, you need to complete the test in less than two minutes and thirty seconds. Police cadets must also achieve this level to graduate from academy training and the Constable Development Program.

Check out our fit for duty test in action below to see what’s involved.


Our selection board will carefully review your application and will make a decision regarding an offer of employment based on the results of your testing and evaluation during the recruitment process. If the board selects you, we will contact you and provide all the information about when your training will begin.

Please note that successful completion of all tests does not guarantee selection.

Country and interstate applicants

We understand that, due to geographical restrictions, interstate applicants and those living in regional South Australia may have difficulty attending our standard testing program.

Once we accept your application, we’ll invite you to undertake some components of the initial testing remotely. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will then be invited to a four-day recruitment event that takes place at our police headquarters. You’ll begin with the SA Police Recruitment Test on Monday and complete all other required testing and evaluations over the next four days.

If you have any other questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact our Recruiting Section or view the Pre-Application Seminar video below: