Federal Police Officer

Police officers working for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are responsible for policing federal law in all states and territories, and for community policing in the ACT and Australia's external territories. The AFP is the chief source of advice to the Australian Government on policing issues, as it enforces Commonwealth criminal law and protects the Commonwealth and national interests.

Federal Police Officer

Federal Police Officer

Roles and responsibilities

What does a Federal Police Officer do?
Federal Police Officers may perform the following tasks:
  • investigate and prosecute offences committed against the Commonwealth in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime; environmental offences; drug trafficking; fraud; counterfeiting and terrorism
  • confiscate proceeds of crime when an offender is convicted
  • carry out VIP and diplomatic protection duties as directed
  • protect police witnesses and investigate the unlawful disclosure of government information and official corruption
  • work in joint operations with state and territory police
  • liaise with other police forces and crime prevention institutions to combat international crime
  • contribute to United Nations activities such as peacekeeping and international aid programmes
  • undertake clerical and administrative duties.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • of sound character
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a full, unrestricted manual vehicle drivers licence
  • able to satisfy medical and fitness requirements
  • Australian citizenship.
What does a Federal Police Officer do?
Federal Police Officers may perform the following tasks:
  • investigate and prosecute offences committed against the Commonwealth in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime; environmental offences; drug trafficking; fraud; counterfeiting and terrorism
  • confiscate proceeds of crime when an offender is convicted
  • carry out VIP and diplomatic protection duties as directed
  • protect police witnesses and investigate the unlawful disclosure of government information and official corruption
  • work in joint operations with state and territory police
  • liaise with other police forces and crime prevention institutions to combat international crime
  • contribute to United Nations activities such as peacekeeping and international aid programmes
  • undertake clerical and administrative duties.
What personal requirements will you need?
  • of sound character
  • at least 18 years of age
  • a full, unrestricted manual vehicle drivers licence
  • able to satisfy medical and fitness requirements
  • Australian citizenship.
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Federal Police Officer

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