Shape your future with the Northern Territory Police

Join the Northern Territory Police and make a difference in our community. 

A career with the NT Police offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging opportunities with excellent remuneration and conditions. For further information contact NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Constable Auxiliary Acpo Accelerated Recruitment program

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2022 recruiting schedule

Commencing

Constable Squad 14925 July 2022
Constable Squad 15014 November 2022
Auxiliary Squad 75 (Communications)14 November 2022
Auxiliary Squad 76 (Frontline)14 November 2022
Constable Squad 1516 March 2023
Auxiliary Squad 77 (Communications)3 April 2023
Auxiliary Squad 78 (Frontline)3 April 2023

Graduating

Auxiliary Squad 735 August 2022
Constable Squad 14626 August 2022
Auxiliary Squad 749 September 2022
ACPO Squad 284 November 2022
Constable Squad 1489 December 2022

Check out our Police Recruitment Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the latest recruitment and events. 

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Constable

From Kakadu to Uluru, policing in the Territory is an experience like no other – it demands many skills both physical and mental. Working as a NT police officer is much more than a job, it’s a rewarding career and lifestyle choice.

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 What is a Constable?

Constables are sworn police officers who enforce the laws of the Northern Territory (NT) and protect and serve the community. Vast and diverse, the NT offers unique challenges and experiences. NT police officers have the opportunity to be a part of the community and to really make a difference.

As a NT police officer you must be prepared for the unexpected. We are looking for mature and responsible people, who can think on their feet, who are resourceful and resilient, and who can solve problems while being compassionate. Applicants who have an interest and a willingness to serve in remote areas are encouraged to apply!

Future opportunities are endless. Once you have gained skills as a uniformed frontline police officer, you are able to study and apply for specialised positions such as Criminal Investigations, Traffic and Major Crash, Intelligence, Crime Scene Examination, Water Police, Mounted Police and Dog Operations.

The NT Police recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthening our capability through diversity and welcome applications from everyone. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

Simply complete our online Application Form 

If you have any questions, you can contact the NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Minimum Requirements

Constables must:

  • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
  • Have either; a Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12 or equivalent); or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills.
  • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Have general computing skills.
  • Have the ability to swim 200m without interruption.
  • Possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
  • Be of good character 
Selection Process

If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Fitness assessment
  • Panel interview
  • Referee checks
  • Pre-employment medical
  • Probity checks.

(Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

Training

The Recruit Constable training course incorporates a minimum of 30 weeks paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah. 

The course is demanding and involves physical training and learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems and much more. 

After graduation, trainees will be posted to varying locations throughout the Northern Territory as sworn Probationary Constables, filling operational policing roles with all the powers of a police officer.  

The probation period extends to the second anniversary of commencement with the NT Police Force. Probationary Constables are required to provide on the job evidence in workplace practicums in order to satisfy probation requirements and be confirmed as a Constable in the NT Police Force.

At the successful completion of all probation requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Diploma of Policing (POL50118) by the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

(Members of the NT Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)

Remuneration and allowances

Police Constables enjoy attractive remuneration which includes a number of allowances: 

RankBase rateInclusive of 20% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
Recruit - first 4 months$61,914Allowance not paid during training
Recruit - after 4 months to graduation$65,628Allowance not paid during training
Constable 1$72,192$90,240

Allowances

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 20% of the officer’s annual salary. Payment of this allowance starts at the commencement of duties at their geographical location at the completion of training.

General policing allowance

Officers performing general duties will receive the general policing allowance of 5% of their annual salary.

Night shift allowance

Officers who work regular rostered shift work, will be paid an allowance of 15% of the officer’s base annual salary converted to an hourly rate and paid for each night shift actually worked.

The above allowances do not apply to Recruit Constables.

Accommodation

Depending on family composition, the NTPF provides all Police Constables and Aboriginal Community Police Officers (including Recruit Constables) with either barracks accommodation, free departmental accommodation or a housing allowance. If you or your partner are purchasing a property in the location in which you are stationed or you choose not to accept an offer of an approved dwelling, your entitlement will be to the housing allowance.

Housing allowance

The housing allowance is a taxable allowance that is currently $ 27,056.00 per annum.

The allowance is paid per fortnight to officers who choose to provide their own accommodation, either renting or buying. This allowance is subject to regular reviews in conjunction with any CPI increases and is also subject to PAYG tax.

Relocation expenses

Relocation assistance, up to $5000, may be available, however, any such assistance will be in the form of reimbursement only, upon provision of satisfactory evidence of expenditure incurred.

Recruit Constables with one or more dependants may seek reimbursement up to an additional $3000.

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Auxiliary Police Officer

Have you ever walked into a police station in the Northern Territory to make an enquiry or report an incident, or ever called Triple 000 for police assistance? If so, it is likely the first person you spoke to was an Auxiliary police officer.

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What is an Auxiliary police officer?

The Police Auxiliary Scheme was introduced in 1992. The aim was to employ sworn officers for police duties, in support of frontline police and to be the main point of contact for members of the public.

There are two streams of employment:

  • Communications
  • Frontline 


The opportunities and duties available to frontline auxiliaries include: 

  • Front counter
  • Watch house
  • Court guard
  • Liquor inspector


After completing an initial posting, opportunities to specialise in other fields may also be available. These duties could include: 

  • Road policing
  • Intelligence
  • School based policing.

 

The Northern Territory Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and  welcome applications from everyone. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

Simply complete our online Application Form 

If you have any questions, you can contact the NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Minimum Requirements

Auxiliary applicants must:

  • at the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age
  • be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa
  • have Year 10 or equivalent education level; or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills
  • have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing
  • be physically fit and healthy
  • have general computing skills
  • be of good character
  • possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).

 

In addition applicants for individual streams must meet the following criteria:

Communications 
The ability to obtain a Typing Certificate indicating a typing ability of 40 words per minute with 95% accuracy. Online certificates will not be accepted.

Frontline
Have general computing skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing.

Have an ability to complete the NT Police Fitness Assessment.

Possess a current provisional or open driver's licence to drive a manual vehicle.

Selection Process

If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Panel interview
  • Fitness assessment (frontline auxiliaries only)
  • Frontline Support Auxiliaries
  • Referee checks
  • Pre-employment medical
  • Probity checks

(Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

Training

The Recruit Auxiliary training course is delivered by staff from the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services College. Recruits are provided the initial induction and instruction into the NT Police Force Auxiliary roles and are paid for the duration of the training, which ranges between a minimum of 7-13 weeks, dependent on the stream applied for.

After successful completion of the course, Auxiliary police officers will be placed in their specific stream in their nominated regional centre (Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs or Tennant Creek) where the remainder of the 12 months probation is served.

 

Remuneration and allowances

Police Auxiliary Officers enjoy attractive remuneration which includes a number of allowances: 

RankBase rateInclusive of 20% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
Recruit Auxiliary$59,237Allowance not paid during training
Auxiliary Year 1$59,237$73,046

Allowances

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 20% of the officer’s annual salary. Payment of this allowance starts at the commencement of duties at their geographical location at the completion of training.

General policing allowance

Officers performing general duties will receive the general policing allowance of 5% of their annual salary.

Night shift allowance

Officers who work regular rostered shift work, will be paid an allowance of 15% of the officer’s base annual salary converted to an hourly rate and paid for each night shift actually worked.

The above allowances do not apply to Recruit Auxiliaries.

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Aboriginal Community Police Officer

Your life. Your community. Your career. Want to help people in communities, be a role model and have a rewarding career? Then a career as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO) is for you.

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What is an Aboriginal Community Police Officer?

Aboriginal Community Police Officers (ACPO) are uniformed sworn police officers who provide communication and liaison with local indigenous communities. They enforce the laws of the Northern Territory and protect and serve the public.

As an ACPO you are a role model and an advocate for cross-cultural awareness. You have an opportunity to make a difference and to improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues.

There are many opportunities for future development, including study and qualifications, service in remote localities and community engagement. Support is offered to members who wish to transition to the Constable role.

The NT Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and therefore welcome applications from the entire community. 

How do I apply?

Simply complete our online Application Form 

If you have any questions, you can contact the NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Minimum Requirements

ACPO applicants must:

  • Be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
  • Have Year 10 or equivalent education level; or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills.
  • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Have general computing skills.
  • Possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
  • Be of good character
Selection Process

If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Fitness assessment
  • Panel interview
  • Referee checks
  • Pre-employment medical
  • Probity checks.

(Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

Training

The ACPO training course incorporates a minimum of 22 weeks paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.  

The course is demanding and involves physical training and learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems, communications and much more.  

After graduation, graduates will be posted to one of the Northern Territory’s various police stations as a sworn ACPO. ACPOs will be subject to a probation period of 12 months from commencement.  

Probationary ACPOs will be required to submit on-the-job evidence in a workplace practicum in order to be confirmed as an ACPO. At the successful completion of all probation requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Certificate III in Aboriginal Community Policing (POL30119) by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

(Members of the Northern Territory Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)

 

Remuneration and allowances

Aboriginal Community Police Officers enjoy attractive remuneration which includes a number of allowances: 

RankBase rateInclusive of 20% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
Recruit ACPO$59,237Allowance not paid during training
ACPO Year 1$59,237$74,046

Allowances

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 20% of the officer’s annual salary. Payment of this allowance starts at the commencement of duties at their geographical location at the completion of training.

General policing allowance

Officers performing general duties will receive the general policing allowance of 5% of their annual salary.

Night shift allowance

Officers who work regular rostered shift work, will be paid an allowance of 15% of the officer’s base annual salary converted to an hourly rate and paid for each night shift actually worked.

The above allowances do not apply to Recruit ACPOs.

Accommodation

Dependant on family composition, the NTPF provides all Police Constables and Aboriginal Community Police Officers, including Recruit Constables, with either barracks accommodation, free departmental accommodation or a housing allowance. If you or your partner are purchasing a property in the location in which you are stationed or you choose not to accept an offer of an approved dwelling, your entitlement will be to the housing allowance.

Housing allowance

The housing allowance is a taxable allowance that is currently $ 27,056.00 per annum.

The allowance is paid per fortnight to officers who choose to provide their own accommodation, either renting or buying. This allowance is subject to regular reviews in conjunction with any CPI increases and is also subject to PAYG tax.

Relocation expenses

Relocation assistance, up to $5000, may be available, however, any such assistance will be in the form of reimbursement only, upon provision of satisfactory evidence of expenditure incurred.

Recruit Constables with one or more dependants may seek reimbursement up to an additional $3000.

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Accelerated Recruitment Program

The Northern Territory Police Force conducts an Accelerated Recruitment Program (ARP) for applicants who have current or recent police experience in Australia or New Zealand.

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What is the ARP Program?

As an experienced police officer the Northern Territory will recognise your previous years of service with attractive remuneration. We are seeking applicants who understand the policing role, but who are enthusiastic about facing the unique challenges that the Northern Territory offers due to its vastness and diversity. You will be required to serve a minimum of 12 months in a frontline General Duties position before being eligible to apply for specialist positions.

The Northern Territory Police Force offers an accelerated recruitment pathway for experienced police officers.Upon completion of training, graduates will be posted to varying locations throughout the Northern Territory. 

How do I apply?

Simply complete our online Application Form 

If you have any questions, you can contact the NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Selection Process

On completing their application, applicants are required to produce and attach a detailed police service record from previous police jurisdictions. Once approved the below processes will follow:

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Panel interview
  • Referee checks
  • Pre-employment medical
  • Probity checks.

(Please note: candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing).

Minimum requirements

To be eligible for the Northern Territory Police Force as an Experienced Constable or as a Re-appointee (former NT police officers) applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have obtained the Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), or equivalent.
  • Completed a minimum of two years of service as a police officer, at the rank of Constable or above, within Australia or New Zealand.
  • If no longer a serving member, the application will only be considered if the length of time that has elapsed since the last period of service as a sworn officer is less than five years. 
  • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
  • Have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
  • Have a satisfactory police service record and be of good character 
Training

The Accelerated Recruitment Program is an unabridged paid training course conducted in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.

The course covers an introduction to NT legislation and NT Police policy and procedures, information systems, firearms, operational safety tactics training and includes physical training. After successful completion of the training course members will be posted to one of three major centres (Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs) as determined in the offer of employment.

Remuneration and allowances

Your base salary during training will reflect your current ‘completed’ years of service. For example, if you have completed 3 full years of service you will be paid the equivalent level in the NT for a fourth year Constable. This will maximise at 10 years or greater service.

RankBase rateInclusive of 20% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
3rd year police service$75,108$93,885
4th year police service$76,610$95,763
5th year police service$78,141$97,676
6th year police service$79,704$99,630
7th year police service$81,299$101,624
8th year police service$82,926$103,658
9th year police service$84,583$105,729
10th year police service$86,274$107,843
NOTE: Consolidated allowance and GPA is not paid during training.

Allowances

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 20% of the officer’s annual salary. Payment of this allowance starts at the commencement of duties at their geographical location at the completion of training.

General policing allowance

Officers performing general duties will receive the general policing allowance of 5% of their annual salary.

Night shift allowance

Officers who work regular rostered shift work, will be paid an allowance of 15% of the officer’s base annual salary converted to an hourly rate and paid for each night shift actually worked.

The above allowances do not apply to Recruit Constables.

Accommodation

Dependant on family composition, the NTPF provides all Police Constables and Aboriginal Community Police Officers, including Recruit Constables, with either barracks accommodation, free departmental accommodation or a housing allowance. If you or your partner are purchasing a property in the location in which you are stationed or you choose not to accept an offer of an approved dwelling, your entitlement will be to the housing allowance.

Housing allowance

The housing allowance is a taxable allowance that is currently $27,056.00 per annum.

The allowance is paid per fortnight to officers who choose to provide their own accommodation, either renting or buying. This allowance is subject to regular reviews in conjunction with any CPI increases and is also subject to PAYG tax.

Relocation expenses

Relocation assistance, up to $5000, may be available, however, any such assistance will be in the form of reimbursement only, upon provision of satisfactory evidence of expenditure incurred.

Recruit Constables with one or more dependants may seek reimbursement up to an additional $3000.

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FAQs

More information about recruitment with the Northern Territory Police Force can be found below. If you still haven't found the answer to your question, try the search function up top, email ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

We also have a dedicated Police Recruitment Facebook page - check it out to keep up-to-date on the latest recruitment and events. 

Can I choose the location where I work?

After graduation, trainees will be posted to varying locations throughout the Northern Territory. This posting is determined by organisational requirements not by member choice. It is important to understand that the NT Police must provide a policing service to a range of locations in the NT. 

For this reason, you will be required to accept, as a condition of employment, that the Commissioner may require you to serve at any geographical location in the NT.

Will a criminal record or traffic offence history exclude me from applying?

Applicants must make full disclosure in their application including all criminal and civil proceedings, all spent convictions, all traffic offences including traffic tickets and court appearances, all juvenile offences including police cautions, all Domestic Violence Order History and any bankruptcy proceedings.

If an applicant declares any of these matters their application may be taken before the Integrity Committee. Applicants will be advised and given the opportunity to provide a written response to the Integrity Committee. The Integrity Committee will make a determination about the applicants suitability to proceed, based on available information and relevant internal guidelines. 

If an applicant fails to declare or disclose any matters, their application will be taken before the Integrity Committee and it will be assumed that the failure to disclose was deliberate, unless the applicant can prove otherwise. Applicants who fail to disclose are likely to be permanently excluded from applying to the Northern Territory Police Force.

Does the Northern Territory Police Force sponsor visas?

The Northern Territory Police Force does not sponsor visas. To be eligible to apply applicants must either be Australian or New Zealand Citizens or have Australian Permanent Residence status.

What are the age limits?

Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age on commencement of training. There is no upper age limit however the compulsory retirement age is 65 due to legislative requirements.

What if I have a medical condition or disability?

Northern Territory Police Force has medical standards for police recruitment. These standards are designed to ensure that candidates are able to satisfy the high physical, medical and psychological demands of operational policing. Some conditions are disqualifying and others are potentially disqualifying, however each case is assessed individually.

What if I wear glasses or have colour blindness?

Corrected vision within certain parameters is acceptable. Colour blindness is assessed on a case by case basis and is not automatically disqualifying.