Directions Program Traineeship recruitment process

There are a number of steps in the Directions Program recruitment process.

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Step 1: Online application

Writing your cover letter

You are required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV)/resume and a one page (maximum) cover letter. Your cover letter should address:

  • Why you would like to begin a career at the AFP
  • What you think you can bring to the organisation, and
  • What skills you think you can develop on the Program

It is important that you tell us about yourself in your cover letter. We are not looking for an overview of your previous work experience or your personal achievements, we can find those in your CV/resume.

Attach your current CV/resume

Your CV/resume is a snapshot of your qualifications, experience, skills and qualities. A resume needs to be clear, concise and organised, including the following details:

  • each organisation and position you have worked in, including dates. Make sure you include casual work and unpaid experiences
  • a summary of the position(s) and any notable achievements in each position
  • qualifications or courses of study
  • any volunteer work that you have participated in
  • achievements, including school, community, sporting or related to employment
  • contact details of at least two people who the AFP can contact to discuss your work performance and/or general character.

Applications close strictly at 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 13 October. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Attach your documentation to confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

To be eligible to apply for the Directions Program, under the affirmative measure you must provide evidence of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

You must provide evidence that you:

  • Are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent; and
  • Identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • Are accepted by your community as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Evidence of heritage is a document provided by a registered Indigenous community organisation, issuing a letter of confirmation. The Indigenous community organisation will review the eligible requirements noted above. 

For more information visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) website.  

Step 2: Complete your individual assessment

Candidates who progress to this stage will receivea link inviting you to complete your individual assessment. This will be your chance to highlight your previous work experience, any sporting or extra-curricular activities you are involved with and your schooling history. This assessment shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes to complete

Step 3: Complete an Employee Suitability Questionnaire

If you are selected to move to the next stage of the process you will be asked to complete an Employee Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ). The ESQ is the tool in which your character is assessed against the employment character standards that AFP require of any employee. If you are not currently an AFP employee then you are required to upload and complete the ESQ and attach it to your application. You can access the ESQ on the FAQ: Employment Suitability Questionnaire page.

More information about the ESQ can be found in the AFP Character Standards.

Traffic history

Providing your traffic history is mandatory. All applicants who are not currently an AFP employee must upload an up to date traffic history (no more than 90 days old) for the last 10 years or from the date of your first license if less than 10 years and from all states and countries where they have held a licence.

More information on the documents required and how you can obtain your traffic history can be found on the traffic history page.  It is imperative that you inform yourself of these requirements and take steps now to obtain the required information to attach to your application.

When asked to complete the ESQ, you are only given 7 days to return your documentation. We recommend starting to get all of your documents in order as soon as you have submitted your completed application, doing this early will avoid having to rush later on.

Step 4: Assessment of shortlisted applicants

An initial assessment of applications is conducted to determine suitability for progressing to the short listing phase in the selection process. Those not successful in reaching the next stage of the process will be advised in writing as soon as possible.

Shortlisted candidates will be subject to further assessment before a final decision is made as to who will be offered a position with AFP. This assessment may include a range of activities including:

  • panel interview
  • a work sample test
  • a video interview, and a
  • written task.

If you are invited to take part in further assessment of your suitability for employment with AFP then you will be provided with full details including when and where it will be held, what you may need to bring, how to prepare for each assessment so that you can perform at your best.

Step 5: Offer of employment

If your application is still being considered at the conclusion of the above, then there are a few more conditions that must be met before you will be eligible for employment with AFP (in accordance with Section 24 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979). These are:

  • Obtaining satisfactory security and medical clearances
  • Successful completion of mandatory drug testing (urinalysis test for illicit drugs)
  • Provision of fingerprints (collected when you present for mandatory drug testing).

Instrument of Engagement

Once you have successfully progressed through all recruitment gateways you will be provided with an Instrument of Engagement. This documentation will outline terms and conditions of employment with the AFP.

Commencement of employment

You will be kept informed as your application progresses. If you are made an offer of employment and you accept this offer then you can expect to commence in the position in the first half of 2020.

Tips on completing this application

  • We encourage you to read the below resources relating to Band 2 pathways and work level standards.
  • We recommend you draft your one page cover letter using a word processor program such as Notepad or Microsoft Word, and paste it into the application.
  • We encourage that you have your cover letter and resume checked by someone with relevant experience.
  • Do not leave your application to the last minute! We recommend you prepare your application early to avoid unforeseen circumstances preventing you from submitting a successful application.

Thank you for your interest in a position with the AFP. If you have any questions about this process please email: [email protected].

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