Transitional Officer 

Come and join the good life in Western Australia

Exciting adventures and a new lifestyle await with the WA Police Force. If you are a current police officer with 1 to 9 years’ experience with another Australian or New Zealand jurisdiction we want to hear from you. Your skills and experience will be recognised and valued, keeping your career on track with plenty of opportunities. As a big state, Western Australia has a lot to offer, with a wide range of locations to police within Perth and beyond. The relaxed WA lifestyle is great for raising a family and home prices are the cheapest in Australia for capital cities. Visit the WA Government’s website, likenoother.wa.gov.au for more information on living and working in Western Australia.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or permanent Australian resident, are keen to move to Western Australia and have previously gained compatible policing experience, we want to hear from you.

Policing jurisdictions considered compatible for the purpose of recognising service are:

  • Policing jurisdictions of all Australian States and Territories
  • Australian Federal Police (excluding Protective Services)
  • Policing jurisdictions of New Zealand
  • Policing jurisdictions of the United Kingdom (excluding British Transport Police and Military/Defence Force Police)*
  • Policing jurisdictions of the Republic of Ireland*.

 

*WA Police Force are not currently recruiting international officers that require sponsoring for a permanent residency visa through the Department of Home Affairs. If you are from a compatible policing jurisdiction and are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia you are eligible to apply at any time.

 

Recognised Service for Transitional Officers

If you are from one of the above policing jurisdictions, recognition of service may provide recognition up to a maximum of senior constable base rate.

Those recognised as having the required service to progress to first class constable or senior constable base rate, must complete the requirements to progress to these ranks.

The recognition of service that may be approved is outlined in the table below:

Complete Years’ Service with Compatible Policing Jurisdiction

Recognised Service on Completion of Academy Training

Salary on Completion of Academy Training

Less than one year of service

Nil

N/A

One year but less than two years’ of service

If probation not completed, no recognition of prior service. Applicant to be assessed as a normal recruit applicant and undertake full academy recruit course.

N/A

If probationary requirements completed, one year recognised service

Constable second year of service

Two years’ but less than three years’ of service

Two years’ recognised service

Constable third year of service

Three years’ but less than four years’ of service

Three years’ recognised service

Constable fourth year of service

Four years’ but less than five years’ of service

Four years’ recognised service

Constable fifth year of service

Five years’ service

Five years’ recognised service

Constable, fifth year of service and thereafter until completion of requirements to attain first class constable. First class constable base rate salary then applies

Six years’ service

Six years’ recognised service

Constable, fifth year of service and thereafter until completion of requirements to attain first class constable. First class constable base rate salary then applies

Seven years’ service

Seven years’ recognised service

Constable, fifth year of service and thereafter until completion of requirements to attain first class constable. First class constable increment salary then applies

Eight years’ service

Eight years’ recognised service

Constable, fifth year of service and thereafter until completion of requirements to attain first class constable. First class constable increment salary then applies

Nine years’ service, or more

Nine years’ recognised service

Constable, fifth year of service and thereafter until completion of requirements to attain first class constable. First class constable increment salary then applies until requirements to attain the rank of senior constable are successfully completed

 

(Negative Vetting security levels are required for specific roles including detective positions. New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents are unable to obtain the required negative vetting security level to hold those positions.)

The next Transitional Course will be early 2023. 

Am I eligible to apply?

To apply, you must meet the following prerequisites:

You must be an
Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Australian Resident
You must hold a
current Manual 'C' or Automatic 'C-A' class Motor Driver's Licence or equivalent*
The compatible policing
service must have occurred within the previous 18 months for it to be recognised and must have finished probation.

* Provisional licences are acceptable, with no more than two demerit points in the first year and five demerit points in the second year, at the application.

warning

Western Australia Police Force as an employer has no tolerance for illicit or illegal drug use, which includes the misuse of prescription and over the counter drugs by an employee, either in their work or private life. All applicants will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing during the recruitment process and throughout employment if appointed.

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