About the Job
Military Police personnel provide commanders with an essential element of command and control through the application of the four main Military Police functions of Law Enforcement - Mobility and Manoeuvre Support; Security; and Internment and Detention operations. These functions are equally applicable in Australia and overseas through the essential tasks of Policing the force' and Policing in support of the mission'.
The Military Police law enforcement role is a critical component of the Military Justice System, whose purpose is to maintain military effectiveness and to maintain the reputation of Army. This law enforcement function is provided in Australia and overseas. This is referred to as Policing the force'. Furthermore, Military Police provide Army with a critical law enforcement capability assisting in the enforcement, enhancement, establishment or re-establishment of civilian laws and/or judicial systems and administering applicable international civilian law. This is referred to as Policing in support of the mission'. In short, your role is encapsulated in the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police motto - For the Troops and With the Troops'.
The Royal Australian Corps of Military Police is divided into three broad employment categories; Military Police Law Enforcement (ECN 315-1), Military Police General Duties (ECN 315-2) and Australian Defence Force Investigator (ECN 315-3).
Military Police personnel have the opportunity to specialise, once they have achieved the requirements of Private Proficient and completed the mandatory requirements of the competency log book for their employment category, by undertaking further military and category courses, as well as tertiary studies.
Military Police - Law Enforcement
Military Police Law Enforcement (ECN 315-1) is a Reserve only employment category that provides Army with a dedicated Military Police Law Enforcement capability, inclusive of minor criminal investigations, domestically and internationally.
This category is specifically designed for personnel with Australian State or Territory Police qualifications or personnel with other recognised police experience or qualifications that will undertake a Jurisdiction Bridging Course at the Defence Force School of Policing, recognising their prior learning and current competencies.
The Military Police Law Enforcement employment category is further divided into three sub-categories, Military Police Law Enforcement Grade One (ECN 315-11), Military Police Law Enforcement Grade Two (ECN 315-12) and Military Police Law Enforcement Specialist (ECN 315-13).
The Military Police Law Enforcement Specialist employment category (ECN 315-13) enables specialist skill sets not otherwise available to Army, or where additional subject matter expertise is required to be employed in policing the force and policing in support of the mission tasks.
Upon qualifying as Military Police Law Enforcement Grade One, individuals may be posted the Domestic Policing Unit or, dependant on unit needs, the 1st Military Police Battalion. Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.
Military Police - General Duties
Military Police General Duties (ECN 315-2) is a Regular and Reserve employment category that provides Army with its full suite of Military Police tasks including Law Enforcement - inclusive of minor criminal investigations, Security, Mobility and Manoeuvre Support and Internment and Detention Operations.
Both Regular and Reserve personnel will be required to complete the Military Police Initial Employment Training Program which is currently in excess of 19 weeks training at the Defence Force School of Policing in order to be employed in this role.
The Military Police General Duties employment category is further divided into four sub-categories, Military Police General Duties Grade One (ECN 315-21), Military Police General Duties Grade Two (ECN 315-22), Military Police Specialist - Dog Handler (ECN 315-23), Military Police Specialist - Close Personal Protection Operative (ECN 315-24).
Military Police General Duties Specialist employment categories provide Army with specialist policing capabilities that enable them to be employed within a Tactical Support Team, executing tasks beyond the capability or resources of Military Police General Duties. Therefore, in addition to their generalist police skills and specialisation, Military Police Specialists are highly trained in advanced weapons systems, close quarter fighting, surveillance, reconnaissance and individual and team drills that enable them to execute tactical operations against criminal elements of greater tactical risk or complexity.
Military Police Specialist - Dog Handler
In addition to the Tactical Support Team skills outlined above, Military Police Dog Handlers (ECN 315-23) are responsible for the training, husbandry and handling of Military Police Dogs that are used to detect human intrusion, track people, act as a deterrent in crowd control and apprehend personnel suspected of committing criminal offences.
Military Police Specialist - Close Personal Protection Operative
Close Personal Protection is provided to high profile personnel or VIPs who are likely to be terrorist, criminal or military targets due to their grade, assignment, symbolic value, vulnerabilities and/or location. In addition to the Tactical Support Team skills outlined above, Close Personal Protection Operatives (ECN 315-24) are employed in Close Personal Protection duties, guarding military and non-military VIP, in all theatres of operations. Close Personal Protection duties include the provision of physical protection to VIP, visitors and staff members within a complex or high threat operational environment.
Upon qualifying as Military Police General Duties Grade One, individuals are posted to the 1st Military Police Battalion. Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.
Military Police - Australian Defence Force Investigator
The Military Police Australian Defence Force Investigator (ECN 315-3) is a Regular and Reserve employment category that provides Army with a serious, complex and sensitive investigative capability domestically and overseas. This includes tasks such as crime scene examinations, investigation of incidents and the collection, recording and subsequent presentation of evidence at judicial proceedings. Australian Defence Force Investigators also work with State, Territory and Australian Federal Police.
Recruitment into the Investigator category is primarily through Military Police - General Duties although personnel may be recognised given their previous employment or experience as suitable for expedited transfer into the category.
The Military Police Australian Defence Force Investigator employment category is further divided into two sub-categories, Australian Defence Force Investigator (ECN 315-31), and Australian Defence Force Investigator Specialist (ECN 315-32).
The Australian Defence Force Investigator Specialist employment category (ECN 315-32) provide Defence with advanced skills in Incident Scene Examiner (Forensic) and additional specialist serious, complex and sensitive investigative subject matter expertise acquired through the conduct of selected specialist training courses, civilian police secondments, work placements, tertiary education and other formal education and training. An Australian Defence Force Investigator Specialist demonstrates enhanced competence and is expected to lead major investigations relating to their selected specialisation.
Upon qualifying as a military Police Australian Defence Force Investigator, individuals are posted to work within a Tri-Service unit known as the Australian Defence Force Investigation Service (ADFIS). Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.
Regardless of the type of entry (enlisted or Officer) and / or employment category you may choose, the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police are seeking individuals who personify the character, professional and ethical standards and qualities expected of Military Police, who, by virtue of their appointment, are placed in a position of authority and trust.
Military Police Professional Ethos
Military Police are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards and integrity associated with a position of trust and are expected to embody the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police qualities, exercising prudent judgement and discretion in their private and social life. Regardless of the environment in which they work, Military Police have continual contact with all ranks and Services and civilians. Military Police are required to understand and empathise with indigenous cultures, communicate across cultural barriers and interact in detail with the local populace that may involve accessing sensitive personal information as part of their police duties, including investigations; therefore the highest levels of personal integrity, discretion and tact are mandatory.
Royal Australian Corps of Military Police Qualities
In addition to the Army values of Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork, Military Police are expected to embody the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police qualities as follows:
- Commitment: motivation towards mission achievement, particularly in police duties on operations or domestically
- Integrity: reliability and suitability to exercise power over others, influence justice systems, and access privileged information
- Tradecraft: application of intelligence and investigative techniques, police procedures and legal authority
- Operational skills: ability as a planner, leader and soldier
- Communication skills: ability to provide, receive, obtain and assess information
Service Police Code of Conduct
The Service Police Code of Conduct binds Military Police, as part of the Service Police community, as follows:
A Service Police member must, at all times, engage in behaviour that does not call into question their standing to be a fit and proper person to undertake Service policing duties. In particular, they are to:
- Act with due care and diligence, including complying with all authorised Service Police practises and procedures in the performance of their policing duties
- Act with honesty, propriety and integrity, including not making improper use of position, resources or information obtained in the course of policing duties
- Act with fairness, reasonableness, courtesy and respect, without favour or discrimination, to all persons, particularly with respect to victims and complainants
- Refrain from disproportionate and unlawful use of force
- Ensure private interests do not conflict with official duties, including acting with objectivity and without bias influenced by person interests, beliefs, attitudes, or interests of friends, family or colleagues
- Display the highest standards of personal behaviour, including complying with civil and military law, whether on or off duty, so as not to bring discredit upon Service Police
- Report all alleged unlawful and criminal conduct, corrupt practices, dishonest or unethical conduct, breaches of discipline, conflicts of interest, and breaches of the Service Police Code of Conduct
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
Aspects of your training may result in the award of civil qualifications - something you can check with your Instructional Staff when you conduct your Initial Employment Training.
Salary & Allowances
In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.
In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances - which are detailed below - plus superannuation at a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
Military Police General Duties personnel are initially employed in the 1st Military Police Battalion. Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.
Military Police Australian Defence Force Investigator personnel are employed within the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service. Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.
1st Military Police Battalion:
Headquarters: Located in Enoggera, QLD
A Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Townsville, QLD with positions for Military Police General Duties and Military Police Specialist personnel.
B Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Darwin, NT with positions for Military Police General Duties and Military Police Specialist personnel.
C Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Reserve): Headquarters and elements located at Macleod, VIC with additional elements in Karrakatta WA, Warradale SA, Holsworthy NSW and Enoggera QLD with positions for Reserve personnel and Regular cadre.
D Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Enoggera, QLD with positions for Military Police General Duties and Military Police Specialist personnel.
Employment within the 1st Military Police Battalion is generally a first posting.
Domestic Policing Unit:
The Headquarters is located in Canberra with positions nationally in all major military locations, including training establishments with positions for Military Police General Duties, Military Police Law Enforcement and Military Police Law Enforcement Specialist personnel. Employment within the Domestic Policing Unit is generally a second or subsequent posting.
Australian Defence Force Investigative Services (ADFIS) (Tri-Service):
The Headquarters is located in Canberra with positions nationally in all major military locations, including training establishments with positions for Australian Defence Force Investigator and Australian Defence Force Investigator Specialist personnel.
Defence Force School of Policing (DFSP) (Tri-Service):
The Headquarters and training establishment is located in Holsworthy NSW with positions for Military Police General Duties and Specialists, Military Police Law Enforcement and Specialists and Australian Defence Force Investigator and Specialist personnel.
The minimum age for entry is 17 years and the maximum age for entry is 55 years (60 years for Reserve entry) on the day of enlistment.
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.
The enlistment criteria outlined within the general requirements is considered the minimum standard required for members of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. In making selection decisions, the ADF may give preference to applicants who also fulfil one or more of the following criteria:
Open driving licence
Previous Australian Defence Force service
Previous International Military service
Previous service with an Australian (State or Federal) policing agency
Previous service with an international policing agency
Tertiary qualifications or experience in law or a policing related field
Relevant tertiary qualifications or experience
Relevant technical qualifications or experience
Employment with a recognised emergency services department
Employment with a recognised corrective services department
Employment with a recognised security agency
Medical & Fitness
To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
Period of Service
Military Police soldiers are enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation. Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
If an applicant has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, that applicant is not eligible to enlist as an MP until such time as the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.
The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.
Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary wavier of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying can not be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.
All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.
Total Duration: 80 days.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.
Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.
All Military Police General Duties trainees are required to complete the Initial Employment Training at the Defence Force School of Policing.
The Defence Force School of Policing will provide you with your service police training and education. The Army is a Registered Training Organisation and therefore the Defence Force School of Policing complies with the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework.
The training syllabus at the Defence Force School of Policing is developed in-house to meet service
requirements, ensuring that you will have a real edge in life and can be assured of success in whatever Military Police employment you may undertake or specialisation you may choose to develop. The syllabus also incorporates policing legislative requirements, accrediting you with nationally recognised civilian and military qualifications.
You will learn to be a soldier as well as qualified Military Police, gaining a wide range of additional military and police skills. Through training, you will improve your self-discipline, confidence and teamwork. Throughout your career, you will also have the opportunity to develop your skills with voluntary specialist training.
Military Police General Duties trainees will undertake the following initial employment training:
Service Police Initial Employment Training Course Program
Course: Service Police Initial Employment Training - Common
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 38 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Operational Safety Skills Basic Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 5 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Self Loading Pistol Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 1 day
Course: Speed Measuring Device Operator Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 1 day
Course: Service Police Investigators Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 35 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Service Police Initial Employment Training - Army Single Service
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 21 days (not normally including weekends)
Total Duration: 101 days (not normally including weekends)
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.
On the successful completion of the initial employment training course program, you will graduate as a
Military Police General Duties Grade One (ECN 315-21) and receive Pay Grade 3 as a Military Police Private soldier. Graduation is accompanied with your first posting to the 1st Military Police Battalion.
In your first 12 months in your unit, through continuation training and supervision, you will complete the post-Initial Employment Training provisional period and, subject to satisfactory performance, you will promote to Private Proficient.
Your Military Police training does not stop at initial employment training. Upon graduation, a set of disciplines outlined in the competency log book are to be completed and then certified to progress to Military Police General Duties Grade Two (ECN 315-22). On achieving the requirements of the competency log book (usually over twelve months and concurrent with your provisional period), and, subject to satisfactory performance, you will progress to Military Police General Duties Grade Two and be awarded pay grade 4.
Once you have achieved Military Police General Duties Grade Two, you may then apply to specialise as a Military Police Specialist - Dog Handler, Military Police Specialist - Close Personal Protection Operative or Military Police - Australian Defence Force Investigator. Specialist course information is as follows:
Course: Military Woking Dog Handlers Course
Location: Amberley, QLD
Duration: 50 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Military Police Dog Handlers Course - Field Operations
Location: Oakey, QLD
Duration: 16 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Close Personal Protection Operative Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW
Duration: 48 days (not normally including weekends)
Course: Australian Defence Force Investigators Course
Location: Holsworthy, NSW,
Duration: 55 days (not normally including weekends)
After consolidation of your training, based on performance, successful completion of the mandatory military and trade promotion courses and vacancies, you may promote to Lance Corporal and then Corporal, with promotion assessed on merit.