About the Job

Army General Service Officers are allocated to specific roles shortly before graduation from the Royal Military College - Duntroon. The allocation of roles is based on performance during training.

Military Police Officers provide commanders with an essential element of command and control through planning executing and commanding 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'.

Upon qualifying as Military Police Officers, individuals are posted to Command appointments within the 1st Military Police Battalion. Follow on postings are based upon the service need, career development needs and individual preferences.

Military Police Officers may undertake specialist courses prior to undertaking selected tactical appointments as Lieutenants or technical appointments as Captains. These appointments are as follows:

Tactical Support Team

Selected (Regular) Military Police Officers may be appointed to command the Tactical Support Team within a Military Police Company of the 1st Military Police Battalion. Personnel within the Tactical Support Team, in addition to their generalist police skills and specialisation, are trained in advanced weapons systems, close quarter fighting, surveillance, reconnaissance and individual and team drills.

The Tactical Support Team provides a more advanced tactical capability and consists of two elements as follows:

  • Tactical Support Element. All personnel in the Tactical Support Element are qualified Close Personal Protection Operatives. 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 are employed in Close Personal Protection duties, guarding military and non-military VIP, in all theatres of operations.

  • Military Police Dog Element. All personnel in the Military Police Dog Element are qualified Military Police Dog Handlers. Military Police Dogs undertake tasks such as trailing and tracking, building clearances, search and rescue and crowd control

In addition to the Tactical Support Team skills outlined above, Military Police Dog Handlers 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.

Australian Defence Force Investigative Service

Military Police Officers (including Reserve) may be appointed to technical and / or command positions as Captains within the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service and may undertake the Australian Defence Force Investigators Course prior to undertaking the appointment.

The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service provides Defence 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.

Reserve members with appropriate qualifications and / or relevant policing experience may also apply for direct entry to the ADF as Specialist Service Officer Investigator.

Professional Standards

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

Key Information

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.


For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


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Locations

Military Police posting locations are as follows:

  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Townsville, QLD with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Darwin, NT with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Reserve): Headquarters and elements located at Macleod, VIC with Regular training and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Enoggera, QLD with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments

Defence Force School of Policing (Tri-Service):

Headquarters and training establishment located in Holsworthy NSW with various command, training and staff appointments.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry; however an age waiver may be sought for Army applicants entering the ADF through ADFA at 16 years of age.

Applicants may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Maximum age on entry is 50 years of age for 3 year degree studies and 49 years of age for 4 year degree studies. Maximum age guidelines are set to ensure Return of Service Obligations (ROSO) are met prior to the compulsory retirement age of 60.

Education & Experience

To be eligible for admission to UNSW@ADFA, applicants must have completed Year 12 and obtained an entrance rank high enough to qualify for entry to the relevant degree program.

Note: If you already have a degree, please provide copies of your transcripts as well as Year 12.

Further information on studying at ADFA is available here.

Assumed Knowledge Requirements

Assumed Knowledge is the level of subject knowledge that a lecturer or a tutor of a first year UNSW@ADFA course could reasonably expect of students enrolled in that course.

Assumed Knowledge is fundamental to the assessment of whether or not an applicant is likely to succeed and is taken into account by the ADF (during the recruiting process) and by UNSW@ADFA when assessing the application.

While all UNSW degrees require Year 12 English as Assumed Knowledge, applicants wishing to enter the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology programs (or study Mathematics or Physics as part of a Bachelor of Science degree) also require current Year 12 Mathematics and Year 12 Physics as Assumed Knowledge.

In States where Year 12 English may be replaced by a Humanities subject for the purposes of meeting Year 12 certificate requirements, the Assumed Knowledge is Year 11 English plus a Year 12 Humanities subject.

Further information regarding Assumed Subject Knowledge, including state-by-state specific Year 12 subjects, can be found on the UNSW website.

Note: All applicants for undergraduate programs at ADFA must also apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT) for entry to the University of New South Wales. The Universities Admissions Centre website is http://www.uac.edu.au/

ADF Service Requirements

You should be aware that in addition to the UNSW@ADFA Assumed Subject Knowledge requirements, there may be some Year 12 subjects that are ADF Service requirements.

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.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of nine years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation.

Defence Academy Entry Officers become liable to an IMPS from the graduation day of their second year of studies. This means that they may leave the Academy at any time up to the end of second year, without any obligation.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot 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.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

Location of training: Australian Defence Force Academy

Duration of training: 156 Weeks

The academic and military training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canberra ACT, takes three years to complete. After graduation, you will attend the Royal Military College, (RMC) Duntroon, for 12 months to further enhance your military training.

Upon joining ADFA, you will undertake six weeks of initial military training to prepare you for service life. This training encompasses leadership, ceremonial, physical, field and weapons training. You will also undertake adventure training, learn about academic life and prepare for your first ceremonial parade as a member of the Australian Defence Force. This parade, which is reviewed by the Chief of Defence Force is a great opportunity for your parents, family and friends to celebrate your achievements as you embark on your military career.

During the academic year, up to nine hours per week are assigned to military education and training. This program includes leadership studies, Defence studies, training in military law, weapon handling, communication skills, as well as physical fitness training.

On at least two occasions each year, you will undertake Single Service Training with RMC of approximately two weeks. Over three years, these blocks of training will provide you with all the skills necessary to commence training at RMC upon graduation from ADFA.

Other breaks during the year will provide you with the opportunity to be involved with academic field trips, overseas battlefield study tours, a visit to an overseas defence academy (if you have excelled in your studies) and extracurricular activities such as adventurous training and sporting trips.

All of the above training, together with the qualifications you will gain through your undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, will provide you with an excellent grounding to progress with your Army career.

Location of training: Royal Military College

Duration of training: 12 Months

RMC training for ADFA cadets consists of two terms each of approximately six months duration. The first term for ADFA cadets at RMC is referred to as Second Class and their final term is known as First Class. ADFA cadets are not required to complete a preceding six months of RMC training referred to as Third Class because of the academic and military training completed at ADFA.

This is how your military training at RMC will unfold:

Second Class: By the end of Second Class you will have grasped command and leadership skills at section and platoon levels. You will have received further instruction in battle tactics, military history, administration, training, science and technology and communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience in the field and practice at section command level, expanding to platoon level towards the end of Second Class.

First Class: By now you will be ready to put your knowledge into practice at the section, platoon and company level. Your understanding of strategic issues, management, military history and leadership will also be further developed.

After graduation you will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps. Then you can put into professional practice all that you've learned. Initially you will be required to complete several weeks of in-service Corps training and familiarisation. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, physical training drills, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions.

During Military (ADFA and RMC) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (Regimental Officers Basic Course etc), you will be required to pay a contribution towards your meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

All Military Police Officers are required to complete the Service Police Officer Basic Course program 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 appointment you may undertake. The syllabus also incorporates policing legislative requirements, accrediting you with nationally recognised civilian and military qualifications.

Key Information

National Qualifications

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.


For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


Salary Calculator

Locations

Military Police posting locations are as follows:

  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Townsville, QLD with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Darwin, NT with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Reserve): Headquarters and elements located at Macleod, VIC with Regular training and staff appointments
  • Company, 1st Military Police Battalion (Regular): Located in Enoggera, QLD with positions for various tactical command, specialist and staff appointments

Defence Force School of Policing (Tri-Service):

Headquarters and training establishment located in Holsworthy NSW with various command, training and staff appointments.


Requirements

Age

Must be aged between 17 and 53 years inclusive on date of entry.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

An applicant must pass English and three other Year 12 subjects that meet Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirements. Or you may be in your final year and expect to reach these levels. (South Australian officer applicants may achieve a pass at Year 11 English and a pass in a language rich subject at Year 12 and three other subjects).

A tertiary qualification is not required to be an effective junior officer, however officers without degrees will be encouraged to complete a degree later in their career.

Note: If you already have a degree, please provide copies of your transcripts as well as Year 12.

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.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. On completion of your IMPS you may continue to serve under an open-ended engagement until you decide to resign which requires three months prior notification.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Aptitude

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.

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot 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.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

Training

Military Training

Location of course: Royal Military College, Duntroon Canberra, ACT

Duration of course: 18 months

Your training at RMC is made up of three terms each of approximately six months duration. Cadets in their first term are referred to as Third Class, second term cadets as Second Class and third term cadets as First Class. RMC cadets are organised as a Battalion known as the Corps of Staff Cadets.

This is how your military training at RMC will unfold:

Third Class: In this first term you will be given a basic grounding in battle craft, infantry minor tactics, navigation, first aid, weapon training, character development, communication skills, military history and leadership. At RMC, the Third Class training is conducted on the basis that you have no prior military knowledge or experience.

Second Class: By the end of Second Class you will have grasped command and leadership skills at section and platoon levels. You will have received further instruction in battle tactics, military history, administration, training, science and technology and communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experience in the field and practise at section command level, expanding to platoon level towards the end of Second Class.

First Class: By now you will be ready to put your knowledge into practice at the section, platoon and company level. Your understanding of strategic issues, management, military history and leadership will also be further developed.

After graduation you will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps. Then you can put into professional practice all that you've learned. Initially you will be required to complete in-service Corps training and familiarisation. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, physical training drills, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions.

Graduates are commissioned as Lieutenants.

During RMC (Military Training) and (Initial) Employment Training (Regimental or Logistics Officers Basic Course etc), you will be required to pay a contribution towards your meals, accommodation and utilities.

Further information is also available at the Royal Military College website.

Employment Training

All Military Police Officers are required to complete the Service Police Officer Basic Course program 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 appointment you may undertake. The syllabus also incorporates policing legislative requirements, accrediting you with nationally recognised civilian and military qualifications.