What is in the Victoria Police Applicant Pack


Once you successfully complete the Victoria Police Entrance Exam the Recruiting Services Branch will send you an “Applicant Pack”. In this article, we’ll look at what you can do to help be prepared early.

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The Victoria Police application journey begins by submitting an online application. If that application’s accepted, Victoria Police will ask you to participate in an entrance examination. If you can successfully pass the examination, the recruiting office will then send you an applicant pack. The applicant pack is quite a comprehensive document that needs to be completed. You’ll be asked to do a number of things, including providing fingerprints. So, you’ll need to visit your local station to arrange that, and of course, you’ll need to provide personal particulars or details.

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0:35 So, birth certificates, drivers licence, extracts and the like will be required. Things like a full driving history will also be necessary. Photographs of you as an applicant, evidence of your existing personal data, such as your name and address and so on. Employment information will also be required, so you’ll need to be able to prove your current employment, and you may even be asked to provide information about previous employment.

Passport and having lived outside of Australia

1:04 If you have a passport, even if it’s expired, you’ll need to provide copies of the passport, and if you’ve lived overseas, you might be required to provide a police certificate of clearance or a police clearance certificate. And if you’ve resided in a country outside of Australia for more than six months as an adult, so 16 years or older, then you would need to be looking into that to make sure that’s something that you can provide to Victoria Police, given that it can be fairly time consuming to obtain those sorts of international police checks. That’s something that you might want to think about early, if you do fall into that category.

Providing evidence of your circumstances

1:42 So, if you’ve ever changed your name, of course, they’ll want to know about that. If you’re born in a different country, all of this information will be required. Your marital status, if you’re married, a marriage certificate, if you’ve ever been divorced, this sort of information, and evidence of the same will be required. If you’ve ever served time in the armed forces, defence force etc, you need to provide information about discharge. I think a discharge certificate or something similar will be required to provide to the recruiting officers as well.

2:12 Any previous addresses that you may have lived at, you’ll need to provide evidence of that, and school history, education documents, anything that will demonstrate your schooling history. Certificates, dates and times, etc, what year, anything like that around your schooling or other educational documents needs to be provided. Now, when you do receive this applicant pack, it will be a little bit overwhelming, because there’s a lot of information that’s required, and the Victoria police recruiting services branch will want you to return that pack within 28 days of receiving it.

Make sure you start preparing nice and early

2:48 And so, given that’s the sort of information that they’ll be asking you to provide, you may want to start thinking about that nice and early. Some of these things you can start to gather now, and others may be left until a little bit later. Things like personal references will also be required. That might be something you can leave a little bit later, but none the less, there’s a lot of information there. Have a look at some of those listed in DocPoint below.

3:14 And if you can see that some of those things are applicable to you, and they’re going to take a little bit of time to arrange, I’d suggest that you start looking into that nice and early so that you can keep your application moving. If they want that document returned within 28 days, it’s really important that we’re compliant with that, and make sure that we get it done and get it back to them. Not just quickly, but accurately and comprehensively completed.

So, it’s important to take a lot of care, but we do need to get that information back to them within the 28 days. So, I hope that helps to give you a little bit of a heads up on what you might need to provide, so you can start thinking about it early.

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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