Auxiliary Police Officer

Have you ever walked into a police station in the Northern Territory to make an enquiry or report an incident, or ever called Triple 000 for police assistance? If so, it is likely the first person you spoke to was an Auxiliary Police Officer.

The Police Auxiliary Scheme was introduced in 1992. The aim was to employ sworn officers for police duties, which did not require fully trained police officers.

There are two streams of employment, Communications and Frontline Support. The Frontline Support stream incorporates Front Counter, Watch House and Liquor Inspector duties. Applicants for Frontline Support duties will be required to pass the Fit for Purpose Physical Assessment and undertake Defensive Tactics Training.

To meet the demands of the roles, the Northern Territory Police Force (NTPF) is looking for people who not only demonstrate our vision and values but also:

  • enjoy a varied and challenging career, have life experience and show leadership and maturity;
  • show initiative while accepting the scrutiny and accountability of working in a disciplined organisation;
  • are compassionate, tolerant and enjoy a multicultural and diverse atmosphere; and
  • possess good oral and written communication skills.

How do I apply?

New Online Application Process

NT Police Recruitment wish to advise that we are moving to new online application process. 
Please note that applications for future squads will be received via the NT Government's electronic eRecruit system and paper based applications will no longer be accepted.

Commencement dates for Squads to be recruited in 2019 and 2020 will be updated when dates have been confirmed. 

Applicants who have submitted applications and are waiting on the next stage of the recruitment process, will be advised of the status of their application in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding NT Police Recruitment please contact NT Police Recruitment on 1800 005 099 or email

If you have any questions relating to the role of Auxiliary Police Officer please call 1800 005 099 or email Please include your full name, address, DOB, how you heard about NT Police Recruiting and indicate the entry pathway/s you are interested in.

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Minimum Requirements

Auxiliary applicants must;

  • At the commencement of training be 18 years of age
  • Be either an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or have permanent residence status
  • Have year 10 or equivalent education Level
  • Be of good character (NT Police Recruitment Integrity Guidelines)

In addition applicants for individual streams must meet the following criteria;

The ability to obtain a Typing Certificate indicating a typing ability of 28 words per minute with 85% accuracy.

Front Counter
Have general computing skills including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing.

Watch House
Have general computing skills including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing. Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle.

Selection Process

If your initial application is approved the following processes will follow;

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Physical fitness assessment and written assessment for Watch House
  • Written assessment for Communications and Front Counter
  • Panel Interview
  • Referee Checks
  • Pre-employment medical

The Recruit Auxiliary training course is delivered by staff from the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services College. Recruits are provided the initial induction and instruction into the NT Police Force Auxiliary roles and are paid for the duration of the training, approximately seven weeks. After successful completion of the course, Auxiliary Officers will be placed in their specific stream in their nominated regional centre (Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs or Tennant Creek) where the remainder of the 12 months’ probation is served.