Recruiting Constables Now!


From Kakadu to Uluru, policing in the Northern Territory is an experience like no other – it demands many skills both physical and mental. Working as a Territory police officer is much more than a job, it’s a rewarding career and lifestyle choice.


Next intake schedule to commence training May 2018. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Download the Application Pack HERE

Constables are sworn Police Officers who enforce the laws of the Northern Territory and protect and serve the community. Vast and diverse, the Northern Territory offers unique challenges and experiences. NT Police Officers have the opportunity to be a part of the community and to really make a difference.

As a Northern Territory Police Officer you must be prepared for the unexpected. We are looking for mature and responsible people, who can think on their feet, who are resourceful and resilient, and who can solve problems while being compassionate. After completion of training all Constables will be assigned to a police station which may be in any geographical location in the Northern Territory. Most new Constables will be posted to regional centres in Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek. Applicants who have an interest and a willingness to serve in remote areas are encouraged to apply!

Future opportunities are endless. Once you have gained skills as a uniformed frontline Police Officer and have completed your two year probationary period you are able to study and apply for specialised positions such as Criminal Investigations, Traffic and Major Crash, Intelligence, Crime Scene examination, Water Police, Mounted Police and Dog Operations amongst many others.

The Northern Territory Police Force recognises and value different characteristics and the ‘ages and stages’ of their lives. We are committed to strengthen our capability through diversity and therefore welcome applications from the entire community. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

To apply you must submit a Constable Application along with the required supporting documents, to find out more download the Constable Application booklet.

Please note, members of the Northern Territory Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location within the Northern Territory where a Police presence is required.

If you have any questions about a Constable application please call 1800 005 099 or send an email to Please include your full name, date of birth, how you heard about NT Police Recruitment and the entry pathway/s you are interested in.

More Information
Minimum Requirements

Constables must:

  • At the commencement of training be at least 18 years of age
  • Be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status, a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia under a Special Category Visa.
  • Have either; a Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12 or equivalent); or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills
  • Have the ability to pass a written assessment including ability testing and psychological profile
  • Be physically fit and healthy
  • Possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle
  • Have general computing skills
  • Have the ability to swim 200m without interruption
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain qualification equivalent to 'Provide First Aid' (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid)
  • Be of good character (NT Police Recruitment Integrity Guidelines).
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
  • Panel interview
  • Referee checks
  • Pre-employment medical

(Please note, candidates who fail to meet the required standards may be excluded from submitting an application for a determined period and will be notified in writing.)


Recruit Constable training involves an intensive, full time course of training of approximately seven months duration, held at the Northern Territory Police Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre in Darwin.

Recruits are provided the initial induction and instruction into the NT Police Force and are paid from commencement of their training. The course is mentally and physically demanding and involves learning Legislation, Physical Training, Operational Safety Tactics Training, Driver Training, Information Systems Training and much more.

Successful completion of all aspects of the course will result in participants being awarded the Diploma of Public Safety (Policing). After graduation from recruit training, graduates will be posted to one of four regional centres (Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs or Tennant Creek) as sworn Probationary Constables, filling operational policing roles with all powers of a Police Officer.

The probation period extends to the second anniversary of commencement with the Northern Territory Police. Satisfactory completion of all assessment and task requirements throughout the probation period will result in confirmation as a Constable in the Northern Territory Police Force.