Aboriginal Community Police Officer


Aboriginal Community Police Officers (ACPO) are uniformed sworn police officers who provide communication and liaison with local indigenous communities. They enforce the laws of the Northern Territory and protect and serve the public.

As an ACPO you are a role model and an advocate for cross-cultural awareness. You have an opportunity to make a difference and to improve community knowledge about policing services and law and order issues.

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There are many opportunities for future development, including study and qualifications, service in remote localities and community engagement. Support is offered to members who wish to transition to the Constable role.

The NT Police Force recognises and values different characteristics of all applicants 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. 




The ACPO training course incorporates 24 weeks paid, full-time training in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at the Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.

The course is demanding and involves physical training and learning legislation, operational safety tactics, driver training, information systems, communications and much more.  

After graduation, graduates will be posted to one of the Northern Territory’s various police stations as a sworn ACPO. ACPOs will be subject to a probation period of 12 months from commencement.  


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Probationary ACPOs will be required to submit on-the-job evidence in a workplace practicum in order to be confirmed as an ACPO. At the successful completion of all requirements participants will be awarded the nationally accredited qualification Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Policing (POL30122) by the Police, Fire and Emergency Services Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 0384).

(Members of the Northern Territory Police Force may be required to serve in any geographical location where a police presence is required.)

Minimum requirements

ACPO applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent
  • 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 Year 10 or equivalent education level; or a completed trade certificate; or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience and life skills
  • have the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
  • be physically fit and healthy
  • possess a current provisional or open drivers licence to drive a manual vehicle
  • have general computing skills
  • possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid)
  • be of good character.

Selection process

If your initial application is approved the below processes will follow:

  • Suitability background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
  • Cognitive assessment.
  • Fitness assessment.
  • Panel interview.
  • Referee checks.
  • Pre-employment medical.
  • Probity checks.

(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).

If you have any questions, you can contact the NT Police Recruitment at ShapeYourFuture@pfes.nt.gov.au or call 1800 005 099.

Remuneration and allowances

Aboriginal Community Police Officers enjoy attractive remuneration which includes a number of allowances: 

RankBase rateInclusive of 23% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
Recruit ACPO$65,377Allowance not paid during training
ACPO Year 1$65,377$83,682

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 23% of the officer’s annual salary. Payment of this allowance starts at the commencement of duties at their geographical location at the completion of training.

General policing allowance

Officers performing general duties will receive the general policing allowance of 5% of their annual salary.

Night shift allowance

Officers who work regular rostered shift work, will be paid an allowance of 15% of the officer’s base annual salary converted to an hourly rate and paid for each night shift actually worked.

The above allowances do not apply to Recruit ACPOs.


Dependant on family composition, the NTPF provides all Police Constables and Aboriginal Community Police Officers, including Recruit Constables, with either barracks accommodation, free departmental accommodation or a housing allowance. If you or your partner are purchasing a property in the location in which you are stationed or you choose not to accept an offer of an approved dwelling, your entitlement will be to the housing allowance.

Housing allowance

The housing allowance is a taxable allowance that is currently $28,544.00 per annum.

The allowance is paid per fortnight to officers who choose to provide their own accommodation, either renting or buying. This allowance is subject to regular reviews in conjunction with any CPI increases and is also subject to PAYG tax.

Relocation expenses

Relocation assistance, up to $20,000, may be available, however, any such assistance will be in the form of reimbursement only, upon provision of satisfactory evidence of expenditure incurred.

Study assistance

Availability of study assistance on application for approved study.

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Your life. Your community. Your career. Want to help people in communities, be a role model and have a rewarding career? Then a career as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer is for you.