Accelerated Recruitment Program


As an experienced police officer the Northern Territory will recognise your previous years of service with attractive remuneration. We are seeking applicants who understand the policing role, but who are enthusiastic about facing the unique challenges that the Northern Territory offers due to its vastness and diversity. You will be required to serve a minimum of 12 months in a frontline General Duties position before being eligible to apply for specialist positions.

The Northern Territory Police Force offers an accelerated recruitment pathway for experienced police officers. Upon completion of training, graduates will be posted to varying locations throughout the Northern Territory. 




The Accelerated Recruitment Program is a an unabridged paid training course conducted in Darwin at the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services College at Peter McAulay Centre, Berrimah.

The course covers an introduction to NT legislation and NT Police policy and procedures, information systems, firearms, operational safety tactics training and includes physical training. After successful completion of the training course members will be posted to one of three major centres (Katherine, Tennant Creek or Alice Springs) as determined in the offer of employment.

Minimum requirements

To be eligible for the Northern Territory Police Force as an experienced Constable or as a re-appointee (former NT police officers) applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have obtained the Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), or equivalent.
  • Completed a minimum of two years of service as a police officer, at the rank of Constable or above, within Australia or New Zealand.
  • If no longer a serving member, the application will only be considered if the length of time that has elapsed since the last period of service as a sworn officer is less than five years. 
  • 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 the ability to pass an assessment consisting of computer based cognitive and psychological testing.
  • Be physically fit and healthy.
  • Have the ability to swim 200m without interruption.
  • Possess a current provisional or open driver licence to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).
  • Have a satisfactory police service record and be of good character.

Selection process

On completing their application, applicants are required to produce and attach a detailed police service record from previous police jurisdictions. Once approved the below processes will follow:

  • Suitability background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences
  • Cognitive 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 or call 1800 005 099.

Remuneration and allowances

Your base salary during training will reflect your current ‘completed’ years of service. For example, if you have completed 3 full years of service you will be paid the equivalent level in the NT for a fourth year Constable. This will maximise at 10 years or greater service.

RankBase rateInclusive of 23% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
3rd year police service$80,479 $103,013
4th year police service$82,088 $105,072
5th year police service$83,729 $107,173
6th year police service$85,404 $109,317
7th year police service$87,113 $111,504
8th year police service$88,856 $113,735
9th year police service$90,631 $116,007
10th year police service$92,443 $118,327
NOTE: Consolidated allowance and GPA is not paid during training.

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 Constables.


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.

Looking to re-join or relocate to the NTPF?

Apply today!

The Northern Territory Police Force conducts an Accelerated Recruitment Program for applicants who have current or recent police experience in Australia or New Zealand.

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