The Police Auxiliary Scheme was introduced in 1992. The aim was to employ sworn officers for police duties, in support of frontline police and to be the main point of contact for members of the public.

There are two streams of employment:

  • Communications
  • Frontline 

The opportunities and duties available to frontline auxiliaries include: 

  • Front counter
  • Watch house
  • Court guard
  • Liquor inspector
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After completing an initial posting, opportunities to specialise in other fields may also be available. These duties could include:

  • Road policing
  • Intelligence
  • School based policing.

The Northern Territory 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  welcome applications from everyone. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.




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, which ranges between a minimum of 7-16 weeks, dependent on the stream applied for.

After successful completion of the course, Auxiliary police 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.

Minimum requirements

Auxiliary applicants 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 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
  • have general computing skills
  • be of good character
  • possess qualification equivalent to Provide First Aid (also known as Apply First Aid/Senior First Aid).

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


  • The ability to obtain a Typing Certificate indicating a typing ability of 40 words per minute with 95% accuracy. Online certificates will not be accepted.


  • Have general computing skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, email, internet and typing.
  • Have an ability to complete the NT Police Fitness Assessment.
  • Possess a current provisional or open driver's licence to drive a manual vehicle.

Selection process

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

  • Integrity background checks will be performed to identify any criminal/traffic offences.
  • Cognitive assessment.
  • Panel interview.
  • Fitness assessment (frontline auxiliaries only).
  • Frontline Support Auxiliaries.
  • 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

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

RankBase rateInclusive of 20% consolidated allowance and 5% GPA
Recruit Auxiliary$59,237Allowance not paid during training
Auxiliary Year 1$59,237$73,046

Consolidated allowance

Consolidated allowance is 20% 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 Auxiliaries.

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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.