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Job Number : 24415
Type and Location : Organisational / Northern Territory
Listed By : Dentsu Mitchell on behalf of NT Governement on 16 May 2018
Psychologist - Australian Federal Police


Policing for a safer Australia - the world is changing, crime is changing, we are changing to meet new challenges.

The mission of the AFP is to provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia. It provides policing throughout Australia in relation to the prevention and detection of crimes against the Commonwealth, its laws and integrity, and community police services to the Community of the ACT.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified people who are interested in an appointment to the AFP. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the core values of the AFP.

Consideration will only be given to applicants who have addressed the Selection Criteria.

The AFP offers a generous remuneration and conditions package, including six weeks annual leave, leave to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and Commonwealth superannuation provisions.  

The AFP is committed to recruiting from the diverse groups that make up Australian society. We believe that all Australians should have the opportunity to compete for careers in the AFP without being disadvantaged by gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, or other difference.

The AFP acknowledges that there is clear evidence that gender diversity in decision-making roles leads to greater transparency and improved ethical orientation. In addition, diverse teams have been shown to be smarter, more effective and linked to more innovative organisations. Women and members from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this recruitment round. 

In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the AFP is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this vacancy.

Applications quoting relevant vacancy reference number must be lodged by 4pm (AEST) Thursday, 31 May 2018.


Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane

AFP Band 7 $99,869 - $106,963 


AFP Organisational Health delivers a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting all AFP members, with an emphasis on education, prevention and support in line with legislation, the AFP Strategic Plan, Risk Management Framework and the AFP Workforce Plan. 

The business area is part of the People, Safety and Security portfolio and delivers an integrated organisational health model of care via four health programs: Health and Fitness; Medical Services; Psychological Services; and Work Health Safety & Rehabilitation. 

Applications are sought from suitably registered Psychologists wishing to be considered for roles within the AFP Psychological Services team. Roles will initially be offered for a period of two years with the option of two, one year extensions. 

The role provides professional psychological and mental health services to AFP appointees. 

This includes: 

  • The assessment and provision of psychology services to AFP employees including the assessment of individuals relating to suitability for employment, selection of specialist teams and roles, and clearances for overseas deployments; 
  • Support to member’s families (where applicable); 
  • Individual case management and review of existing clients; 
  • Psychological debriefs for critical incident response and management; 
  • Potential assessments for Psychological fitness for duty; 
  • Advice to management on workplace or workforce issues; 
  • Training in a variety of psychology and psychology-related areas including targeted training to support specific operational requirements; and 
  • Contribution to Psychological Services strategic direction including assisting in the development of key governance.

Minimum five years post internship experience required.

Master’s degree in Clinical, Organisational or Health psychology is preferred.

The positions require a Negative Vetting 1 Security Clearance or the ability to obtain one.

Contact Officer: Dr Katrina Sanders, Chief Medical Officer 02 6131 2033, &
Patricia Bowden, Principal Psychologist 0409 987 062

The AFP’s application process for non-policing vacancies consists of two-steps for non-AFP employees. (Existing AFP employees only need to undertake step 1 of the process). 

Preliminary step: It is strongly recommended that you take action nowto obtain a copy or copies of your driving history through the relevant local motor registry or Road Traffic Authority.

Step 1 Application:

  • applicants complete and submit an online application;  
  • resumes and any other relevant documentation are to be uploaded to the application form and submitted before the closing time; and
  • once your application has been submitted you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the application with instructions on how to access the AFP Employment Suitability Questionnaire.

Step 2 AFP Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ):

The ESQ is the tool in which applicant’s character is assessed against the employment character standards.

Following the instructions contained in the email from AFP Recruitment confirming receipt of your application, the ESQ must be completed and submitted within 14 calendar daysafter the closing date of the applications.                 

Traffic History:

All applicants are required to obtain a copy of their Traffic History.  If you have resided in different states or territories, you must supply a traffic history from each state or territory.  You are required to include 10 years of traffic history and not older than 3 months from date of application. If you have a traffic history report from more than one state or territory, you will need to scan all documents and attach to your application as one. 

Traffic history information is available from the local Motor Registry in your state or territory.   Do not upload individual infringement notices or unofficial documentation. 

You are required to inform the Recruitment Team ( of any offences, infringements or police charges that occur during the recruitment process.

Omitting to supply relevant details may jeopardise your application.

If you do not currently hold, and have never held, a driver’s licence you should upload a Statutory Declaration providing this information.

If you have lived overseas, or have travelled extensively, please provide a Statutory Declaration stating the period you held a licence and listing any traffic offences. If you did not hold a licence during this period, please provide a Statutory Declaration stating this information. Statutory Declarations can be found online.

You need to allow two to three weeks to get access to this information as a minimum. It is recommended that you request these reports at the commencement of your application.

Once the ESQ has been completed applicants will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the ESQ.

Interested applicants should refer to the Applicant Information Pack for details on the inherent requirements, employment character standards and required documentation to ensure they are best prepared to submit an application.

If you have any questions about the ESQ or Traffic History, please contact AFP Recruitment on (02) 6131 5555.

For more information about the AFP’s Employment Character Standards, please go to:

For information on these positions, and other employment opportunities in the AFP, please visit our website or ring the contact officer.

Contact Details
Dr Katrina Sanders, Chief Medical Officer 02 6131 2033, &

Patricia Bowden, Principal Psychologist 0409 987 062

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