Police officers protect, preserve and ensure public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

Where police officers are employed

Police officers are mainly employed in public administration and safety.


Full-time police officers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Police

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 3,528 people employed full-time as police officers in South Australia compared with 3,110 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a police officer in South Austraia you usually have to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). However entry to this occupation may be improved if you have tertiary qualifications. Most institutions in Australia offer relevant courses. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

To become a police officer you'll need to undertake a two-year Constable Development Program. On this course you'll combine academic studies in law, policy and procedures with practical exercises, physical conditioning and operational safety and communications.

For further information please visit South Australian Police careers.

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