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NSW Police kicks off earn while you learn recruitment drive

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In an historic move designed to boost NSW Police officer numbers, trainees will be paid while they study. 

From March 2024, Student Police Officers will be paid more than $1,300 per week to study at the Goulburn Police Academy. 

The workforce initiative is designed to encourage more people to pursue a career in the NSW Police Force. 

NSW Police currently has more than 1,500 vacancies to fill. 

The earn while you learn concept forms part of a NSW Government plan to address the ongoing critical shortfall in police numbers. 

From March next year Student Police Officers will be employed as clerk grade 1/2 administrative employees on a temporary fixed term contact. 

They’ll receive a total salary of approximately $30,984 over the 16-week study period. 

That works out to be $1,360 per week plus superannuation and an estimated $380 in award-based allowances. 

At the end of their studies, they will be employed and paid as Probationary Constables, as is the current arrangement. 

This initiative brings NSW in line with other states and territories who already offer students extra allowances. 

The learning will be thanks to a scholarship administered by Charles Stuart University. 

Current classes will receive a pro-rata scholarship from 31 October.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb says the changes are expected to ease the current workloads on serving officers who are facing increased pressure from vacancy numbers. 

“This announcement is a game changer for our organisation,” she adds.

“Post COVID, recruitment in policing has suffered in Australia and across the world.

“Breaking down the barriers for people to leave one job and start with us without being financially disadvantaged is the most attractive incentive we’ve been able to offer for many years. 

“I can’t think of a more exciting announcement for the NSW Police Force and it comes at a time when I know all our current hard working, dedicated officers will be very relieved. The calvary is coming. 

“I’m committed to improving working conditions, stopping our frontline workers quitting and attracting more people to these vital roles – that’s why we are introducing this new incentive for future police officers. 

“Police do an incredible job to keep us safe, but the truth is they are stretched and overworked, and we can’t fix that if we don’t recruit and retain more officers.   

“We want to attract a diverse new cohort of NSW police officers, my message to anyone who has considered joining the NSW Police is that now is the time to apply.” 

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