How to apply for a vacancy

The following information relates to applications for Police employee positions within the New Zealand Police. If you looking for information about becoming a Police Officer please visit

The public have high expectations of the service they get from New Zealand Police. That's why we’re selective about who we employ. We look for people from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate our core values and behaviours that are important to achieving our goals. To assess these values and behaviours, we use a number of assessments tools including competency-based interviews and pre-appointment checks.

Before you apply, read through the Police core values and competencies.

Applying for a vacancy

In order to apply for a role at NZ Police, you will need to register your profile. Once this is complete you will be taken to a list of all our current vacancies. You can apply for vacancies by completing an online application form and submitting a CV.

Complete the application form telling us why you are interested in the position and how you meet the core competencies of the role, using no more than 4000 characters (including spaces), approximately 600-650 words per section. Make sure that your CV clearly sets out how you meet the skills, education and experience required in the job advertisement.



Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. Please visit our Career Opportunities section to search and apply for this position.

If you are an existing Police employee (excluding Contractors) please apply through our internal Careers site.

If you are an existing Contractor working for Police, you must apply through the NZ Police career site and create a profile as an external candidate. Please do not include your QID.

Competency interview

If you are invited to a competency interview, you will be expected to give specific examples and descriptions of situations where you have demonstrated the competencies in the job advertisement. These situations will be probed in a systematic way to help the interview panel build up a picture of your strengths and areas for development.

Pre-appointment checks

All successful applicants will undergo full reference checking and a Police check before any offer of employment is made.

People who can work at New Zealand Police

To be employed by New Zealand Police on a permanent basis, you must:

  • be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or be a New Zealand Permanent Resident.

You may be employed by New Zealand Police on a temporary basis if you:

  • have lawful authority to work in New Zealand which includes a Work Permit with conditions that allow the holder to work in the position applied for; or have a variation of condition to a Visitor or Student Permit that allows such work.

If you are in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Scheme Permit you are not allowed to take up permanent employment. The process for obtaining a Work Permit is explained on the Immigration New Zealand website.