Leaving policing is no longer a permanent decision: the Police Profession Register provides a pathway for former police officers to return to Victoria Police.

Victoria’s professional registration system for police commenced in April 2014 and is unique to Australia. 

PRSB administers the Register and conducts an independent assessment of an applicant's character, reputation, capabilities, experience and qualifications gained from prior police service and other work.  

Once registered, registrants may apply for re-employment with Victoria Police.

Who can apply?

  • Former Victoria Police members, who resigned voluntarily and are of good character and reputation.

  • Current members who are resigning voluntarily and are of good character and reputation may apply up to 3 months before departure. read more.

  • Members undertaking secondment or leave without pay may also apply for registration under a fast track process.

What qualifies me for registration?

  • Good character and reputation

  • Holding any qualifications and experience prescribed by the Regulations for that specified rank

  • Showing the capabilities required to perform as a police officer at a specified rank

I'm a police officer: What's in it for me?

  • I can keep the door open while taking a break from policing for career, family or personal reasons.

  • I won't have to start again. My prior police experience and skills will be recognised.

  • Newly gained capabilities, experience and qualifications will be independently assessed and valued. I may be eligible to apply for positions at a higher rank than held when I resigned. read more.

  • I can try something different in my career but still stay connected with the police profession. 

  • If I register at the time I resign, future employers will know I left Victoria Police in good standing.

      Read stories of police officers who have returned...

Organisation and community benefits

The registration scheme allows police to have diverse career options. Through registration, police can join other police services or work in other sectors but come back to Victoria Police. This reduces the permanent loss of capable police officers from Victoria Police and also means that those returning bring new skills, ideas and ways of working. Policing and shift work can be very demanding and the scheme allows police to take ‘time out’ if they need for health, family or other reasons.  

Key reports such as the Victoria Police Blue Paper (External link) and the PRSB Report Career and Capabilities of Former Victoria Police Members identify the potential benefits of bringing back former members with newly acquired skills, capabilities, work systems and different perspectives and mindsets.


Registration process

On average, the process takes 6-12 weeks but timelines may vary in individual cases. Click on the stages below to find out more.


Step 1: Application

Follow the step by step guide to apply for registration.


Step 2: Information gathering and checking

PRSB will request information from Victoria Police and your nominated referees.

You are also required to provide information to Victoria Police and PRSB throughout this stage.

Victoria Police information

Prior Service History Background Checks
Performance assessments LEAP/Criminal Record checks
Complaint and discipline history Internet based checks
Referee reports from prior supervisors in Victoria Police Any other necessary investigations  and enquiries

Nominated referees

PRSB will contact your referees, nominated from occupations other than Victoria Police, and ask for a written reference against the relevant rank capability profiles.


Step 3: Assessment

PRSB conducts an independent assessment against the qualifications for registration.

Good character and reputation

PRSB considers your character and reputation as demonstrated during prior service with Victoria Police and since resigning.This will include a full consideration of relevant professional and  personal matters.  

Qualifications and experience

Applicants must have completed Victoria Police foundation training to probationary constable status (sworn-in) and must not have been dismissed from Victoria Police.

 Qualifications and experience gained with Victoria Police and other policing agencies, other employment and voluntary work will also be considered.

Base-level capability is expected per rank; however, if you have gained substanal and relevant skills, knowledge,experience and qualifications aligned with a higher rank, since leaving Victoria Police, you may be better aligned with a higher rank.

Capabilities and leadership

PRSB considers qualifications, capabilities and experience gained with Victoria Police, other policing agencies and/or other employment and voluntary work and makes an assessment for a nominated rank against the Victoria Police Rank Capability Framework. 

For ranks of sergeant and above, consideration is given to your ability to demonstrate contemporary management and people-focused leadership and management capabilities. Read more here (External link).

If your application does not meet the qualifications at a specified rank, you will be notified and provided with the opportunity to submit further information.

PRSB may request a meeting with you prior to making a decision on your application.


Step 4: Decision  

PRSB President or Deputy President (Registration) decide registration applications (s.105 of Victoria Police Act 2013).

If you qualify for registration at a rank, you will receive a notice of intention to register which may include conditions such as, that you undertake:

  • a capability assessment as required by Victoria Police for the rank sought or the position attained through selection
  • any training and development programs required of you by Victoria Police for the rank sought or the position attained through selection.

Prior to a final decision, you will be given an opportunity to respond to the conditions, within 21 days.

Registration commences once you are entered on the Police Profession Register. Registration is valid for two years and may be renewed upon application. You will receive a certificate of registration which shows the expiry date.

If the PRSB considers that you do not meet the qualifications for registration, a notice of intention to refuse registration is issued which outlines the reasons for that view. You are then provided with an opportunity to make a further submission, which is taken into account before the final decision is made. In unusual cases, the PRSB may conduct a formal hearing to decide whether or not to register you (see Part 6, Victoria Police Act 2013).

What happens once registered 

PRSB notifies Victoria Police that you are entered on the Police Profession Register and at which rank. Once registered, you may apply for re-employment with Victoria Police.


Registrant responsibilities 

Notify PRSB of any change in contact or relevant personal details. 


Renewing registration 

Two months before registration expires, PRSB issues a notice of expiry and provides you with information about how to apply to renew.

If you gain new, relevant skills and experience while on the Register, you may apply to renew at a higher rank. read more...


Cancellations and suspensions

Registration may be cancelled or suspended in some circumstances in line with Part 6 Division 3 of the Victoria Police Act 2013.


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