Applicants are assessed at a specified rank against Victoria Police rank capability profiles.

Nominate a rank

  1. From the profiles, look at the capabilities and indicators for your departure rank.
  2. Think about how your experience, skills and qualifications might match these capabilities.
  3. If you have gained substantial and relevant skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications since leaving Victoria Police, you may be better aligned with a higher rank.
  4. For sergeant and above, consider whether your management and leadership capabilities match current expectations (see Management and Leadership Capability below).
  5. Nominate a rank. 

Management and Leadership Capability

Read these publications to find out about the qualities and behaviours expected of leaders in Victoria Police.

Evidence of Capability

For initial and renewal at higher rank applications, provide evidence of your capabilities against a rank.

  1. Provide examples using the principles of the STAR method.

    Explain the Situation (context), Task you were given or Action you took and the Result (outcome).

  2. Respond to the indicators, not just the heading: Dot points are acceptable.
  3. Provide relevant examples of your capabilities, which may be from your experience after leaving Victoria Police.
  4. Use policing language and concepts to make comparisons between your current/previous work and that within Victoria Police.  
  5. For sergeant and above, demonstrate relevant and contemporary management and leadership experience (see management and leadership capability above).

Note: Your nominated referees will be asked to provide a written reference on your capabilities at this rank.

Rank Capability Profiles

Provided below is a selection of examples from the capabilities and indicators for constable to commander. See rank capability profiles for all the examples.

 

Constable and Senior Constable

Displays Personal Drive and Integrity 

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Awareness of personal impact on others and constantly seeks to improve personal performance
Behaves professionally and ethically Challenges inappropriate attitudes, language and behaviour
Displays resilience Demonstrates reliability and resilience even in difficult circumstances

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates effectively

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Adapts style to suit audience and situation
Communicates in a professional manner Maintains composure in emotionally stressful or conflict situations
Negotiates confidently Listens to, considers and acknowledges differing ideas

Establishes Productive Working Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Understands the value of gender, cultural and generational diversity

Develops internal and external relationships Establishes and develops positive relationship with team members and community
Shares learning and supports others Identified development opportunities for self

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Manages own work and correspondence Maintains accurate and up-to-date records and files
Applies and develops professional expertise of self Contributes own expertise for benefit of the work area
Effective decision making Analyses and quickly assesses situations to make sound decisions under pressure

Supports Tasking and Coordination

Indicator Example
Aware of unit direction Knowledge of links between own team's goals and higher level plans
Undertakes tasks as directed Follows supervisor direction and seeks clarification if needed
Responds to change Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to meet changing work circumstances

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Performs police duties Shows initiative and self generates work
Responds to incidents Level of response for each incident is accurately assessed and provided
Preserves scenes and undertakes investigations All actions and reports taken at scenes optimise the location, preservation and production of evidence

 

 

Sergeant

Displays Personal Drive and Integrity

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Awareness of personal impact on others and constantly seeks to improve personal performance
Behaves professionally and ethically Challenges inappropriate attitudes, language and behaviour
Displays resilience Demonstrates reliability and resilience even in difficult circumstances

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates Effectively

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Manages group discussion effectively
Communicates in a professional manner Deals with challenges and questions effectively even when under pressure
Negotiates confidently Listens to differing ideas and views to develop a clear understanding of the issues

Builds Productive Working Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Understands the value of gender, cultural and generational diversity

Develops internal and external relationships Establishes and develops productive relationships with team members and community
Shares learning and supports others Understands the capabilities of team and matches these to development opportunities

 

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Manages work and resources of team Ensures workloads are manageable, fair and challenging
Applies and develops professional expertise of self and team Ensures self and team maintain critical skills and specialist knowledge 
Effective decision making Plans alternatives and explores options to make sound decisions under pressure

Supports Unit Strategy

Indicator Example
Understands unit direction Understands links between own team's goals and higher level plans
Thinks strategically Anticipates problems and identified solutions
Embraces change Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability and actively supports changes within the organisation

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Performs and supervises police duties Drive performance, shows initiative and is proactive 
Provides supervision at incidents Knowledge, understanding and implementation of critical incident response and management
Supervises preservation of scenes and investigations Ensures all actions and reports taken at scenes optimise the location, preservation and production of evidence

 

 

Senior Sergeant

Models Personal Drive and Integrity

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Awareness of personal impact on others and constantly seeks to improve personal performance
Behaves professionally and ethically Challenges inappropriate attitudes, language and behaviour
Displays resilience Demonstrates reliability and resilience even in difficult circumstances

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates with Influence

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Effectively communicates between management and unit
Communicates in a professional manner Deals with challenges and questions effectively even when under pressure
Negotiates confidently Listens to differing ideas and views to develop a clear understanding of the issues

Builds Productive Working Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Understands the value of gender, cultural and generational diversity

Develops internal and external relationships Establishes and develops productive relationships with team members and community
Shares learning and supports others Understands the capabilities of team and matches these to development opportunities

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Manages work and resources of unit Ensures workloads are manageable, fair and challenging
Applies and develops professional expertise of self and unit Ensures self and team maintain critical skills and specialist knowledge 
Effective decision making Plans alternatives and explores options to make sound decisions under pressure

Implements Strategic Direction

Indicator Example
Supports shared purpose and direction Understands links between own team's goals and higher level plans
Thinks strategically Anticipates problems and identified solutions
Implements change Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability and actively supports changes within the organisation

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Supervises and monitors police duties Drive performance, shows initiative and is proactive 
Provides senior supervision at incidents Knowledge, understanding and implementation of critical incident response and management
 

Inspector

Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Identifies personal developmental requirements and seeks self-development opportunities
Demonstrates and encourages professionalism Challenges inappropriate attitudes, language and behaviour; confronts and deals with ethical issues
Displays resilience Maintains effective performance levels in highly charged or high-pressure situations

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates with Influence

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Manages group discussions effectively
Adapts communication to audience Selects the most appropriate communications strategy
Negotiates persuasively Anticipates the stance of other parties and develops strategies for influencing others

Builds and Manages Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Understands the value of gender, cultural and generational diversity

Promotes internal and external relationships Builds and sustains relationships with a range of stakeholders
Guides, coaches and develops people Identifies cause and effectively manages under-performance

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Drives service delivery Promote and drive a service delivery and continuous improvement culture
Manages local area work and resources Negotiates and manages resources to meet operational and business requirements
Builds organisational capability Encourages others to develop their leadership skills, giving guidance and support

Implements Strategic Direction

Indicator Example
Identifies purpose and drives change Translates strategic objectives into operational or business goals
Thinks strategically Anticipates and prepares for the impact of changes to legislation and policy
Promotes and drives change Takes responsibility for overcoming resistance to change

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Manages and reviews police duties Set direction and drives performance
Manages incidents Accurately assess and manage risks
 

Superintendent

Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Models and encourages staff to take responsibility for their physical and psychological wellbeing
Demonstrates and encourages professionalism Makes decisions for the corporate good without favouritism, bias or above personal ambitions
Displays resilience Takes responsibility for mistakes, acknowledges when wrong and learns from the experience

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates with Influence

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Ensure the communication and consultative processes are functioning and effective
Adapts communication to audience Selects the most appropriate communications strategy
Negotiates persuasively Maintains composure and deals with challenge and questions effectively

Builds and Manages Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Acknowledges and respects a broad range of social and cultural customs, beliefs and values

Facilitates cooperation and partnerships Overcoming organisational silos, bridging differences in understanding between key stakeholders
Guides, coaches and develops people Assesses performance in a manner that encourages learning and achieves mutually required resolution

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Drives service delivery Commits to targets and achieves results; enables other to do the same
Manages local area work and resources Manages financial and budgetary processes
Builds organisational capability Understand capability requirements

Implements and Shapes Strategic Direction

Indicator Example
Inspires a sense of purpose and direction Influences direction and how the work of own business area fits into the organisation, wider community and whole of government agenda
Focuses strategically Scans the internal and external environment for new trends and recent developments that are likely to affect own business area
Influences and drives change Manages performance and change to deliver the most effective and efficient policing service

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Manages policing operations Determine and directs operational priorities
Manages major incidents Accurately assess and manage major risks
 

Commander

Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity

Indicator Example
Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development Models and encourages staff to take responsibility for their physical and psychological wellbeing
Demonstrates and encourages professionalism Models and encourages behaviours that are honest, ethical and professional
Displays resilience Maintains composure when under pressure; does not react personally to criticism

Manages all official information appropriately and securely

Recognises the sensitivity or confidentiality of information and follows legislation and policy

Communicates with Influence

Indicator Example
Communicates clearly and effectively Ensure the communication and consultative processes are functioning and effective
Adapts communication to audience Selects the most appropriate communications strategy
Negotiates persuasively Strives to achieve outcomes that delivers benefits for all parties

Builds and Manages Relationships

Indicator Example
Treats everyone with respect

Actively listens and involves others and recognises the contributions made

Facilitates cooperation and partnerships Champions the interests and commitments of the organisation in the development of joint strategies
Guides, coaches and develops people Identifies and nurtures talent and provides access to targeted stretching development opportunities

Achieves Results

Indicator Example
Drives service delivery Coordinates and evaluates projects, performance and business processes and manages contracts judiciously
Manages work area and resources Negotiates and manages resources to meet operational and business requirements
Builds organisational capability Plans and manages succession to meet future capability requirements

Implements and Shapes Strategic Direction

Indicator Example
Inspires a sense of purpose and direction Influences direction and how the work of own business area fits into the organisation, wider community and whole of government agenda
Focuses strategically Scans the internal and external environment for new trends and recent developments that are likely to affect own business area
Influences and drives change Manages performance and change to deliver the most effective and efficient policing service

Employs Policing Skills

Indicator Example
Manages policing operations Determine and directs operational priorities
Manages major incidents Accurately assess and manage major risks