Stage 2 of psychological screening is conducted in Melbourne, with non-Victorian candidates flown in for the day. Further tests are followed by an in-depth interview with a psychologist.
From across the territory, a number of officers have been selected and trained to participate in the new candidates assessment panel. In order to bring ‘fresh eyes’ to the application, the three-person panel is made up of those who have, ideally, no previous knowledge of the candidate.
Panel members review all application forms, recommendations and reports, as they prepare to interview the candidate on behalf of the territory. The assessment panel interview can take between two-three hours, with calling, leadership and resilience just some of the areas covered. Panel members then prepare their summary and recommendation report.
The application is brought before the territorial candidates council. With access to all recommendations, interview notes and other documents, council members carefully weigh the strengths and weaknesses of the application in making the decision to accept a candidate for training as an officer.