Commissioned Police Officers provide high level management to support the running of geographical or operational sections of a police service.

    Extensive experience is needed to work as a Commissioned Police Officer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Commissioned Police Officers often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Establishes administrative and operational procedures by taking account of the organisation's operating environment.
    • Makes policy decisions and accepts responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures.
    • Establishes lines of control and delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff.
    • Represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public.
    • Controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance.
    • Controls the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation.
    • Prepares budgets and other management plans.
    • Prepares reports, authorises the release of information, and handles public relations activities.

    More about Commissioned Officers (Management)

    All Commissioned Officers (Management)

    • $2,834 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Commissioned Police Officers

    • 790 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 98% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 11% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Commissioned Police Officers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 790 in 2011 to 790 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Commissioned Police Officers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (98%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (85%).
    • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety99.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.5
    Education and Training0.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCommissioned Police OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW42.431.6
    VIC23.125.6
    QLD13.320.0
    SA5.07.0
    WA8.510.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT2.01.0
    ACT3.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCommissioned Police OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-340.4-22.922.9
    35-4415.1-22.022.0
    45-5460.8-21.621.6
    55-5919.5-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCommissioned Police OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate41.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree22.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma24.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.3-21.121.1
    Year 127.3-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.4-12.512.5

    Extensive experience is needed to work as a Commissioned Police Officer. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Commissioned Police Officers often have university qualifications.

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    • driver's licence
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    Employers look for Commissioned Officers (Management) who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, provide leadership, direction and planning.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      84% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Public Safety and Security

      82% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    3. Law and Government

      73% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. Education and Training

      72% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Psychology

      71% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact With Others

      98% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Electronic Mail

      97% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      96% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-1012.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives.

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