Student debt relief tempts police recruits

Queensland Police at graduation ceremony. | Newsreel
New incentives have sparked record Queensland Police recruitment numbers. | Photo: Tim Starkey (iStock)

Queensland Police are pulling out all stops in the battle for talent, with student debt relief among a range of new incentives designed to enhance recruitment numbers.

On relevant tertiary courses, including criminology, social work and counselling, the Queensland Police Service will pay $20,000 of a new recruit’s HECS debt.

It sweetens the pot for would-be Queensland officers, with $20,000 also on offer for police from other jurisdictions to help with relocation.

Other recent additions to the incentives list include the axing of application fees and an extra $183 fortnightly cost of living allowance, boosting a cadet training salary to $53,700 a year.

The new incentives have seen the recruitment pipeline double over the past 12 months, with more than 2000 applicants currently under consideration, compared to 960 this time last year.