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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Transit Officer recruitment

Make a difference in your community – become a Transit Officer with the Public Transport Authority

Transit officers

Think you know what a Transit Officer does? Think again!

Transit Officers play a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of our passengers. The role of a Transit Officer is much more than simply checking tickets and issuing fines. 

Whilst working on PTA property, Transit Officers are law enforcement officers who have powers similar to that of WA Police. They have powers of arrest, use patrol vans and may be required to transport offenders, as well as prepare court briefs and other associated legal paperwork.

In addition to law enforcement, Transit Officers play an important role in customer service, providing assistance to our passengers and any other members of the public using our system. In this challenging role you will be part of a large and dynamic team working in a variety of locations across the metropolitan rail network.

If you are seeking a rewarding position, have the physical capabilities required, can handle pressure and the challenge of resolving problems and difficult situations, this may be the job for you!

The dates for the next round of Transit Officer recruitment will be available on this page later in the year. 

Assessment process

 Information sessions

There are a number of important steps that you must meet in order to become a Transit Officer.

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of our information sessions as it gives you the opportunity to find out more about the role and ask any questions you may have.
 Your application
You will be required to address a number of selection criteria and provide a comprehensive resume which includes two work related referees. Applications are submitted online at and will not be accepted after the closing time specified in the advertisement.
The selection panel will read through all submitted applications and assess against the work related requirements stated in the job advert. The panel will shortlist those who are competitive against these requirements.
 Physical tests

Applicants who progress through to the physical testing will be required to undergo a 'dummy drag' and ‘beep test’.

  1. The dummy drag test - A test of your strength for safely lifting an 'average' person.
  2. The beep test (shuttle run) - To assess your aerobic capacity. This test requires the participant to run with an increasing pace for approximately 8 minutes.
 Online aptitude tests
The PTA uses aptitude tests to assist in identifying applicants who are suitable for the role of a Transit Officer.The tests are designed to specifically measure skills relevant to the transport industry and relate to the duties of the role.
 Integrity check
This may include investigations into suspensions from employment, past employment records and performance, workers compensation and pending criminal charges. These screenings may be undertaken at any time throughout the recruitment process.
Applicants who progress to this stage will be invited to attend an interview and bring a copy of their current National Police Certificate.Referee checks will be conducted by the panel at this stage.
 Online psychometric assessment
This is a series of psychometric assessments that provide information about a person’s mental agility and personality characteristics. Links to the online assessments will be sent to you via email.
 Medical clearance (psychological and medical)
All PTA employees are required to undergo medical assessments. A one-on-one interview with a psychologist will be conducted to further assess suitability. A physical medical assessment will also be completed, this includes a medical history questionnaire.
Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email at the conclusion of each stage of the process. Those successful at the end of the process will be placed into a pool, which will remain open for a period of 6 months.
 Induction and training
Successful applicants will commence a 12-week training course which includes both coursework and practical training, as well as on-the-job experience. The training must be successfully completed before becoming a fully operational Transit Officer.

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