How to become a Firefighter

Firefighters control and extinguish fires and protect life, property and the environment as members of fire brigades.

Personal requirements of a Firefighter

  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy helping people and contributing to community safety
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to pass a medical examination
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Willing to undertake ongoing training and professional development

Education & Training for a Firefighter

You can work as a firefighter without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10 or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. You will receive training on the job and through in-house training courses. Applicants who meet the basic criteria must pass a range of clearances and assessments. This may include an interview, character reference check, National Police Check, psychological test, medical examination or fitness assessment. Contact the fire authority in your state or territory for further information. If you are successful, you will attend a training course. Durations vary (up to three years in Queensland and Victoria) and may be followed by an extended period of training, study and assessment. Contact the fire authority in your state or territory for more information.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,300

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.5%

NSW 23%

NT 1.5%

QLD 23.8%

SA 8.6%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 30.2%

WA 10.7%

Hours worked:

40.3

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 96.1%

Female 3.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 5.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 37.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 19.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 23.8%

Above 35 years: 76.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Depending on your state or territory, you may need to be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency. You may also be required to obtain a stipulated drivers licence class, undergo a National Police Check and medical examination, and hold a Provide First Aid Certificate.
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