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Project firefighter essential requirements

To become a project/senior project firefighter you must adhere to the following essential requirements.

Australian citizenship and residency

You must be an Australian Citizen or have a Permanent Resident Visa or an Australian Work Visa which allows you to work in Australia for the term of your contract. Documentary proof will be required of your work visa.

Further information on a work visa is available from the Australian Government.

Educational requirements

There are no minimum educational requirements or prerequisites to apply for a project firefighter position, however some desirable skills and experience include:

  • experience in firefighting operations

  • a trade skill, training or qualifications in natural resource management

  • truck licence or plant and equipment tickets

  • First Aid certificate.

For further desirable skills and other information about the positions, please refer to the role descriptions for project firefighter and senior project firefighter.

Police check, medical assessment and fitness test

Mandatory requirements for employment include a national police check (NPC) and medical and task based fitness assessments. An application must include a current NPC at the time of submitting which can be obtained through National Crime Check. Medical and tasked based fitness assessments will be incorporated during the recruitment process.

The medical assessment will determine whether individuals are suitably fit to undertake the task-based assessment and whether they can perform the nominated role.

As a project firefighter, your job can be physically demanding, involving dragging hoses, climbing ladders or lugging equipment.

Find out more on health and fitness for firefighters.