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To be eligible to apply for the position of Firefighter with DFES, an applicant MUST have one of the following:

  • Australian Citizenship,
  • Australian Permanent Residency, or
  • Special Category Visa for New Zealand citizens with unrestricted work rights.

A temporary partner visa (pending permanency), working visa, or similar, deems someone INELIGIBLE to apply.

As part of the application process, applicants will be required to attach evidence of their eligibility (eg, passport, appropriate visa, birth certificate). Even if an applicant does have eligibility, if these documents are not uploaded, the application will not proceed further.


The prerequisites of an HR licence and appropriate First Aid qualification (HLTFAID003) will need to be provided and confirmed during the recruitment process. Dates will be provided once confirmed. It is strongly advised that prospective applicants attempt to obtain both prerequisites prior to applying to avoid disappointment of being unable to obtain them as providers become extremely busy once the process commences.

Age: While there is no minimum age, all applicants must be able to provide the prerequisites during the process. The HR licence generally requires someone to have held their normal licence for a minimum of 2 years prior to being eligible. Therefore, in general, applicants will be 19 or over. There is no age maximum for applications. However, DFES has recognised that as part of its diversity strategy, there is an increased organisational need for younger people. This is taken into account when considering the final composition of the schools but does not impede people from all ages in being successful.



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