What to expect: The Firefighter Recruitment Process for each Australian State

While the majority of states have the same key steps during the firefighter recruitment process, details like the order of the examinations vary greatly. In order for you to be prepared and not thrown when you’re called you can use these charts to check what is the next step in the process. They’re compiled from the official websites and testimonials from firefighters who have finished the recruitment process, so you don’t have to do the searching yourself.

The recruitment process for each state begins with the leftmost item and ends with the rightmost. Successful applicants go through every step and then are invited to join the Fire Department as a fully fledged firefighter!

Melbourne MFB – Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Melborne is unique in that it includes a group assessment portion. The group assessment will test your ability to work as an individual and as a member of a team.


Country Fire Authority  – CFA

The Country Fire Authority (CFA)  is a pretty tight-lipped about their recruiting process. Details are scarce however I have gathered that this is the latest information available.


Department of Fire and Emergency Services – DFES WA

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) seems to have one of the most complex processes. It also validates your license at the end of the process so be sure you’re not wasting yours and the recruiter’s time!


Tasmania Fire Services – TFS

Tasmania Fire Services check your beep test results right in the beginning, so be sure you’re ready!


South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service – SAMFS

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service has the standard level 9.6 beep test during the physical training part of the recruitment process. If there is a basic template that the other states follow, it would be SAMFS’s process.


Northern Territory Fire Services

The physical tests during the Northern Territory Fire Services recruitment happen fairly late in the process. They also check your driving license at the end of the process, so if you need a little time to get your MRL (manual) license you can take it.

Northern Territory

Queensland – QLDFRS Queensland Fire & Rescue Service

The Queensland recruitment process begins you in the classroom taking a personality test.  It’s quite similar to the SAMFS recruitment process.


Australian Capital Territory Fire Service – ACT Fire & Rescue

The Australian Capital Territory Fire Service has the standard level beep test that filters out applicants first. You will also spend 3-4 hours doing written tests before you can do the physical ones.


New South Wales – NSWFB – Fire and Rescue NSW

The recruitment process in New South Wales is the most straightforward experience of all the Australian States. This doesn’t mean it’s any easier than the other states.

New South Wales

Airport – ARFF Aviation Fire & Rescue Service, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting 

The Aviation Rescue Firefighters have an online test component that needs to be completed after submitting your application.

Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting

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Brent Clayton

Brent Clayton

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 100 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.

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