Lateral recruitment

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Lateral Recruitment Process – ACT Fire & Rescue

Lateral entry recruitment allows ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) the opportunity to appoint firefighters who have experience as full time operational employees of a recognised urban fire and rescue service to fill vacancies on a needs basis.

ACT Fire & Rescue Lateral Recruitment Policy HR-02, provides a framework for the recruitment, selection and appointment of firefighters who meet the competency requirements to undertake operational duties as a firefighter with ACTF&R through lateral recruitment.

Consistent with all ACTF&R recruitment processes, lateral recruitment seeks to select employees who are medically, physically and psychologically resilient and capable of safely and effectively performing the duties of an operational firefighter.

Phase 1

Applicants interested in applying for lateral recruitment with ACTF&R will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • A written response to the following questions (with a limit of 250 words per question):
    • What is your understanding of the role, responsibilities and nature of employment as a fire fighter with ACTF&R?
    • What has motivated you to apply for a position in ACTF&R?
  • A statement of service from your current employer that demonstrates continuous full-time employment with a recognised urban fire service within 12 months of the application date.
  • A training transcript from your current employer;
  • A current resume, no more than 2 pages;
  • Two written referee reports (preferably one from your current or recent supervisor);
  • Current First Aid Certificate (Apply First Aid or equivalent);
  • Current Australian MR Class License (or equivalent) with no restrictions.
  • A current unrestricted ACT Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) card.

Note: Applicants who are unable to submit a WWVP card in Phase 1 of the process will need to hold a current card before an offer of employment can be made. Information on WWVP registration is available from the Access Canberra website. All costs associated with the completion of a WWVP check must be met by the applicant.

All applicants are required to complete and submit an Application Coversheet with their application. All applications should be emailed to

Phase 2

Phase 2 consists of the following components. Applicants will be required to submit a medical consent form prior to participating in this phase.

  • Demonstrate (through participation in a proficiency challenge) current skills and experience in firefighting and other emergency incident operations as prescribed by the Chief Officer;
  • Achieve the required standard in nominated elements of the ACTF&R Physical Aptitude Test (PAT); and
  • Participate in an interview.

Applicants who successfully complete Phases 1 & 2 will proceed to Phase 3.

Phase 3

  • Undertake a Psychological Assessment;
  • Achieve the required standard in a pre-employment medical check to be considered medically fit to undertake the duties of a firefighter; and
  • Undertake a National Police History check.

Note: ACTF&R have an exemption under Section 19 of the Spent Convictions Act 2000 for offences related to arson. That is, any past convictions (irrespective of age) that relate to arson will be reported in a criminal record check.

  • Probation – in accordance with the ACT Public Sector ACTF&R Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017, all successful applicants will be required to undertake a probationary period of no less than six months.

Salary Rates

Salary rates up to an including FB5, as per the Enterprise Agreement are as follows;

  • FB1 (FF4th class in training) – $69,301
  • FB2 (FF 3rd class) – $74,614
  • FB3 (FF 2nd class) – $78,422
  • FB4 (FF 1st class) – $85,273
  • FB5 (Senior Firefighter) – $89,841

Note: All successful applicants will be employed on probation as Firefighter 4th Class (FB1) for the period of their initial training, and be promoted to Firefighter 3rd Class (FB2) upon the successful completion. Following confirmation of appointment, Lateral Recruits will be eligible to apply for promotion up to and including the rank of Senior Firefighter (FB5).

Applications for promotion will be subject to, but not limited to, an assessment of prior learning, current qualifications and current experience.

To apply for a position with ACTF&R refer to the Jobs ACT website.

Further detail on leave entitlements and conditions of service for firefighters can be found in the current Enterprise Agreement located on the Jobs ACT website at the following link –

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