Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Entry standards

What are the minimum entry standards?

To be eligible for consideration you must meet the following minimum residency, educational and other entry standards:

Residency requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must hold Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency (please note, Darwin applicants must be Australian Citizens).

Other requirements

You must also have:

  1. a Year 10 Certificate (full completion) plus a minimum of two years’ fulltime paid employment
  2. a current manual driver’s licence and the ability to gain a heavy rigid licence at least four weeks’ prior to commencement
  3. a Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent prior the assessment centre displaying one of the following course codes:
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or
  • HLTAID006 Provide Advanced First Aid.

If you currently possess an older certification, this will not be accepted, even if is not yet expired. Certificates must have been obtained within the last three years and must not expire within the next 18 months (for more information, please see FAQs).

If you are applying for water rescue-equipped locations, you must also hold a current water competency qualification (e.g. Bronze Medallion) or have the ability to undertake and pass an ARFF water competency assessment prior to commencement of the recruit course.

You will also be asked a number of questions in your application which we will consider in shortlisting throughout the recruitment process. This will include your experience and/or commitment to working shift work; in a safety-focused environment and as an aviation rescue fire fighter. You will also be required to attach a current CV or resume as part of your application.

Security information for Darwin applicants

Aviation rescue fire fighters at Darwin station are now required to obtain and maintain a National Security Clearance at Baseline level, in addition to an Airside ASIC.

The security vetting process to obtain a National Security Clearance is conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency. It is a requirement of this process that an applicant holds Australian Citizenship. As a result, those registering Darwin station as a preference MUST be Australian Citizens. Applicants who do not hold Australian Citizenship will not be accepted at this location.

As the clearance process can take a number of months, it is essential for Darwin applicants to familiarise themselves with the information they will need to provide if successful via the fact sheets found on the Department of Defence’s website.