Commissioned Fire Officers provide high level management to support the running of geographical or operational sections of a fire service.

Specialisations: Fire Investigator, Inspector (Fire Services).

You will need to have extensive experience as a fire fighter and progress through the ranks of your profession to advance to the rank of a Commissioned Fire Officer. Commissioned Fire Officers often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Establishes administrative and operational procedures by taking account of the organisation's operating environment.
  • Makes policy decisions and accepts responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures.
  • Establishes lines of control and delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff.
  • Represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public.
  • Controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance.
  • Controls the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation.
  • Prepares budgets and other management plans.
  • Prepares reports, authorises the release of information and handles public relations activities.

More about Commissioned Officers (Management)

All Commissioned Officers (Management)

  • $2,834 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Commissioned Fire Officers

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 97% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Commissioned Fire Officers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Commissioned Fire Officers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (97%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (71%).
  • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety91.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.7
Construction0.9
Arts and Recreation Services0.6
Other Industries1.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommissioned Fire OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.831.6
VIC22.125.6
QLD20.020.0
SA7.87.0
WA12.210.8
TAS3.72.0
NT2.11.0
ACT2.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommissioned Fire OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.3-9.39.3
25-345.2-22.922.9
35-4423.8-22.022.0
45-5444.1-21.621.6
55-5919.0-9.09.0
60-646.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCommissioned Fire OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate13.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree10.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma38.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV29.9-21.121.1
Year 125.2-18.118.1
Year 111.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.9-12.512.5

You will need to have extensive experience as a fire fighter and progress through the ranks of your profession to advance to the rank of a Commissioned Fire Officer. Commissioned Fire Officers often have university qualifications.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • manual drivers licence
  • national police check
  • medical test
  • fitness test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Public Safety VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Commissioned Officers (Management) who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, provide leadership, direction and planning.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    80% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    75% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Education and Training

    74% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Building and Construction

    66% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  5. Mechanical

    62% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-1021.01 - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    92% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

  2. Work With Work Group or Team

    92% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  3. Contact With Others

    91% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    90% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  5. Impact of Decisions

    89% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-1021.01 - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors.

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