Indigenous Pathways

Indigenous Fire and Rescue Employment Strategy (IFARES)

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is proud to have Indigenous Australians serving as both permanent and retained (on-call) firefighters.

Working in partnership with the Aboriginal Learning Centre TAFE NSW, FRNSW offers a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to gain a recognised qualification and an insight into FRNSW through the IFARES program.

IFARES is a six-month block release program designed to increase the skills and knowledge of intelligent, fit, health and community-minded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women interested in becoming FRNSW firefighters.

Candidates will complete a Certificate IV in Fitness while engaging in simulated training activities unique to FRNSW. At the end of the program, candidates will commence the recruitment process to become a permanent firefighter. FRNSW always strongly encourages women to apply.

In return for serving the community, permanent firefighters receive good pay, superannuation, first-class training, access to higher education, a rewarding roster allowing quality time with family and opportunities to represent FRNSW in sporting and social events. For further information and frequently asked questions, click here.

Applications for the IFARES program are currently closed. To stay up to date, follow us on Facebook

IFARES Eligibility

To be considered for the IFARES program, you must:

  • reside in NSW
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • have a Provisional Licence (at least a Red P Licence)
  • have a minimum Year 10 Certificate
  • attend a five day orientation in Sydney
  • participate in a six month program including five residential blocks.

Further information

Further information about the IFARES program, head to our Facebook page or contact us via the contact details below.


Contact details


Fire and Rescue Recruitment
1 Amarina Avenue,
Greenacre, NSW, 2190
Phone: (02) 9265 2999