Volunteering: cyclones, fire and disasters

Volunteer with Bushfires NT

Bushfires NT works with landowners and the wider community to manage and prevent bushfires in the Northern Territory (NT).

It supports 20 volunteer fire brigades across the NT with about 500 active volunteers.

Bushfire volunteers are landholders and members of the community - men and women from all cultural backgrounds, age groups and professions.

The Bushfires NT Volunteer Strategy 2019-2022 is now available. It seeks to develop and enhance volunteer programs, align goals and provide future direction for Bushfires NT and volunteer bushfire brigades.


There are a range of Bushfires NT volunteering roles that will suit a variety of people.

Volunteers take part in the following types of work:

  • fighting and preventing bushfires
  • fuel hazard reduction
  • going to bushfires and operating firefighting equipment
  • operational support during a bushfire
  • fundraising for local brigades.

Appointment as a Bushfires NT volunteer protects you from liability when you are participating in the chain of command and acting in good faith during a bushfire response.

You must:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be a member of a volunteer bushfire brigade.

You will be given training to ensure you are a confident, safe and competent brigade member.

Your appointment will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • relevant skills and training
  • relevant health or medical factors
  • any history of serious criminal conviction.

To become a volunteer with Bushfires NT you should follow the below steps.

Step 1. Join a volunteer bushfire brigade. Contact Bushfires NT to find a brigade near you.

Step 2. Fill in the Bushfires NT application for appointment PDF (1.8 MB).

This includes:

  • an application form
  • national police check
  • talent release authorisation.

Step 3. Get your application endorsed by the captain of your volunteer bushfire brigade.

Step 4. Submit the completed application to your local Bushfires NT office.


Head office

Lot 1718 Albatross St
PO Box 37346
Winnellie NT 0821
Phone: 08 8922 0844


Vernon Arafura fire management zone

142 Cameron Road
c/o Post Office
Batchelor NT 0845
Phone: 08 8976 0098


Savannas and Arnhem fire management zones

32 Giles St
PO Box 532
Katherine NT 0851
Phone: 08 8973 8871

Tennant Creek

Barkly fire management zone

33 Leichhardt St
PO Box 846
Tennant Creek NT 0861
Phone: 08 8962 4577

Alice Springs

Alice Springs fire management zone

3 Elder St
PO Box 2533
Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 08 8952 3066

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Last updated: 27 September 2019


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