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.

Read about the Bushfires NT Volunteer Strategy on the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

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. To find a brigade near you, go to the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

Step 2. Fill in the Bushfires NT application for appointment PDF (2.0 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.

If you are a volunteer who may be present at an area where fire-fighting operations are being carried out, you must complete the two day Bushfires Fire Fighter 1 training course.

This course is run by Bushfires NT in collaboration with Charles Darwin University (CDU).

Enrol in the course

To enrol, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Find or create your unique student identifier (USI). You can search for or create a USI on the Australian Government's USI website.

Step 2. Fill in sections 1, 6 and 8 of the CDU enrolment form PDF (774.0 KB).

Step 3. Fill in the language, literacy and numeracy self-assessment DOCX (41.8 KB).

Step 4. Email the completed self-assessment task and CDU enrolment form (sections 1, 6 and 8) to training.bushfiresNT@nt.gov.au.

Course assessment

You must do all of the following:

  • attend and successfully complete the two day Fire Fighter 1 training course
  • attend and participate in a fire incident under full supervision of an experienced fire fighter
  • have your supervisor on the fire complete a third party report
  • complete the post fire student report.

After the course, you will need to email the third party and post fire student reports to training.bushfiresNT@nt.gov.au.

You must do this within eight weeks of completing the course.


To contact Bushfires NT or your local volunteer bushfire brigade, go to the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

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Last updated: 28 March 2022

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