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Chief Superintendent - Bushfire Centre of Excellence

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Job Ref:  6517
Employer:  Department of Fire & Emergency Services (WA)
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Perth WA, Australia (Show on map)

WA Fire Services EBA, Chief Superintendent, $152,107 pa
Position No: 006517
Work Type: Permanent - Full Time
Division: Operational
Location: Perth Metro
Closing Date: 2018-08-13 5:00 PM

As part of our strategy to increase the diversity of our workforce, initially only Aboriginal people may apply for this job (refer to section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA), as amended).  If there are still opportunities after this initial recruitment activity, then we may advertise the position without this requirement.


This position leads and manages the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence, a unit of the Rural Fire Division of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The Centre of Excellence aims to improve fire management outcomes through leadership, collaboration and innovation across the rural fire sector. In addition to the management of its business operations, this senior role is responsible for implementing the strategic business direction of the Centre. Where appropriate and required to support the broader Department, the Chief Superintendent may also contribute their emergency management knowledge and expertise to major incidents or emergency operations. Specific responsibilities of the role include:

  • Providing senior leadership for the Rural Fire Division.
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders, including state agencies, local governments, organisations, industry, volunteers and communities.
  • Facilitating and encouraging the development and application of knowledge and expertise relating to rural fire management.



  1. Evidence you meet the Essential Pre-Requisite as outline on page 4 of the Job Description Form (JDF); your application will not be assessed if you fail to provide evidence.
  2. A statement of no more than 5 pages addressing the Essential Criteria as outlined in the JDF.
  3. Curriculum Vitae of no more than 8 pages which describes your work history, education, qualifications, skills, knowledge, abilities relevant to this position.
  4. The names and contact details, including email address of at least three people who have been your supervisor and can comment on your leadership and managerial capabilities.   Supervisor reports will only be sought for those applicants shortlisted for further assessment.

Chief Superintendents will be required to work after hours and on weekends as part of a 320/8 Non-rostered shift work and will be required to participate in an on call roster.


Applicants short listed for further consideration will be required to participate in both an interview and a written exercise to assess their communication, stakeholder management and managerial skills.


DFES is an emergency services organisation and all employees may be required to work business hours or outside of normal business hours to assist with emergencies.


We encourage you to contact Murray Carter for additional information about the job by telephone on (08) 9395 9328 or by 


Applications will only be accepted from Aboriginal applicants. Proof of Aboriginality may be required.


A condition of employment for new employees of DFES is that a current National Police Certificate (less than 3 months old) is provided prior to an offer being made. 


As Western Australia’s leading hazard management agency, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) performs a critical role coordinating emergency services for a range of natural disasters and emergency incidents threatening life and property.

Supported by an extensive network of volunteers and career workers, DFES works together with community and government to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a diverse range of emergencies.

DFES is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages Aboriginal people, young people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and women to apply.


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