Commissioned Fire Officers
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).
Commissioned Fire Officers gain their position after extensive experience as a fire fighter and progressing through the ranks of their profession.
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.
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Commissioned Officers (Management), under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 97% of people employed as Commissioned Fire Officers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 31 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Commissioned Fire Officers work in the Public administration and safety industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Commissioned Fire Officers||All Jobs Average|
Around 51% of Commissioned Fire Officers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Commissioned Fire Officers is 50 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Commissioned Fire Officers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.3||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Commissioned Fire Officers gain their position after extensive experience as a fire fighter and progressing through the ranks of their profession.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Commissioned Fire Officers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||13.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||1.9||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Commissioned Officers (Management) who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, provide leadership, direction and planning.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
61%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
57%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Teaching people how to do something.
54%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
80%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
75%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
74%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
66%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
59%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
58%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
53%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
50%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
50%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
45%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
See details that are far away.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Read and understand written information.
55%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
81%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
78%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
76%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
75%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
75%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
75%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
74%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
73%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
73%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
73%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
71%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
69%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
69%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
69%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
67%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
67%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
63%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
62%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
61%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
59%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
92%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
Work with people in a group or team.
91%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
90%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
89%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
89%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
87%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
87%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Talk on the telephone.
87%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
86%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
85%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
84%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
84%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
80%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
77%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
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