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Are You Ready?

1. Are you an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident?

NSW Ambulance is unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship for international applicants.

2. Do you possess either a manual NSW Green Provisional Driver (P2) Licence (year 2) or a manual NSW unrestricted Driver Licence or equivalent?

If not, you won't be eligible to submit an application. Please note, we accept applications from candidates with a Green Provisional Driver Licence, however, you must have your Unrestricted NSW Manual Light Rigid Driver Licence before commencing employment with NSW Ambulance.

3. Do you have a good driving history?

To meet NSW Ambulance driving requirements you cannot have incurred more than six demerit points in the last three years or had your licence suspended or cancelled in the last two years or had more than one driving under the influence offence in your entire driving history Driving records will be reviewed prior to appointment.

4. Are you willing to consent to a criminal background check?

Candidates are subject to a National Criminal Record check prior to appointment.

5. Are you willing to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC)?

A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a prerequisite for anyone in child-related work. This check is valid for five years. If you have a current paid employment WWCC, you won't be required to obtain another one.

6. If successful, are you willing and eligible to obtain your Light Rigid Licence before appointment?

You must have your unrestricted NSW Manual Light Rigid Driver Licence before commencing employment with NSW Ambulance.

7. Are you medically fit?

Prior to appointment, you'll be required to undertake a medical assessment to ensure you can perform the inherent requirements of the paramedic role. Your medical assessment will include a blood test, hand grip strength, abdominal strength, upper and lower body strength and agility. 

8. Are you willing to be posted to any location in NSW at the direction of NSW Ambulance?

NSW Ambulance must meet operational requirements across metropolitan and regional NSW. As a condition of your employment with NSW Ambulance, you may be required to work at any sector in the state. You'll be notified of your sector allocation at the time of offering employment.

9. Are you prepared to work 12 hour shifts, including night shifts, weekends and public holidays? You may also be required to work on call and overtime shifts.

10. Are you emotionally resilient? Would you be able to cope with the traumatic incidents you could be called to as a paramedic, such as serious motor vehicle collisions, multiple patients, emotional patients and bystanders, accidents and assault?

11. Are you prepared to treat patients? This may include administering medications, injecting needles and managing bodily fluids.

12. Are you prepared to treat patients from all age groups, diverse racial, religious, cultural or gender backgrounds?

13. Are you willing to commit to an induction at NSW Ambulance, State Headquarters in Rozelle, Sydney, for a period of up to eight weeks, followed by a training period of up to three years?


There are no prizes for guessing that if you truthfully answered ‘yes' to all of the above questions then you are most likely a great fit for our organisation. Chances are you'll not only love being a paramedic, but you'll excel in this career.

If you answered 'no' to any of the above questions, then take some time to reconsider your stance - perhaps there are personal skills you could learn to swing your ‘no' to a ‘yes'?

If you are unsure of your answers to any of these questions, contact our recruitment team. 


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