Fire and emergency

Firefighters and South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service officers are entitled to be given notice when the Chief Officer of the SAMFS wishes to nominate a person to a position.

If you believe you have a claim to a position that has been filled by another person, and wish to appeal that appointment decision, you can apply to SAET for a review.

The review can only occur if you are of the same rank or lower rank than the position.

Firefighters who have been suspended due to alleged misconduct can also apply for SAET reviews.

Who can apply?

If you are an officer or firefighter of the same rank or lower rank than the position that has been filled by another candidate, you can apply for a SAET review.

If you are a firefighter who has been suspended to due alleged misconduct, you can apply for SAET to review the suspension.

What do I need to do?

If you are seeking a SAET review due to either of the circumstances outlined above, you must apply to SAET for a review within 14 days after notice is given of the appointment or suspension.

You can be represented by your industrial association or a lawyer.

What can I expect?

If your application relates to an appointment decision, SAET will review the nomination and related evidence and either confirm the appointment or revoke the nomination and direct that another candidate be appointed.

If your application relates to a suspension, SAET will make a final determination on the suspension.

A Presidential Member of SAET will hear your review. Your Chief Officer may choose to be represented by an SA Metropolitan Fire Service officer or – if you choose to have legal representation – by a lawyer.


Please obtain the relevant form(s) via the SAET Forms page. 

Is there a cost?


Where can I find more information?

You can contact the SAET Registry if you have questions about the process.