This stage in the selection process requires you to complete two online assessments. The first is the Cognitive Ability Assessment and the second is the Psychological Assessment.

You will be invited to undertake the SAFESELECT Online Testing anytime during a five day period (including weekdays and weekend). If you progress to SAFESELECT testing, you will be advised of the dates. The test will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and will require:

  • Internet connection
  • Screen resolution of 1024 x 768 minimum
  • Supported browser:  Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari (Please note that the latest version of Google Chrome is the recommended browser for the assessments
  • Adobe Flash plug-in: available at
  • An up-to-date version of Java (for skills tests).
  • Pop-up blockers disabled (turned off)

Please don’t use a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet to complete these assessments. We can’t guarantee that the assessments will work properly on such devices and you may be disadvantaged as a result.

Before you complete the assessment you must complete an Informed Consent – this contains three key points in relation to identity checking:

  • You may be asked to verify you identity at a later time;
  • You may be required to sign a statutory declaration;
  • Providing a false statement in a statutory declaration could result in being charged with a criminal offence, which carries up to four years imprisonment.

Cognitive Ability Assessment

The online Cognitive Ability Assessment measures verbal comprehension, numerical reasoning and problem solving.

This is a game-based assessment called Cognify, which requires you to move through a series of modules or ‘games’ to complete the assessment.

Psychological Assessment

This is a multiple-choice assessment, which is comprised of four questionnaires, each measuring different aspects of your personality, behavioural preferences and work style.

The purpose of the assessment, now called SAFESELECT, is to determine your psychological profile, which is very important because the job of firefighter can be both demanding and stressful. This allows us to compare your psychological profile against the profile of the type of person who is most likely to be successful in this type of work. In this respect, it is basically no different to the other assessments that are carried out during the selection process. The psychological assessment also increases the likelihood that, if you are selected, your career with the Tasmania Fire Service will be rewarding both to yourself and the TFS.

As a result of completing the SAFESELECT questionnaires, you may be contacted by an Australian Institute of Forensic Psychology (AIFP) psychologist for further information. This may occur either prior to or after interviews with the selection panel are held.