Community Defibrillator Fund

Ambulance Tasmania

Community Defibrillator Fund

Ambulance Tasmania’s Community Defibrillator Fund has now provided 180 heart starting defibrillators under a State Government grant of $540 000 over two years 2018 to 2020.

AED applications are assessed  based on location, accessibility, willingness to maintain, registering and preparedness to join the Early Access to Defibrillation Program.

The probability of surviving a cardiac arrest declines between seven and 10 per cent with each passing minute, so early access to a defibrillator can save someone's life.

AEDs are very easy to use and have audio to talk the user through the procedure.

AED Shockingly easy. Save a life with a defibrillator. For more information 1300 979 057 or Ambulance Tasmania AED locator smart phone app shows registered community-held AED locations across Tasmania

2021 AED Community Defibrillator Initiative

In May 2021,  the Tasmanian Government committed to provide the Tasmanian community with 180 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years.  This important initiative will provide increased access to potentially life-saving intervention in the event of a person suffering a cardiac event.

This initiative is being administered by Ambulance Tasmania, with two rounds of applications, each providing 90 AEDs to rural and remote areas of Tasmania.

This first round of applications has now closed.

The first round of applications will be reviewed and we will advise the outcome of submissions from November 2021.
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Community Defibrillator Fund - Information and Application >>

This is a great opportunity for individuals , community organisations and no-for-profit organisations to register their interest in obtaining a Tasmanian Government funded AED through the Community Defibrillator Fund.

The Application Form, including eligibility criteria, Information for Applicants and Frequently Asked Questions are available below.

Applications will be  reviewed and assessed against criteria, which includes the proposed location and accessibility of the defibrillator, the ability of the applicant to maintain it, the defibrillator being registered, and the applicant/s willingness to respond as part of Ambulance Tasmania's Early Access to Defibrillator  Program.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their submission from November 2021, with the distribution of AEDs to commence shortly after.

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions >>

What is the purpose of the Community Defibrillator Fund Project?

The Tasmanian Government has committed to provide community organisations, individuals and not-for-profit organisations with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives in rural and remote locations across Tasmania.

How many AEDs are available?

Ambulance Tasmania will administer the Project that will provide a total of 180 AEDs to the Tasmanian community during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years, with 90 AEDs provided over two rounds of applications.

How can I get one?

You can apply online via this Ambulance Tasmania website.

Are there any conditions to getting an AED?

There are selection criteria include:

  • The proposed location for the AED, which must be a rural or remote area
  • Accessibility - the AED must be able to be accessed 24 hours, seven days a week
  • The AED must be registered as part of Ambulance Tasmania’s Early Access to Defibrillation Program
  • The applicant/s must also agree to maintain the AED, which will include the cost of replacing the battery and pads when required
  • Applicant/s must be willing to respond to a cardiac event if they are available.

When will I know if I am successful in getting an AED?

Applications will close on 30 September 2021, and successful applicants will be advised from November 2021.

How much does it cost to replace the battery and defibrillator pads for an AED?

The cost for these items is variable depending on the supplier, but is estimated to be approximately $250 every four years for batteries, and approximately $85 every two years for defibrillator pads

Where do we have to put the AED on our premises?

The AEDs must be located in an area that is accessible 24 hours, seven days per week.

Applicants should consider strategies for maximising community accessibility. Such strategies may be viewed favourably during the application assessment process. These may include main road accessibility, good lighting in the area, proximity to a community hall, ambulance station, police station, etc.

How long will the AED last before it needs to be replaced?

Manufacturers identify a date on which they no longer support an AED labelled ‘End of Life’, and at this time consumables (batteries/pads) may be difficult to obtain. The ‘End of Life’ date will vary depending on the AED model, but should not occur for many years after purchase.

What about training to use it?

On-line e-training will be offered to the successful applicants through the Community Defibrillator Fund. However, you do not need training to use the machine. You just have to turn it on, and the machine will talk you through everything you need to do in simple steps – so have a go, you may just save a life.

Who might use an AED?

The AED is designed to be used by anyone. A member of the public may arrive to collect it, or you may be contacted (depending on your availability) to take the AED to a cardiac emergency.

Why do we need to register an AED?

Registration of an AED means Ambulance Tasmania will know the location of your device and can notify the ‘AED owner’ of a cardiac event in their area.

How will anyone know that my organisation has an AED?

Once your machine is registered, the machine’s location will be shown on the AED Locator smartphone app and iOS, Android and Windows Mobile platforms. Ambulance Tasmania will have the location, so anyone making a Triple Zero (000) call can be advised if there is an AED nearby, or a person responding to an emergency can locate one through their phone or other device.

We already have an AED but we’re not sure if it’s registered. How do we check?

Contact Ambulance Tasmania on to enquire about the registration status of your AED.

Our community/organisation would like to have an AED, but several members are concerned about using it in the wrong way and hurting someone. Is this possible?

All AED use should be accompanied by a telephone call to Triple Zero (000). The Triple Zero (000) operator can help you with the use of the AED. Once turned on, the AED will talk you through the procedure. You cannot do any harm to a person by applying an AED.

Is there any significant risk to me legally being sued if I use the machine and the outcome is not successful?

Not if you use the AED in good faith and without recklessness, in response to an emergency and without expecting any financial reward (Part 8A, Civil Liability Act 2002).

Related Information

AED Locator App

The AED Locator App is available on iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms, the app uses a phone’s location to find the closest AED and provide directions.

Early Access to Defibrillation Program

Visit our Early Access to Defibrillation Program webpage for information about the program, including how to register your AED.

For more information on Ambulance Tasmania’s Early Access to Defibrillation Program, please contact Ambulance Tasmania on 1300 979 057 or email