The ACT's emergency services commissioner Georgeina Whelan has shied away from backing compensation for ACT's volunteer firefighters.
Prime minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday that NSW volunteers will be eligible for up to $6000 in compensation. Other states and territories will be able to apply to receive the funding.
Emergency Services minister Mick Gentleman on Sunday said he would seek advice as to whether compensation was needed for ACT volunteers fighting fires in NSW.
Despite the extended period of fire danger, Ms Whelan did not join calls from interstate to compensate volunteer firefighters.
"Our volunteers are that - volunteers. What they do require is support, is respect and very good conditions. Within the ACT we are very privileged. We are one of the best equipped emergency services agencies in the country," she said.
The workloads of volunteers and staff were being closely managed to ensure they could serve when needed, Ms Whelan said, citing the generous leave made available by the Commonwealth and ACT governments and other employers.
Liberal emergency services spokeswoman Giulia Jones said ACT volunteers should be able to access the compensation.
"Our firefighters are the backbone of bush-firefighting efforts and it is only right that government fully support them," she said.
"The ACT Emergency Services minister should take a few hours off his holiday and write a letter to the federal government requesting to be part of the payment support scheme."