Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)

(The prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless"

by Sherry Anderson




Welcome to the website of the State Emergency Service Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA).  The SESVA was formed in the late 1980’s with the objective of providing a focus for representing the views of SES Volunteers on issues which affect them.  The SESVA has developed the ability to strongly voice the opinion of the volunteers  where, when necessary, to the benefit of all the Volunteers of the SES, where the action of a single Volunteer or small group would not be as effective.  The SESVA represents SES volunteers on a number of committees and working groups and has regular meetings with DFES.


SESVA role is to represent the views of SES Volunteers to all levels of Government, DFES and other agencies on all matters affecting  SES volunteers and the way in which we serve our communities.

SESVA Committee of Management

There is a Committee of Management to control the Association.  The Management Committee consists of the following members:

Powers of the Management Committee

The Management Committee is the deliberative body in the Association with powers to make and direct policy, make, amend, or rescind the Constitution, and generally to take such actions as it considers necessary for the furtherance of the Association and its objects.  The general management of the affairs of the Association is vested in the Management Committee. 

Executive Council

"There shall be an Executive Council (Executive), consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association, and may authorise payments on behalf of the Association only in accordance with the Business Rules of the Association."

SESVA Objectives & Current Activities

Current News

You can also view Archived News Items going back to 2010 and Archived Newsletters going back to 2017.


The SES Duxton Forum Update

An Update on the Outcomes

Over the past five years there have been many issues raised with DFES that affect the SES Volunteers and the roles they carry out.
Most of these issues were represented to DFES by the SES units through their Regional Offices or by the SESVA direct to DFES staff.
Many issues were resolved whilst others took years or got bogged down and had fallen off the radar.

During a meeting in October with the Minister for Emergency Services, the Minister advised the SESVA that he has decided that DFES will have a forum of all SES leaders in December (2018).

The date was set for 2/3 December and DFES, with assistance from the SESVA, put a forum together. More than 1 00 SES Volunteers and DFES staff attended the forum held at the Duxton Hotel in Perth.

Churchill Consulting facilitated the forum using certain themes to flush out many of the issues that SES Volunteers and their units are dealing with on a weekly basis. A report on the Duxton Forum was sent to all participants and the SESVA on 30 January.  There are many issues in the 153 page “Summary of SES Volunteers Forum Outcomes” report.

DFES have decided that there will be a number of working groups supported by
SES District Officers;
1 . Reduce administration workload
2. Process optimisation
3. Role clarity and communication effectiveness
4. Local government engagement
5. SES branding and recruitment support
6. Training and careers development
7. Training delivery
8. SES and cross-service collaboration

Read the full upate -

SESVA Newsletter February  2019

What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • Emergency Service Medal Recipient
  • Volunteer Leadership Program
  • Chief Superintendent Meeting Chair
  • DFES rejoins ACSES
  • Active Citizenship Award Recipient
  • Changes to criminal history checks
  • How to keep informed
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