Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)

(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

"one Association many issues"


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

An executive council, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and any two committee members shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association. The executive council may authorise payments on behalf of the Association.

Objects of the Association

  • Be an independent and representative body of the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia and the Volunteer Emergency Service
  • Promote and communicate knowledge and information to and amongst the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia 
  • Provide an effective voice for the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
  • Operate a fund or trust for the benefit of volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia

Current SESVA Activities:

  • Regular contact with DFES Commissioner and Senior Executive to discuss strategic, policy and high level issues
  • Monthly meeting with DFES Chief Superintendents and stakeholder managers to discuss operational and other issues
  • Meeting on a regular basis with the Minister for Emergency Services
  • Meeting on a regular basis with the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
  • Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, vehicles, equipment, training, communications and legislation
  • Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
  • Attendance at AFAC conferences
  • Attendance at Regional Local Managers meetings
  • SESVA website, twitter  and facebook management
  • Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
  • Attending to local issues when requested by SES Units
  • SES Vehicle Licence Plate Project
  • SESVA has a seat on both the National SESVA Board and National Council – providing a National voice for SES Volunteer Associations
  • Providing input to the National representative on the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum (AEMVF) on matters that could affect SES Volunteers at a National level
  • Development of a strategic plan for the SES Volunteers Association
  • A member of the new Emergency Services Volunteers welfare and support fund implementation team
  • Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on the review of the Emergency Services Acts
  • Regular communication from SESVA Regional Representatives to SES Units and Volunteers
  • Provision of an SES Flag to all SES Units
  • Actively promoting the good work SES Units and Volunteers do to support their community
  • Promoting and facilitating sponsorship assistance to SES Units
  • SESVA/BHP Billiton Bus Project
  • Production of SES Merchandise available for SES Members to purchase
  • Planning and conduct of the SES State Rescue Competition
  • Management of the WASES Hall of Fame
  • Plan and conduct and SES Social night (Shin-dig)



You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive

03/03/2015 - News from Kalbarri SES March 2015

Kalbarri SES News

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports maintenance activities on our training tower is now complete - Around 100 volunteer hours to strip back and protect the structure with marine grade paint products. Successful grant submissions (Royalties For Regions) have now enabled us to complete design work and getting ready to start on our joint (SES/VFRS) outdoor classroom, to add another resource to our facility in Kalbarri.  Skill training has continued on our regular training nights.

View the full report ====>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2015-03.pdf

02/03/2015 - President's Report for March 2015

SESVA President’s Newsletter

In this newsletter Gordon mentions the enormous support the SES Volunteers provided the firies in protecting a number of WA communities during this summer, the progress on the National Party election policy of Fuel Cards for regional areas, legislation briefings and a number of other important areas.  Gordon also provides some ESL figures for the State, has a reminder for the SES Volunteers social night, and a few words about more input from SES Volunteers for the Office of the Auditor general.

View the full Presidents Report =====>March 2015 SESVA Presidents Newsletter.pdf

24/02/2015 - BHP Billiton / SESVA Buses delivered

The BHP Billiton/SESVA buses have been delivered

The SESVA is proud to officially announce the purchase and delivery of 8 buses to assist the SES Volunteers in their hazard management and support roles in assisting their communities and other services.  SESVA President Gordon Hall, said this is a great partnership and lifts the support and involvement of SES Volunteers in their community.  Please see link below for a PerthNow article on this project.


Gordon Hall
SESVA President

11/02/2015 - Legislation Briefing for SES Volunteers





To assist the State Emergency Service Volunteers to be well informed on the update of DFES’ actions and the progress of development of the new consolidated Emergency Services Act/Legislation, following submissions on the Concept Paper.

This is an extremely important matter and it is imperative to have representation from each SES unit, preferably the Local Manager, and at least two other senior members.

DATE: 12 March 2015 TIME: 6.00pm – Registration & Refreshments 7.00pm - Presentation

LOCATION: Metro Inn, 61 Canning Highway, South Perth

RSVP TO: sesva.office@gmail.com by 10 March 2015

FEEDBACK TO: sescomment@gmail.com


If at all possible Country Unit members are encouraged to attend. Otherwise, the SESVA will endeavour to arrange a teleconference at a date to be advised.

Please register your interest and SES Unit at sesva.office@gmail.com before 10 March 2015

SESVA President, Gordon Hall
SESVA Secretary, Lin Booth

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