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.
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 and stakeholders managers to discuss operational issues
- Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, equipment, training, communications and vehicles
- Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
- Attending AFAC conference
- Attending Local managers meetings
- SESVA website,twitter and facebook management
- Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
- Attending to local issues when requested
- SES Licence Plate Project
- SESVA is currently in discussion with SES Volunteer Associations throughout Australia to form at setting up a National SES Volunteer Association to give all SES Volunteers a national voice. Currently involved and agreed to set up is SA,VIC,ACT,NSW and WA with talks to be held with Tasmania,NT and QLD who at this point do not have a Volunteer Association.
- 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
- Production of a new SES Flag
You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive
The SESVA has sent an email today to all SES Units on the below subject.
It is very important that SES Units have an understanding of ACNC, the Commissions role and the law. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission will be running a series of “Ask ACNC sessions” in Western Australia on the following dates:
- Perth 18 August 2014
- Albany 19 August 2014
- Bunbury 20 August 2014
The sessions start at 10:00am for a duration of 1 hour, but ACNC representatives will be present from 8.00am to midday to answer any questions Units may have concerning their requirements. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to meet face to face with the ACNC and raise their concerns. If you are interested in attending you can register your interest via the following link: https://www.acnc.gov.au/ACNC/Contact_us/Speaker_events/Ask_ACNC/ACNC/Edu...
Presidents Report for August 2014
In the August Newsletter the SESVA President Gordon Hall outlines the progress of the ATUs, the ordering of the buses and the future air observer and bike uniforms. Gordon then goes on to outline the DFES ban on training Team Leaders for Vertical Rescue, the SESVA requesting a table of TRKs and their progress, the inclusion of Cert II in the new SES Training Pathways and other issues.
To see more please read the full report ===>August 2014 SESVA Presidents Newsletter.pdf
To all SES Units
The Annual General Meeting of the above Association will be conducted as follows;
DATE OF AGM: 5th October 2014
LOCATION: Meeting Room 7, DFES Conference, Perth Convention Centre.
TME: 0800hrs (8am)
The following information is provided in the AGM Pack
- Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting
- Call for Agenda Items
- Nominations for Vacancies
Your consideration and action on these matters is important and appreciated. Should you have any queries in relation to these matters, please contact SESVA Secretary, Lin Booth.
Mob: 0428 612 480
From the President Gordon Hall
This is the time of the year for all SES Units and Volunteers to reflect and decide if there are any special matters to be bought up at the AGM as well as a number of vacancies that need filling on the Committee. Please be aware that there will be an open forum, separate to the AGM, at the conference for SES Volunteers to give feedback on all matters pertaining to them. At the last Conference we conducted a Volunteer Opinion Survey and since sharing this with FES Commissioner Gregson he has requested we conduct another to compare results on the performance and service delivery by DFES. We will be conducting this at 9am on the Sunday morning at the Open Forum (Volunteers only)
Appreciation by Residents in Warwick to Wanneroo-Joondalup SES
The note below has been forwarded by the City of Joondalup from a resident of Warwick showing their appreciation of a job well done by SES Volunteers
From: Ian & Robyn XXX
Refering Page: http://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au//welcome/ContactUs.aspx
Subject: Complaints and Compliments
Message: Dear Sirs,
On Monday 7th at around 1.30pm the severe weather tore our front patio off its mountings and flung it on our roof. We rang SES for help and within 2 hours there was a team of workers at our house removing the debris from our roof and making safe what was left of the patio. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks for the rapid response and cheerfull assistance given by your crew which was headed up by Ken Dewihirst. Once again we thank you for your help in what to us was a very traumatic experience Ian & Robyn XXX Warwick 6024
SES Volunteers, as emergency responders, do a great job in their community. Acknowledgement by the residents for the work they do is always appreciated
Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)
The annual Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards, recognise the significant role played by a number of employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia. Many emergency services volunteer responders would find it difficult to uphold their commitments to their community without their support and these awards are a way to acknowledge that support.
Nominations for VERA close at 5pm Monday 25 August 2014.
For further details, or a nomination form please access this link on the DFES website: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/volunteers/Pages/employerrecognition.aspx