One Association - Many Values

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.


New Gosnells SES Unit Building in Use
The new Gosnells SES Unit building was used for the first time for a DFES/SES training course. Volunteers from Armadale, Canning/South Perth, Kalamunda and Gosnells SES Units participated in “Driving on Road under Emergency Conditions”. Volunteers were from the South Metro Vertical Response Team as part of that emergency response role.  The Gosnells SES unit has been moving equipment from its 1982 HQs and is now operational from the new building in Horley Road, Kenwick. This is off the Kenwick bypass.

Phillip Petersen ESM


Ian from Kalmunda undertaking a VPOWER check

Dave from Armadale enjoys a snack for morning tea

Group photo of students with instructors Paul, Mark and Phil


Each year emergency services Volunteer units and groups are invited to participate in the Bunnings Australia Day Great Aussie BBQ event, with all sales and donation proceeds going to participating Volunteer groups.  In anticipation of this year’s Bunnings Great Aussie BBQ, the SES Volunteers Association conducted a special workshop to assist SES units to prepare for the event.   The workshop was held on 15th January at the SESVA’s Guildford location.   Several SES Units took advantage of this opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the event.  Units who attended included, Mandurah, Rockingham-Kwinana, Gosnells, CSU, Melville, Canning South Perth, Wanneroo/Joondalup  and Stirling. 

Bayswater SES Unit demonstrated the ideal setup for the BBQ sausage sizzle, including how Volunteers manning the BBQs at Bunnings, should and shouldn’t dress for the occasion.

All participating units were provided with a special pack of goodies, including posters, balloons, stickers and a I (heart ) SES stamp.  The SESVA has provided participating SES Units a Certificate of Appreciation for Unit Managers to present to their local participating Bunnings store.   The pack also provided a USB drive with additional information about the BBQ, including a promotional video that will be run on regional TV stations.

SESVA President, Gordon Hall and Vice President, Alan Hawke facilitated a Powerpoint presentation and Q & A session.  

 SES Volunteers who attended agreed the workshop provided an excellent opportunity to gain additional pointers on how to get the most out of the Great Aussie BBQ event.  Participants also enjoyed networking with other SES Unit Volunteers.

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