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

03/07/2015 - Kalbarri SES News for July 2015

News from Kalbarri SES for July 2015

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports a water spout appeared just off the coast and caused damage to a property when it crossed land, resulting in a call-out to provide temporary repairs. Regular evening training was added to with a 3 day Regional Single Rope Rescue course.  Community activities were abundant this month with weekly fundraising, a visit by 'Shine' girls to promote confidence and trust as they had thrills and fun abseiling from our tower, and a riverside 'Adopt-A-Spot' cleanup with the community. After years of lobbying state and federal government have funded mobile phone coverage in Kalbarri National Park. This will result in reduced emergency notification times.

Read the full report ===>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2015-07 (1).pdf

02/07/2015 - CSU Open Night

The SES Communications Support Unit is holding an open night on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at 6:45PM. 91 Leake Street, Belmont.

We are an active volunteer SES unit that fall under the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Much of the work we do involves fires and searches so unlike other SES units, we are generally most active over the fire season assisting the fire crews on the ground with reliable and efficient communications equipment and temporary repeater installations as well as providing subject matter experts to give communications advice during times of need.

We participate in searches as well by providing a similar service to what we do for fire. We also work at incident control points and within emergency operations centres to provide members to operate and log base radio communications to and from crews and units in the field. We are also on call for some of the larger storms where we will provide members to task SES Requests for Assistance to local units around the metropolitan area.

We deal with a wide range of radios including Vertex, Philips, Motorola, Tait, Codan, Q-Mac and more. We setup cross band repeaters as well as Spectra VHF repeaters, Clark Masts (PU12 is the most common), Yagi antennas, Folded dipoles, C-linears, Inverted V's and many other type of antenna arrangements. We have the capability to deploy our BGAN (Thrane & Thrane Explorer 700) to remote areas with no phone or internet coverage as well as 3G Phone and Fax equipment. We have a variety of other equipment that we work with such as generators, mast climbing gear, solar panels, weather stations and technicians measuring equipment so there is a very wide variety of things to learn to hopefully interest most people.

We train each Wednesday night in different disciplines of communications and we run small exercises within our unit, and with other SES and Fire crews every so often. There are also a variety of DFES Courses that are held on weekends throughout the year which you can nominate for a place on that train in aspects of Search, Leadership, Communications, Field Equipment, Working in an Emergency Operations Centre, On road and Off Road Driving, General Rescue, Vertical Rescue and more.

Please call or SMS 0429 113 834 or email administration@csu-ses.com.au to RSVP for our open night on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at 6:45PM or contact me here. Please feel free to ask me any questions about what we do and how you could get involved.

Open Night Flyer >CSU-Flyer.pdf


CSU Vehicle

CSU Members at work

29/06/2015 - DFES Conference its time to Nominate

DFES Conference 2015

Each SES Unit is invited to nominate two SES volunteers to attend the 2015 FES Conference which will be held from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September 2015 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).
Only nominated delegates may register to attend.
Registrations for the conference will close on Friday 31st July 2015
Volunteer Associations will again facilitate registrations, so,


The SESVA will send nominated delegates an invitation to register.   DFES will assist endorsed country regional volunteer delegates to attend the 2015 Conference by:

  • meeting the cost of travel, to and from the Conference
  • meeting the costs of accommodation for the duration of the Conference
  • organising travel arrangements

 (All Award finalists will be separately invited to attend the conference and have costs covered by DFES.)

Bella Scharfenstein
Administration Officer
SES Volunteers Association WA (Inc.)
Mob:    0499 619 287
Email: sesva.office@ses-wa.asn.au
Web:   www.ses-wa.asn.au
Follow us on twitter: @sesva1

19/06/2015 - SESVA AGM and Elections

Attention:  SES Units and Volunteers

See below information in relation to  :

1.    Notice of 2015 SESVA Annual General Meeting
2.    Call for Agenda Items
3.    Nominations for SESVA Committee Vacancies

It would be appreciated if you could print the document and distribute it to unit volunteers, and place a copy on your unit noticeboard.   Note:  Nominations for vacancies close on 31st July 2015.

Kind Regards,

Lin Booth
Secretary and Returning  Officer
SES Volunteers Association WA (Inc.)
Email: sesva.office@ses-wa.asn.au
Web:   www.ses-wa.asn.au
Follow us on twitter: @sesva1

SESVA AGM Agenda and call for nominations ===>150617 - FINAL 2015 SESVA AGM Call for agenda items and nominations.pdf

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