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The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)

(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

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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

08/02/2016 - SESVA Presidents Newsletter

Presidents Newsletter February 2016

The President’s newsletter will bring  SES Volunteers up to date on a number of subjects including the issues that Volunteers are reporting about their training and some of the solutions DFES have advised.    The President also mentions the great work the SES Volunteers have put in in supporting the bushfire operations across the state and the difference the provision of buses has made to transporting fire fighters and IMT members.

Further to this there is an update on the Vehicle Weights with the latest advice that some units will be able to have their Personnel Carriers upgraded.  The Fuel Cards for SES Units is also covered and it is hoped that these will be released late February/early March 2016.

The current situation with the SES Peer Support group is also mentioned and the newsletter finishes off with a few words about SES Units and their internal management

To read the full newsletter ====>160205 February 2016 SESVA Presidents Newsletter Final V1.pdf

04/02/2016 - Kalbarri SES News for February 2016

News from Kalbarri SES for February 2016

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports that each January Kalbarri SES has no regular/formal training after the Christmas break.  However, even though we had no call-outs we were still busy for the month.  With two flood boat 'informal' continuation training exercises and a cliff rescue 'refresher' and a community display on the river foreshore, we were not bored.  And we were able to show off some new equipment and do some recruiting

View the full report ===>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2016-02.pdf

01/02/2016 - SES Volunteers in action after Cyclone Stan

SES Volunteers conduct Welfare Checks with Pastoral Stations
Following the landfall crossing of Tropical Cyclone Stan yesterday, Hedland State Emergency Service Volunteers and DFES Staff headed out to conduct welfare visits on Pastoral Stations that were in the path of Tropical Cyclone Stan.  The Volunteers visited Pardoo Station and Roadhouse, Yarrie, Marble Bar and Nullagine. The response they received on their visits was positive, as Vicki Rossi from Pardoo Station said “Its reassuring knowing that whilst we are remote of any immediate assistance, there is someone out there, such as the SES  who we can contact before, during and after such an event and knowing that these great people “have our backs”. As most of these stations can and do become isolated by flooding following such events, it is an important role of the SES to ensure that lifelines are established and maintained with people on remote stations during and after to ensure the welfare of the people on these stations.  As it turned out during their trip through the region the helicopter they were travelling in required diverting to Nullagine prematurely to assist in the rescue of occupants in a vehicle that had become trapped by rising flood waters.

28/01/2016 - WA Volunteers Awards for 2016

Now is the time to nominate an amazing volunteer for the:


The prestigious Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards is celebrating its seventh year. Created to recognise the outstanding contributions of Western Australian volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and corporate volunteering programs, the awards publicly acknowledge these remarkable people and organisations.

Over 600,000 volunteers contribute 315,000 hours that equates to a figure greater than $39 billion to the Western Australian economy each year.  They are the backbone of communities in cities and towns around our state. 4 out of 5 WA residents volunteer sharing happiness and enriching our quality of life and social cohesion. The Awards are a chance to honour an individual, group or corporation for their above and beyond service to our community through volunteering. 

The eight Award categories are;

  • The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Youth Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering,
  • The Western Australian Excellence in Volunteer Management,
  • The Western Australian Corporate Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Volunteer Award for Ethnic Communities, and
  • The West Australian Newspaper People’s Choice Award.

Volunteering WA invite nominations of a special individual or organisation you feel is worthy of recognition through a 2016 Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Award.


NOMINATIONS CLOSE: 5.00pm, Friday 11 March 2016

The eight Award recipients will be announced at a Gala Awards Presentation Dinner during National Volunteer Week, 9 – 15  May 2016.  This magnificent event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel on Wednesday 11 May.  The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Bankwest Foundation and valued individual Award Partners RAC, Bankwest Foundation, Silver Chain, Karri Forest Motel, Pemberton, Adcorp, The West Australian Newspaper and Eduka.   The Gala Awards Presentation Dinner is proudly supported by Event Partners Ferngrove Wines and the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel.

Nominations Enquiries:
JANE MASON, Awards Coordinator, T: 9482 4325 E:

Media Enquiries:
GINA CHURCH, T: 08 9367 1317 M: 0409 299 220  E:

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