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

29/01/2015 - Australia Day Honours 2015

Australia Day 2015 Honours

The SESVA congratulates the DFES Staff or Volunteers successful in The Australia Day Honours 2015. Australia honours its citizens who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to our society. They are:


Mr Joseph John McLAUGHLIN Denham WA 6537
Mr McLaughlin has been a member of nearly all Western Australian volunteer services for the past 48 years, including the Shark Bay State Emergency Service (SES), the Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) and the North Dinninup Bush Fire Brigade.

Mr Alexander James WILLIAMS Hazelvale WA 6333
Mr Williams is a leader who is tireless in his efforts to make the volunteer work environment safer and more effective. This is exemplified in his leadership roles within the individual units he commands, both with Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and with volunteer Bush Fire Brigades.


Mr Roger Inskip ARMSTRONG Eaton WA 6232
Mr Armstrong's early career in fire management involved fire suppression activities as a front line fire fighter, and a practitioner of prescribed burning in the south-west of WA.

Mr Robert Joseph PAPALIA 6 Costello Road, Broadwater WA 6280Mr Papalia has given long and distinguished service as a volunteer firefighter for 35 years within both the Brunswick and Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS).

Full biographies for these people are available on the Governor Generals web site: http://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2015-honours-list

Phillip Petersen ESM

27/01/2015 - Extra News on the Bunnings Fundraiser

Bunnings Aussie Day Weekend Fundraiser

The SESVA has been receiving very good feedback on the Bunnings Aussie Weekend Fundraiser by those SES Units involved. There were many Emergency Service Brigades, Groups and Units involved.  When Bunnings first spoke with the Association it was their idea that this fundraiser was a way for the Bunnings team members and all Australians to show their appreciation for the wonderful work done by local volunteer emergency services, including the SES.

Those stores that I visited had queues and the sausage sizzle staff were flat out. On a number of occasions I witnessed donations being made which added to the fundraising efforts of the SES Units.  This fundraiser has been a great success for the SES Volunteers.  At some time in the future the SESVA will receive the funds from Bunnings, including the amounts allocated for the particular SES Units involved.

As I mentioned on the 6PR radio interview on Saturday, every cent allocated to the SES Units by Bunnings, will be forwarded to those nominated and involved SES Units.  Please forward any feedback about the fundraiser to the Association (sesva.office@gmail.com) as we will be officially thanking Bunnings and their teams once this project is completed and all funds distributed.

Gordon Hall
President SESVA

Some More Pictures

Rockingham/Kwinana SES Display at Bunnings

Rockingham/Kwinana SES new Bus on display (just had to put this one in)

Rockingham/Kwinana SES Vounteers at Bunnings

Armadale SES Display at Bunnings

Bunnings Staff member helping out

24/01/2015 - Bunnings Aussie Day Weekend Fund Raiser

Today Saturday the 24th of January 2015 every Bunnings Store is having an Aussie Day Weekend Fundraiser BBQ’s  manned by the Bunnings team to show support and appreciation for the amazing work done by volunteer emergency services and in our case the SES.  SES Units are supporting the fund raiser by having displays of equipment and vehicles.  Also SES Volunteers and helping by cooking and serving.

At Bunning Balcatta Store  SES Volunteers from the Stirling Unit are doing their bit to support this initiative.  The SESVA is also playings it part bu advertising the event and will distributing the funds to the SES Units involved in this activity. 

Stirling SES Volunteers at Bunnings Balcatta

Stirling SES Volunteers at Bunnings Balcatta

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