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 and Archived Newsletters going back to 2017.


Manage Our Volunteers, Assets and Training (MOVAT) is software developed and maintained by Stuart Romero (a current WA SES member). Starting at Belmont SES in 2009, continued development has seen MOVAT recently expand to be in use at thirteen State Emergency Service units and two Bush Fire Brigades.
MOVAT is a centralised location of information to assist BGUs in reducing administration, simplifying reporting (NOAR, IRS, OEP) and improving transparency. Features include:

  • repository of member particulars;
  • capture of membership attendance through electronic sign in;
  • production of reports based on membership attendance, including NOAR (Non-Operational Activity Report), IRS reports (Incident Reporting System) and OEP requirements (Operational Efficiency Payments);
  • synchronisation of contacts to a Google account enabling mobile phone address books to be easily maintained;
  • tracking of PPE / PPC issued to members;
  • tracking of assets, including acquisition, inspection and disposal;
  • maintaining records of ongoing training;
  • import of eAcademy records for assistance in training needs analysis, simplified reporting and integration of the data;
  • tracking of ongoing tasks via an action board;
  • sharing files amongst users; and,
  • sending and receiving SMS;

MOVAT is inexpensive at $150 per calendar year and SMS are 10c each. Electronic sign in is via a touch screen laptop, tablet or similar device (at BGU expense).
If you would like to know more, please contact Stuart by sending an email to stuart.romero@movat.com.au, visit www.movat.com.au and access a trial site, or join the Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/MOVAT.

AFAC Conference 2018
Perth and AFAC18 saw a record number of delegates – 1,493; record number of exhibitors – 592 and 729 visitors to the exhibition. There were over 40 international exhibitors from 14 countries. 
We got a look into the future of emergency management at the trade exhibition with the world’s smallest fire tanker ‘Squirt’, firefighting robots and the latest virtual experience technology that showed you what our emergency services staff see every day in the cockpit of our Rescue Chopper. 
Astronaut Colonel Mike Mullane had strong lessons learned around normalizing risk that we can all take away.  If you wish to see presentations of speakers you’ve missed, please visit the AFAC website - https://www.afacconference.com.au/.  Presentations will be available for download sometime next week.

Conference Survey
DFES would love to get some feedback about your experiences so we can continue making our events better every year.  We will be sending you a short post-awards survey sometime next week, which will be managed by Metrix Consulting to ensure anonymity of delegates. By completing the survey you automatically enter the draw to win a $350 VISA voucher - Thankyou from DFES Conference Team

SES Awards 2018
An inspiring young SES volunteer who made history as the first woman to design and implement a new SES badge for Scouts has taken out the Youth Achievement Award.
The 2018 SES award winners were announced at the inaugural Fire and Emergency Services Awards Ceremony held in Perth on Friday night.  Volunteers from across the State were acknowledged for their work on the frontline during emergencies and maintaining the high level of training and capability of the SES.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM presented the awards to the recipients and commended them on their dedication.
“It has been a busy 12 months for our heroes in orange attending over 630 incidents and committing almost 22,000 hours to cyclones, land searches, rescues, fires and storm damage recovery,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“SES volunteers are often first on scene during emergencies, and these awards are an important part of thanking individuals and units for their hard work and dedication to protecting the community.
“All of our SES volunteers are highly respected and admired and I congratulate all of them for their services in keeping the people of WA safe.”
Wanneroo Joondalup SES Training Manager Stephen Faulkner was awarded the Peter Keillor Award for his exceptional commitment to SES Cadets, encouraging the next generation of volunteers and ensuring they’re well prepared for any emergency.
The Team Achievement Award was presented to volunteers from Bayswater, Swan, Kalamunda, Gosnells and Stirling who banded together to compete in the National Disaster Rescue Challenge which put their technical and team work skills to the test.
The 2018 SES Award winners were presented across three categories:
Peter Keillor Award
Stephen Faulkner – Wanneroo Joondalup SES
Since the inception of the Emergency Service Cadet Corp Unit in 1996, Steve has been the SES Liaison Officer. He has been involved in almost every camp and has used his skills, knowledge and access to equipment to further enhance the cadets’ experience and expand their skill set. In 2017 he became a fulltime cadet instructor taking on the role of the Chief Instructor, and is an outstanding representative for the SES cadet unit, and for the core values an instructor should possess.
Team Achievement Award
National Disaster Rescue Challenge 2017 – WA SES Team
The SES Volunteers Association coordinated a team from Western Australia to participate in the SES National Disaster Rescue Challenge held in Hobart. The team was made up of 10 SES Volunteers from five Perth metropolitan SES units including Bayswater, Swan, Kalamunda, Gosnells and Stirling. The team was exposed to eight rescue scenarios which tested leadership, teamwork, tenacity and the core skills of SES first responders.
Youth Achievement Award
Sarah Hamilton – Belmont/Victoria Park SES
Sarah is already a dedicated volunteer with both Hampton Park Scout Group (Scout Leader) and Belmont SES (Team Leader). Sarah's own initiative, motivated by her desire to encourage others to positively experience the two volunteer organisations she loves, led her to create an SES badge for Scouts. Sarah's coordination and engagement of stakeholders within Scouts WA, SES, DFES and SES Volunteers Association over two years, totalling hundreds of volunteer hours, were key to the development of this badge - this is a significant individual effort which was undertaken in addition to her current volunteer commitments and duties.