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.


Future SES volunteer leaders pay respects to the past at National Emergency Service Memorial - 2 May 2019

In 2019, State Emergency Service (SES) personnel took part in the commemorations at the AFAC National Emergency Services Memorial for the first time. To mark the occasion, young SES volunteers from across Australia were nominated to attend the event in Canberra on May 1.

The visit gave the SES youth contingent, aged 16-30, the opportunity to pay respects to their fire and emergency service colleagues who have died in the line of duty.
While visiting Canberra, the young volunteers are also undergoing activities designed to develop their leadership skills to secure the future capability of the SES across the nation – a service which relies on its volunteer workforce to keep communities across Australia safe.

Alongside attending the fire and emergency service sector’s most significant commemoration event, the tour includes visits to the ACT Emergency Services Agency facilities, Parliament House and the NSESVA council meeting in Canberra.
Each member of the national youth contingent was selected by their jurisdiction through a nomination process. Their attendance at the annual memorial service is sponsored by the National State Emergency Service Volunteers Association (NSESVA).
NSESVA Chairman Gordon Hall ESM said investing in the development of young SES volunteers ensured the long-term safety of Australian communities.

“The State Emergency Service has its roots in community safety and civil service. By developing the skills of our youngest and most passionate volunteers today, we are able to uphold this legacy well into the future.”
The tour will set the youth SES volunteers on a pathway towards leadership by introducing them to the wider sector in Canberra and reporting back to their units about the experience when they return.

“Nurturing the next generation of SES volunteers is vital as we face a future that is expected to bring more complex and unpredictable hazards. Strong leaders in the fire and emergency services ensure Australian communities will be safer and more resilient,” Gordon Hall said.

The NSESVA hopes to continue the National Emergency Services Memorial youth tour in coming years.
The 2019 participants are:
ACT:    Ty Walker        NT:     Luke Cavan        SA:     Ashley Hicks
TAS:    Austen Hawkins        WA:     Sarah Hamilton             
VIC:    Anani Kekunawala    QLD:     Amanda Johnson and Carley Meyer
The AFAC National Emergency Services Memorial is an annual commemoration for fire and emergency service personnel who have died in the line of duty. For more information on the event and honour roll, visit the memorial website: memorial.afac.com.au
For quotes and SES youth volunteer contact details:
Gordon Hall ESM:
Phone: 0427 002 702
Email: gordon.hall@nsesva.org.au


Group Picture of all volunteers from all States and Territories  attending the Memorial service

Sarah Hamilton from the Belmont/Victoria Park SES Unit

What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • UWA Recruitment Material
  • AFAC View of SES
  • Awards Night
  • DFES AWards Night Response
  • SES Service Awards
  • WAFES Conference Mileage Payments
  • How to Keep Informed