One Association - Many Values

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.


Mandurah SES Unit Does Well
On Thursday 1 December the Mandurah SES Unit conducted its annual awards night.  The work of many Volunteers was acknowledged that night and in particular the SES Cadets.  During the nights proceedings, the SESVA President, Gordon Hall, acknowledged the phenomenal amount of work the SES Volunteers and cadets have put into the Unit over the past forty years.  Gordon also acknowledged the dedication over many years and the work put in by Local Manager Chris Stickland and his team in getting the cadets to the level they are today.  Gordon presented the unit with a plaque celebrating their forty years and acknowledging the amount of assistance and work the SES Volunteers put into the local community.

On Monday 5 December, at a special breakfast function at the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club the Mandurah SES was once again held in high regard for all of it’s work in assisting their local Community.  Deputy Manager, Phil Rance, was awarded Peel district volunteer of the year.   Mary-Therese Shanks was runner up in the youth award for the Peel district.

To top off Mandurah’s festivity season the unit has been informally advised that they will be moving into their new headquarters in January. These headquarters had officlally been opened in June this year

Gordon Hall presenting the Mandurah Unit with a plaque celebrating their forty years

Phil Rance receiving his award at the MOFSC.

GPS Challenge - 4 December 2016
The Gosnells SES unit hosted a GPS Challenge to for an opportunity to learn and test their skills.  Whilst the invitation was open to all Metro SES units, only 4 units provide six teams that took the challenge and they were:

  • Kalamunda
  • Rockingham
  • Stirling
  • Gosnells

The Gosnells operations team was able to track progress of the teams using UHF radio communications and mapping tool Ozi Explorer.  Safety teams had an easy day with no incidents.  Feedback afterwards, was that it was worthwhile with more SES Volunteers accepting the need to learn this skill, in addition to their NURE qualification. Perhaps a competency to achieve is required?
Thanks to Cherese for the photos of two happy participants on locating their Waypoints and thanks to the Gosnells team who arranged the event. WELL DONE.
There was a sausage sizzle to feed the hungry teams at the conclusion, compliments of DFES.

Phillip Petersen ESM

Some Pictures on the day

I found it

Even with one arm I can still use the GPS

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