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.


2018 SES Awards Night

SES volunteers play an integral part in the safety of our communities and these awards help recognise outstanding individuals, and teams who have shown dedication above the call of duty.
DFES advise that the registrations for the SES Awards night are now open

Registrations to the ceremony are essential – please register to reserve your tickets.

Registrations Close on 3 August.
This year the Awards Night is combined with all other services.

Winners will be announced at a joint evening ceremony to be held in September at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).

Date:   Friday 7 September 2018
Time:   7.00pm – 11.30pm
Venue: BelleVue Ballroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Dress:  Smart casual
Cost:    SES Volunteers and partners – $50.00 per person
Registrations close: 3 August

For a full list of finalists visit DFES website.

Matagarup Bridge Testing by SES Volunteers

The SES Volunteers Association was asked to be involved in the testing of the new Matagarup Footbridge Bridge connecting East Perth to the Stadium area in Burswood.
As a result of the large movement in the Millennium Bridge in London, the Italian builders of the Matagarup Footbridge Bridge requested fifty SES Volunteers to run and jump in a special sequence that would be synchronised.
The day started off with the SES Volunteers being addressed by Charlie WilsonClark, a Manager from the SRPB Alliance, on what the day would entail, the Engineers about the Bridge and Ilario Spagnolo, the Main Roads Project Director, thanking the SES Volunteers for their involvement.
The SES Volunteers did a walk over the bridge first to familiarise themselves before getting into the business part of the day.
Sensors were placed in predetermined locations on the bridge to enable a team of engineers to monitor bridge behaviour as the SES Volunteers jumped, walked and ran in a predetermined and synchronised manner.

The movement of the bridge could be easily felt at times and as the engineers adjusted the movement damping devices, the decrease in bridge movement became obvious.
The wave motion of the bridge could be felt quite strongly as the fifty Volunteers jumped from side to side. This equated to a weight in excess of 3000 kgs landing left then right at 2 second, 1 second, twice a second, and four times a second interval.

The Volunteers covered more than 7.5 kms in their running, jumping and walking of the bridge.

The SRPB Alliance provided a what appeared to be an “all you can eat” lunch at the Camfield Restaurant.

It was a day enjoyed by all and very different to the routine searches and rescues performed by SES Volunteers.

There are many videos on the SESVA Facebook page which show the Channel Nine news report, Main Roads drone video and many pictures taken by the Volunteers on the day.

Gordon Hall ESM
SESVA President

Pictures taken on the Day