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.


Phillip Petersen 1953 - 2019

It is with a heavy heart, that I advise SES Volunteers that Phillip Petersen ESM, highly respected and long-term SES Volunteer, passed away after a short illness, on June 23rd, 2019, at the age of 65 years. 

Phillip, a retired and long-term employee of Telstra, was truly altruistic in his actions in all of his Volunteer pursuits. These included scouting (Duke of Edinburgh Award), community radio, car rallying, World Rally Championships (several roles including tour guide), SES Volunteer (awarded the national Emergency Services Medal) and the Team Manager for the WA SES Team at the 2017 National Disaster Rescue Competition held in Hobart.

As an SES Volunteer, Phillip was a past Local manager of the Gosnells SES Unit, a Life Member of the Mandurah SES Unit, as well as a prominent past member of the Karratha and Gosnells SES units.

Phillip was an active member of the SES Volunteers Association from the mid-1990s, where he became a Vice President, before serving six years as the President (during his Presidency the SESVA won the prestigious Golden Swan Award).

Phillip was well known on the national level during his presidency, as he actively advocated far and wide for all SES Volunteers.

Phillip was also an active SES Volunteer Advisory Committee (SESVAC) member (a Ministerial appointment) from the early 2000s to the present time. Since 2013, Phillip served as the Deputy Chair of the SESVAC.

Phillip has always been held in high regard and well respected by SES Volunteers and those he served in the emergency services sector.

He coached and mentored many SES Volunteers and he will be sadly missed by us all, both as an SES Volunteer, coach, mentor and a good friend.

Phillip is survived by his wife Sue, sons Grant and Michael, daughter Erica and 2 grandchildren.

A notice announcing the time, date and place of a celebration of Phillip’s life will be posted when details are known.

 Gordon Hall ESM

President SESVA