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.



Monash SES has a group of volunteers comprising mainly retired people, known as Red Team. This team predominantly, although not exclusively, takes on the role as call-out crew during daylight hours on weekdays, when the majority of volunteers
are at work. Other volunteers are able to join with Red Team when they are available. Red Team members’ ages range from the 60s through to the mid 70s, which means the team members bring a lot of experience to the organisation.

The team has former engineers, teachers, financial advisors, mechanics and production workers in its ranks. This has given Red Team a broad knowledge base, which they readily apply, when facing the problems presented in requests for help from the community.  Red Team has an excellent record of response to requests for assistance. The team has an average of responding to one hundred RFAs, per member, per year, with a couple of the members reaching close to two hundred responses.

“One of the great things with this team is the camaraderie, knowing we can depend on each other and get a job done efficiently and effectively, with enthusiasm”. said Peter, a team member of five years’ experience.  “What I like about leading this team is, I don’t have to give a lot of instructions or directions, when arriving on a scene” said John, a Team Leader. “The members know what they have to do to set up the scene safely, allowing me to make an assessment of the task. It really aids the Team Leader’s role, knowing I can rely on
these people.”

“The Monash Unit is very lucky to have such a dedicated and responsive group of people.” the Unit Controller, George Haitidis, said. “It means we can provide excellent coverage and service to our community. It makes my job so much easier, knowing they are there ready to respond.”

Submitted by Peter Kelly

Printed in the Phoenix which is the Official Lournal of the Victorian SES Volunteers Association Issue 193 September 2018

SESVA Newsletter August 2018
The newsletter has important information for SES Volunteers in WA including:

  • From the President - DFES Conference, SES Awards, Chief Officer update.
  • Parliamentary Debate on DFES Training
  • Dress Uniform Survey
  • Composite Toe cap Vs Chainsaw
  • SESVA new Office bearers
  • Meals IGGS Funding
  • Training Matters

Please take the time to read the full report as there are many issues detailed which are of interest to SES Volunteers in WA.