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.


Northam District State Emergency Service Training for 2020 commenced in earnest on the 3rd February.

Attended by an enthusiastic group of members, all eager to start the New Year with a vengeance and expecting to get straight into skills maintenance.  After a welcome back discussion by the LM and clearing up some minor admin and policies reviews it was handed over to the Training Manager, Sarge Bottacin.  Sarge started with a discussion on the overall plan for training in 2020 and made comment that as we are all fresh and eager we would participate in some hands-on activities.

So the question asked by all was what are we doing? BGR, Search, Storm, sand bagging or Ops etc. All went silent, jaws dropped, when Sarge brought out the spaghetti, marshmallows, bits wood, flat head nails, string and some rope, and when Sarge made a quick comment about bondage all broke into laughter.   When explained to all about team building activities all then fell into place. The only down fall was the marshmallows and spaghetti weren’t to be eaten but used in an activity.

A nice way for some light training to welcome all back to a new training year.

Photos Teams compete in the spaghetti tower challenge

Photo Curtesy Jay Woodgate NDSES Member

Photo Curtesy Jay Woodgate NDSES Member

DFES New Uniform

Well our newsletter article caused a very quick response.  There are apparently details of the new uniform on the HUB - something we were not aware of, and from our discussion with various SES Volunteers they were not aware either.  Details can be found on the HUB of the relevant circular by clicking on Circulars where it is accessible under General Circulars…or searching on Dress of the Day will also bring it up quickly.

The digital link is:


Just enter the link in your web browser

What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • Offers to Volunteers
  • South Coastal Representative
  • SES Historical Items
  • SES Volunteer Records
  • Memorabillia
  • Health Fund
  • Volunteer Payment
  • Uniform
  • How to keep informed
Read the full nesletter - PDF icon February 2020 Newsletter.pdf