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26/07/2016 - VHAS Committee Meeting Report
Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme meeting
The Emergency Services Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme (ESVHAS) held a committee meeting Sunday. The ESVHAS has been in operation for past two years. The official launch was in October 2015 by the minister for Emergency services, the Hon. Joe Francis MLA. The launch also coincided with the scheme’s web site, a single-stop shop for all information related to the hardship scheme, going live and becoming accessible for all emergency service Volunteers, via the internet on the DFES Volunteer Portal.
The scheme now has the ability to receive donations, with the ESVHAS holding deductible gift recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The committee remains committed to providing financial assistance to Volunteers who are suffering hardship. This is in recognition of the fine work the state’s emergency service volunteers perform in preserving life and property.
The committee is chaired by, Mr Tony Ahern, CEO ST John Ambulance (WA) with representatives from each of the DFES Services Volunteer Associations.
Phillip Petersen ESM
The ESVHAS Committee with the DFES Commissioner, Mr Wayne Gregson APM