SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated

One Association - Many Values

05/06/2023 – Vacancy Local Manager Esperance SES

Volunteer Opportunity


Title: Local Manager – Esperance State Emergency Service (SES)
Location: 21 Brazier St, Esperance, WA

Expressions of interest are invited from persons wishing to be considered for this well-supported and rewarding opportunity.

05/06/2023 – SESVA Elections 2023

2023 SESVA Election of President, Vice President and Committee Member

All Units will be eligible to vote for the President and Vice President South, but only Units within the relevant region will be eligible to vote for the Management Committee positions.

The election results will be announced at the SESVA Annual General Meeting, Sunday 10 September at Crown Burswood following the WAFES Conference.

An election will be held for each position where more than one nomination is received for that position.


The success of the elections is dependent on the completed nomination form (refer attached) being received by the closing date, Thursday 13th July 2023. 

All SES Units are invited to nominate a member of their Unit for election as President and Vice President South.

Units in regions where terms of appointment are expiring and where vacancies exist on the SESVA Management Committee are also invited to nominate a member of their Unit. Refer to the table included in the attachment for the relevant positions.


If you have any questions about the Association and what being a member of the Management Committee entails, please do not hesitate to contact SESVA President, Mr Greg Cook:

Mobile: 0418 403 960



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05/06/2023 – DFES Conference 2023 Registrations

DFES Conference 2023


The SESVA is pleased to let you know that endorsements and registrations are now open for the 2023 WAFES Conference.

Emails have been sent to all Units/Group leaders inviting them to endorse two volunteers to attend the conference.  WAFES Awards finalists, judges and nominators will receive an email to register in the next few days.   

Further information on registration, key dates and a new FAQ section can be found on the WAFES Conference website.

Accepting a place at the conference

Volunteers who register for the conference agree to attend all sessions in the Saturday conference program and have access to optional events including a Friday tour or workshop, welcome sundowner and WAFES Awards gala dinner.

If you register for the conference and any optional events but do not attend all Saturday conference sessions or any other event you have registered for, without prior notice, you may be deemed ineligible to attend future events.

Make sure you read the 2023 WAFES Conference terms and conditions and are aware of your obligations and cancellation and non-attendance conditions.

Unit endorsement

Unit endorsements are now open and an email has been sent to all leaders, captains, managers and commanders inviting them to endorse two volunteers from their Unit to attend the WAFES Conference.

Units can endorse volunteers to attend by following the two-step process.

Step 1

  • Unit leaders click on the link in the email and endorse two volunteers from their Unit. They have until Tuesday 11 July to complete their endorsements.

Step 2

  • Unit -endorsed volunteers receive an email with a link to complete their online conference registration by Friday 14 July.

After Friday 14 July no further Unit endorsements or Unit-endorsed volunteer registrations will be accepted.

Any remaining conference or WAFES Awards gala dinner places, including cancellations, will be filled by the Expression of Interest process open to all active State Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services and Marine Rescue volunteers.

Units will have the opportunity to review their volunteers who have nominated for the Expression of Interest. A list will be sent to Unit leaders on Wednesday 19 July 2023 for review by Tuesday 25 July.

Expression of Interest

Volunteers can self-nominate and express their interest in securing one of the remaining places following the Unit endorsement phase or if a volunteer cancels and can no longer attend the conference.

The Expression of Interest list is now open and volunteers have until Friday 14 July to nominate themselves for either the:

  • WAFES Conference, including optional events such as Friday tours or workshops, the welcome sundowner and the WAFES Awards gala dinner; or
  • WAFES Awards gala dinner only.

Volunteers on the Expression of Interest list have four opportunities to secure a place for the conference and/or awards.

  1. Round one (Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 1 August)
  2. Round two (Monday 7 August to Tuesday 22 August)*
  3. Round three (Thursday 31 August at 5pm)*
  4. Round four (Thursday 7 September at 9am)*

If successful for rounds one or two volunteers will be notified by email and sent a link to register online. Registrations must be completed by the date outlined in the email.

Volunteers remaining on the Expression of Interest list after Wednesday 30 August will be emailed with last chance places at the conference and/or awards for rounds three or four.

To secure a place in rounds three or four volunteers must complete their conference and/or awards register as soon as possible after they receive the email. Places in these rounds will be allocated on a on a first come, first served basis.

*Please note flight and accommodation options may not be available for regional volunteers during these rounds.


31/05/2023 – SES Awards 2023 Finalists Announced

SES Awards 2023 Finalists

Peter Keillor Award and SES Volunteer of the Year

Donald Smailes, Kalamunda SES
Leonie Briggs, Canine Unit SES
Sabrina Horan, SWORD SES

SES Team Achievement Award

Bayswater SES Training Team
Southwest / Lower Southwest Vertical Rescue Team
SWORD SES Logistics

SES Youth Achievement Award

Anjuli Till, Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES
Charles Hasson, Merredin SES
Oscar McDonald, Kalamunda SES

Greg Cook SESVA President said, “On behalf of the SESVA and I am sure all SES Units and Volunteers I congratulate all finalists in the 2023 SES Awards”. He also said,” We look forward to meeting you in September to celebrate your achievements”.




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12/05/2023 – WOW Day 2023 Update


The SESVA is pleased to announce the following promotions for WOW Day 2023. Consistent with annual tradition, these buildings across the State will be lit in orange. We are continuing in conjunction with DFES our efforts in regional areas, to have buildings illuminated across a wide range of communities in Western Australia. We are also very excited about some of the interviews that have been arranged with both metropolitan and regional media outlets.

Across the Perth CBD, the following landmarks have confirmed they will display orange lighting on WOW Day:

  • Perth Concert Hall
  • Parliament House
  • State Administrative Tribunal Building
  • Fremantle Prison
  • City of Belmont Civic Centre
  • City of South Perth Administration Building

In regional WA, the following landmarks will be lit up:

  • Several locations in Bunbury including Marlston Hill Lookout, Koombana Footbridge, Koombana Bay Foreshore, Marlston Waterfront, Guppy Park, The Navigators, Richmond Reserve and Arrol Crane
  • City of Busselton Administration Building
  • Brockman Street in Manjimup
  • Shire of Broome Administration Building
  • Mandurah Bridge
  • City of Albany Administration Building
  • Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Administration Building

The Minister for Emergency Services will issue a media statement on Tuesday May 16 encouraging the community to don orange clothing the following day. 

We have been liaising directly with SES volunteers to find inspiring stories and share them with the community via the media. Cassidy Kempster from Northshore SES will be live on Channel 9 news at 5.20pm on WOW Day to talk about her volunteering – she’ll also do a radio interview with 6PR Radio at 12.30pm.

Across the regions, interviews with local volunteers to champion the work of the SES will be aired on:

  • HIT WA (featuring a representative from Kununurra SES)
  • Triple M Broome (featuring a representative from Derby SES
  • Triple M Hedland (featuring a representative from Hedland SES)
  • ABC MidWest (featuring a representative from Carnarvon SES)
  • Triple M Geraldton (featuring a representative from Geraldton SES)
  • Triple M South West (featuring a representative from Bunbury SES)
  • ABC Goldfields (featuring a representative from Kalgoorlie SES)