Wear Orange Wednesday, 19th May 2021
Australia celebrates Wear Orange Wednesday, a national day of thanks for the thousands of SES volunteers nationally who serve the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week through storm, flood, road crash rescue, and much more.
It’s the national day of recognition to say “thank you” to our SES Volunteers.
So here in South Australia to recognise our own volunteers, why not get involved by wearing orange for this day and hold not a morning tea to celebrate.
Volunteer Inclusion Guideline
An interesting read for volunteers, with the purpose of the paper being "where volunteers are engaged in decision making and their diverse opinions valued and leveraged to
Boylan Lawyers supporting SES volunteers
The SASESVA has partnered with Boylan Lawyers who will provide ongoing service offers to SA SES volunteers.
Boylan Lawyers have offices in CBD Adelaide, Port Pirie, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbor, Port Augusta, Elizabeth, Whyalla and Coober Pedy.
Services would be provided by permanent staff.
Boylan Lawyers specialises in workers compensation, hearing loss, unfair dismissal, family law, wills and estates, personal injury, criminal law and conveyancing.
After the Fires
You are encouraged to participate in the After the Fires survey:
The survey should only take 20–25 minutes to complete, and it is important that you complete it in a single session.
Your responses are valuable and will provide clear evidence about the impact of the 2019-20 bushfires on the wellbeing and resilience of all emergency service personnel.
Your involvement in the survey is completely voluntary. You may withdraw from the survey at any time. Your responses will be anonymous and will not be used individually.
SASESVA AGM 2020
The AGM will be held on Sunday 25 October 2020. Papers and nomination forms are in the Member's only section.
The Association has introduced a new section of our website - "Benefits" where we will list offers available to volunteers, both ongoing or one offs. Offers include National Parks Passes (a code) issued annually, DEFCOM and others as received or sourced by volunteers, such as the AAMI roadside assistance.
Participants sought for research on first responder parents with post-traumatic stress
The SASESVA has an association with the Road Home and would encourage volunteers and family members to participate in this research, details which are outlined on the attached flyer.
COVID-19 - Updates for all volunteers
16 March 2020
Regular updates from the SES regarding COVID-19 are available In the members section.
Analysis of South Australia's Fire and Emergency Services
4 February - As volunteers are aware earlier this week the SA Government announced a review across the emergency services and also released an analysis which is attached for your consideration and many aspects are familiar, plus some articles. We have now learnt that there is no deadline on this paper, which has been endorsed by the Minister and whilst feedback was welcome, with no timeline and no commitment has devalued the process and failure to actually consult with volunteers, as was their commitment.
The terms of reference for the Keelty Review are also attached and only written responses will be accepted. As this will result in changes to the Fire and Emergency Services Act we invite feedback from volunteers for collation and presentation on your behalf if you do not want you name mentioned.. Terms of Reference are attached.
Many aspects of the analysis will remind volunteers of sector reform and the proposed Commission.
Once the Keelty Review is completed (end of June deadline) we are sure that changes will then be made to the Fire and Emergency Services Act, in the spring session, especially as those changes recommended from the Holloway Review were deferred in the last session of Parliament, and now that Parliament has been prorogued, all is out the door, even though we have been advised that these changes may still be introduced into the current session of Parliament. Regardless with this further review, and please study the terms carefully, further changes to the Act will certainly occur.
- Independent Review into the 2019-2020 Bushfire Season
- Analysis of South Australia's Fire and Emergency Services
- Article - SA's emergency agencies to be overhauled into a 'united front' as review finds lack of trust between bosses left SA worse off
- Article - Fire review will stop real work from being done
- Terms of Reference Keelty Review
Volunteer Compensation for SES Volunteers
7 January 2020 - The National SES Volunteers Association has been working with the Directors of each of the State and Territory Volunteer Associations for the past 7 days on compensation or reimbursement for out of pocket expenses for SES Volunteers
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have now completed their assessment of the situation and the link below shows what they are doing https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/volunteering-jobs/volunteer/support-for-qfes-volunteers
To read the national position please download this attachment.
Warren Hicks ESM
An interesting update for volunteers. Read more...
Return to Work
The Association has now received a letter from the Treasurer advising how volunteers will be protected and copy of the Schedule being used is also attached. It has been a long haul and we will continue to work to ensure volunteers are fully supported and protected.
SASES Volunteer Charter
SASES Volunteer Charter passed Parliament on Wednesday 31st July 2019 and the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 ( was updated on 8th August 2019).
Having the Charter enshrined into legislation has been an extremely long journey, and both the SASESVA and CFSVA actively lobbied for the recognition of SES and CFS volunteers under a Volunteer Charter which provides a commitment by Government to consult with SES volunteers on any matters that may impact them.
Support over this 5 year journey was forthcoming from: The Hon Tammy Franks MLC; Mr Robert Brokenshire (former MLC); Dr Duncan McFetridge (former Member of Parliament).
Emergency Services Workers Protected
The State Government passed the Criminal Law Consolidation (Assaults on Prescribed Emergency Workers ) Amendment Act 2019 through Parliament on 23 July 2019 which will see the strongest penalties in the State’s history for emergency service worker (volunteer) assaults.
DEWNR again provides access to National Parks for SES Volunteers 2019/20
As volunteers who have enjoyed access to National Parks know, the format changed in 2019/20 with all bookings now being made online and nominating a specific vehicle for the 12 month period no longer applies.
All you have to do is use the code provided to you by the Association and when booking you must also use your volunteer email address. This is for both visiting parks and booking campsite facilities. Instructions pages are attached to the email, when we issue you with your code.
A reminder, when requesting a code, please send the request via your volunteer email address and also include your contact number.
Instruction pages are also located in the Members Only section.