About us

ACTSES attending a storm scene

The ACT State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer emergency service organisation which gives immediate assistance to the community during emergencies and disasters. ACTSES Volunteers provide community response to flood and storm 24 Hours a day, seven days a week.

The ACTSES is part of a national network of similar services in each State and Territory around Australia. More than 250 ACTSES Volunteers are members of 7 Units across the Australian Capital Territory

The main function of the ACTSES is to undertake planning and response operations for storms and floods as governed by ACT Legislation. The ACTSES cooperates closely with other statutory emergency services such as ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and Australian Federal Police. The ACTSES also deploys volunteers to assist national relief efforts such as the Victorian Bushfires 2009, Flooding Taskforce in Hay NSW 2012, and Cyclone Yasi in Queensland 2011.

Since 1 July 2004 the ACTSES has responded to over 13,675 requests for assistance for Storm and Flood. On average over the past ten years the ACTSES responded to approximately 1,300 requests for assistance per financial year.

To become an ACTSES volunteer phone (02) 6207 8451 or visit the Joining the SES page.