Joining the SES

The ACTSES comprises 250 dedicated volunteers operating from seven SES Units. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all professions.
Membership of the ACTSES is open to men and women with a reasonable degree of physical fitness and a passion to do the right thing within their community. SES accepts members from the age of 16 (with parental consent) and from 18 for general membership.

While most ACTSES volunteers undertake Operational roles, ACTSES offers a range of positions to suit a range of interests and skills:

  • Active Members –functions performed by these operational volunteers include storm and water damage mitigation and response, radio communications, operations centre support, search, navigation, scene lighting, first aid and support for community events.
  • Unit Support Members – provide a broad range of support roles including Unit catering, first aid support, general welfare to volunteers, community activity support and administrative tasks as deemed necessary by the Unit Commander
  • Community Education Members – provide strategic direction for ACTSES Community Education and deliver these programs to schools, scouts, CALD community groups, Multicultural groups and other various community groups.

It is acknowledged and understood that volunteers’ main priorities are family and work. ACTSES volunteers are expected to attend training every Thursday evening as well as the occasional full day activity or courses on a weekend where applicable to their position.
In addition to these scheduled training commitments, volunteers are required to maintain currency of skills by attending community events and operations related to their position within the Service.

Active Members respond to callouts within their communities, across the ACT, and sometimes inter-state as needed.


The Commitment and Rewards

Volunteering with the SES

  • Requires a strong commitment from the volunteer;
  • Involves voluntary, unpaid work;
  • Includes Irregular operational response at any time of the day or night; and
  • Means you may get dirty, tired, wet, hot or cold.

What’s in it for you

  • A great sense of achievement;
  • Many unique and interesting experiences and opportunities;
  • Nationally accredited training;
  • The opportunity to make new friends; and
  • The opportunity to make a difference in your community.

The rewards are many – learning new skills, keeping fit, gaining valuable qualifications, earning respect within the community, having fun, being active as part of a dedicated team.


Health and Fitness

In order to maintain a sufficient level of well-being to perform work effectively, ACTSES requires its members to maintain minimum standards of health and fitness.  As part of the application process prospective members must provide a report from their medical practitioner vouching for their general good health and detailing any physical disabilities that may impact the performance of their duties.

How to join the SES