How to join the ACTSES

ACTSES is now accepting expressions of interest for the 2019 Information Sessions and Recruitment. Information Sessions will be held in February 2019.

How to join the ACTSES

ACTSES accepts expressions of interest from prospective members and runs one Recruit College each year, usually from May and depending on workforce requirements. This is a very competitive process; not every ACTSES Unit or Group requires new recruits at every intake and not all applicants are deemed suitable.

There are three key phases in ACTSES recruitment:

  1. Attraction
  • ACTSES Units and Groups promote volunteering opportunities in the ACT Community.
  • Prospective members gain information about the role of the ACTSES through the website, conversations with members and visiting units/groups.
  • Expressions of interest are received online from prospective members.

  1. Recruitment
  • The recruitment phase officially opens.
  • All prospective members are invited to a Unit/Group visit and interview. From this, prospective members are selected to participate in the ACTSES Information Day.
  • Selected prospective members complete and return the ACTSES Medical Self Declaration and participate in the ACTSES Information Day, which includes the ACTSES Fitness Test.
  • Selected prospective members are invited to join the Recruit College. To formally join the Recruit College a prospective member must have applied for an ACT Working with Vulnerable People Card

  1. Recruit College

There are two parts to the intensive Recruit College:

  • Induction Program (two weeks), which is mandatory for all new members, includes:

    • About the ACTSES
    • Asbestos Awareness
    • First Aid assessment (the online course is completed prior to the Induction Program commencing)
    • Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED)
    • Teamwork
    • Working safely

  • Storm and Water Damage training is mandatory for people joining as Field Operators. This takes around three months and comprises five national units of competency:
PUAOHS002B Maintain safety at an incident scene
PUAEQU001B Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene
PUASES008A Undertake storm and water damage operations
PUASES013A Undertake storm and water damage operations performed at heights
  • Click on the title of each unit of competency above for more information.
  • Recognition is available for people who already hold statements of attainment for the above units of competency.
Helpful hints:
  • A valid email address is required in order to receive up to date recruitment information.
  • The ACT Working with Vulnerable People card application can take up to 21 days to process. Therefore, prospective members are advised to apply for this card as early as possible.

Expressions of interest for the ACTSES are currently closed. Please contact ses@act.gov.au for all enquiries.