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State Emergency Service

As an SES volunteer, you will work as part of a team of like-minded people. The experiences you share can form the basis of life long friendships and you will make a significant contribution to the well being of the community.

Our Role

SES volunteers respond to a wide range of incidents and emergencies. Depending on training and the roles of their Unit, volunteers may be involved in such SES functions as:

  • Storm and flood response
  • Search
  • Road crash rescue
  • General rescue
  • Operational support
  • Communications
  • Driving and navigation
  • Traffic control
  • Incident Management
  • Leadership
  • Unit administration
  • Public events
  • 4WD and ATV operations
  • Aerial observation
  • Vertical rescue

Our Organisation

The SES consists of the State Headquarters, the Emergency Management Unit and three geographical regions – the South, North and North West.

There are 35 SES Units/Teams located throughout Tasmania. These total approximately 550 volunteer members and provide the Service’s operational capacity.  Different Units perform different roles, depending on location and operational requirements.

Volunteers provide a very high level of professional service to the community and are supported by both their representative Local Council and the SES.

Our Training

The SES training system allows a volunteer to attain the skills required to competently carry out tasks associated with the roles and responsibilities of their Unit. The system involves 4 stages; Core, Basic Operations, Skills and Specialist Operations training.

As a Registered Training Organisation, the SES delivers nationally recognised training and issues nationally recognised qualifications, skill sets and statements of attainment.

Most SES training is aligned to national competency standards and the Public Safety Training Package.

SES volunteers attend weekly or fortnightly Unit training to acquire or practise skills and maintain Unit relationships.

Our Workplace

SES volunteers work under legislation and policies that help to ensure our workplace is a fair and equitable one. We operate under the Emergency Management Act 2006 and follow a Code of Conduct that guides workplace behaviour. The SES is required to treat volunteers with respect and in turn, volunteers have a responsibility to behave in a manner which brings credit to the SES whenever they can be identified as SES volunteers.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, and an integral part of professional service is commitment to the principles of equal opportunities, access to benefits offered by the workplace, the provision of a flexible environment and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. SES Staff and volunteers have an individual responsibility to uphold the principles of Equity and Diversity.

What Can We Do For You?

We take pride in providing you with nationally recognised skills that will enable you to support the SES across a range of tasks and activities.

In addition, there will be opportunities to work alongside our colleagues in Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service, Ambulance Tasmania and Local Government, as well as engaging with the community.

As an SES volunteer, you will work as part of a team of like-minded people. The experiences you share while training and responding to emergencies can form the basis of life long friendships and you will make a significant contribution to the well being of your own and other communities.

“We wish to give you our heartfelt thanks for your rescue on the day of the expected floods … when you showed up … it was a gift I never expected. You will be in my heart now.”
Bev and Stephen, Longford.
More Information

If you, or someone you know, would like more information about becoming a volunteer with the State Emergency Service:

download our brochure

(03) 6173 2700 State Headquarters (Hobart)
(03) 6173 2707 Southern Region Headquarters (Hobart)
(03) 6777 3777 Northern Region Headquarters (Launceston)
(03) 6477 7293 North West Region Headquarters (Burnie)


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or visit your local SES Regional Office.

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Fill in the expression of interest form if you would like us to contact you with further information on joining the State Emergency Service as a volunteer.

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