NSW SES is a volunteer-based organisation that works with communities to prepare and respond to severe weather events.

We are the lead agency for flood, storm and tsunami in NSW. We manage responses to these emergencies and help communities prepare through planning and education.

NSW SES volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different skills, interests and backgrounds. They are united by the purpose of supporting their communities in times of need.

There are four ways to volunteer with NSW SES

Unit Volunteer: See yourself in orange as a volunteer with one of our 260 NSW SES Units.

Community Action Team Volunteer: Take action to help prepare your community for floods and storms.

Corporate Volunteer: Get your workplace or organisation involved as a volunteering partner with the NSW SES.

Spontaneous Volunteers: Support your community during times of need.

Can I become a Unit Volunteer if I am under 18 years old? Volunteers can join the NSW SES at ages 16 and 17 but must complete a Parent and Guardian Consent form at the time of joining.

Volunteers aged under 18 can still participate in most NSW SES activities but cannot attend incidents which may involve trauma, such as Road Crash Rescue.

See yourself in orange - join us today as a Unit Volunteer

Apply Now Self Help Dashboard 

Learn more about our Unit Volunteer roles and become a volunteer with NSW SES. Or to check the status of an application you have submitted already using the Self Help Dashboard.

You can also visit your local NSW SES Unit to discuss your interest in volunteering and find out what roles your local Unit undertake.

Learn more about Volunteering with the NSW SES

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the application process.

Volunteering Reimagined

The landscape of volunteering in Australia is changing. Click here to download our briefing paper to learn more about Volunteering Reimagined - our strategy to increase community involvement through volunteering.

For further information on volunteering, call 1800 201 000 or download the NSW State Emergency Service brochure

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