NSW SES is a volunteer-based organisation that provides emergency assistance to the people of NSW 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is the approximately 9,000 volunteers across the state that make this possible.
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. We often support other emergency services in a variety of emergency response roles. We also provide specialist capabilities including general land rescue, vertical rescue, road-crash rescue, driver reviver and alpine search and rescue.
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.
Volunteering with NSW SES is an exciting and rewarding experience. As a NSW SES volunteer you can not only make a difference in the lives of others, but also gain valuable training and skills.
There are many roles that a NSW SES volunteer can do, from on-the-ground work to operational support roles including media liaison and community engagement. You need to be 16 years and over to join the NSW SES, though there may be a cadet program which offers NSW SES training in your area through your local school.
NSW SES volunteers commit time and energy in training to learn, maintain and update their skills. The friendships forged with fellow volunteers make this fun and easy. NSW SES is a Registered Training Organisation, so you can also receive nationally accredited competencies as a volunteer.
What's it like to be a NSW SES Volunteer?
Volunteering with the NSW SES is an exciting and rewarding way to give back to your community. But don't take our word for it! Read some NSW SES member stories for yourself. Testimonials
Become a volunteer
Applications to become a NSW SES volunteer, or to transfer your existing NSW SES volunteer membership, should be made online using the following form:
You can also contact your local NSW SES volunteer unit and arrange a time to drop in and discuss your interest in volunteering and find out what roles your local SES Unit undertake.
For further information on volunteering, you can call 1800 201 000 or download the NSW State Emergency Service brochure
Is NSW SES right for you? Find out more about the vast volunteering roles our people do in the community.