SES Cadets

SES - CadetsSouth Australia's State Emergency Service (SES) is immensely proud of all its cadets and the way each of them gives generously give their time and effort, not to mention the hours spent in learning the skills for the services which the SES provide to better protect the communities of South Australia.

SES cadets are young men and women aged between 13 and 18. The SES offers young people the opportunity to develop skills, character and leadership qualities and meet other young people with common interests.


SES cadets learn and practice theory and skills relevant to the operation of SES by participating in training in SES skills including nationally accredited training.


The cadet program does not have a joining fee or any associated membership costs, however a small contribution may be charged for special cadet activities or camps that are outside of normal training.

Cadets from Enfield unit on camp in 2014       SES - Cadets - at Pt Lincoln SES unit taking a trip on rescue vessel 2014

Cadets are provided with their uniforms which includes overalls, goggles, gloves and helmets. Cadets are asked to wear sturdy boots and these are often not provided by the Units.

Those SES cadets who complete the Induction and Basic Skills Program can use it towards their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). 


The SES helps promote individual social development and an attitude of responsibility within the community. It also helps develop 'team spirit' in the achievement of collective effort while maintaining individuality and encouraging full and productive use of leisure time.

Special community and youth events are offered to cadets through their membership with the SES for them to gain a wider perspective of the community and all that it encompasses, such as the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil.


Each individual Unit will decide when and how often cadets will meet. This will vary across the State. SES is a child safe environment and complies with the Children's Protection Act 1993.


For more information, please call the SES recruitment information hotline on 1300 364 587 or fill out the online registration of interest form.


Want a further insight into the SES? The ABC's Behind the News program used South Australian SES cadets for this story


Please note: Not all units offer a cadet program and the minimum age may vary depending on the resources of the unit.