Join the SES

Membership of the State Emergency Service (SES) is open to men and women with a reasonable degree of physical fitness and a passion to get involved within their community. You can join the SES from the age of 13 into Cadets and from 18 for general membership. Volunteers who do not wish to participate in rescue activities, or are concerned regarding their physical fitness but still want to get involved, are encouraged to join up as Operational Support members. These members help out with communications, administration and logistics functions within their Units and perform a critical and valued role within the SES team.

At the SES we have 67 Units across the State from Ceduna to Mt Gambier. We have many committed volunteers but we're always looking for more to join the team.

SES Volunteers attend regular training evenings and exercises run by their Unit. On average, Units conduct a full day exercise (on a weekend day) once every two to three months. Members are encouraged to attend training nights regularly to maintain their skills and also to attend callouts whenever possible. Volunteers respond to callouts within their communities and across the State as needed.

Most of our members are employed full time, so the SES relies on supportive and committed employers who allow members to leave at short notice to support their communities. We encourage all our current and prospective members to talk to their employers and let them know about the important work SES volunteers do to support their communities.

Before you can join the SES, you will need to pass a National Criminal History Check. You can find out  more about this process when you go to join up at your local unit.


JoinWe're the people you sometimes see on TV, helping out in cases of emergency. Especially when it comes to storm and flood response, no other emergency service has better equipment, training and expertise.

At the SES, it's a real team effort and we need lots of team players with different skills. When you join the SES you will learn a wide variety of skills which will equip you to get involved in:

  • Flood (including Tsunami) response
  • Storm response
  • Search and rescue
  • Heatwave
  • Road Crash Rescue

But don't worry; you don't have to hang off cliffs - we also need people who can help out with operating the radio, driving, observation, navigation, dog handlers, horse riding for searches and lots more.

The SES also has a dedicated Community Engagement team, made up of volunteers with a passion for spreading the word on safety and helping their local communities become more prepared in the face of natural disasters and hazards. This brochure contains information about volunteering for the State Emergency Service (SES) in a non-rescue role. (view PDF)

You never know what challenges you'll be facing next week, but one thing's for sure - with SES training and equipment, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way!

Join Us 3Why join?

The rewards are many - learning new skills, keeping fit, gaining valuable qualifications, earning respect within the community, having fun, being active as part of a team. We really do make a difference.

The skills you learn will not only make you a valuable team member within the SES, but can help you in your personal and professional life as well. Teamwork, leadership and perseverance are all attributes SES volunteers take with them to roles outside of the Service.

All of your equipment and training is provided by the SES so all we need from you is your energy and enthusiasm.

In our many roles, we work with the Police, Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service, SA Ambulance and National Parks personnel. Wherever we're needed, we're there.

Join Us 4So, if you want to be part of a team that really makes a difference, give us a call on 1300 364 587 or complete the referral form online and click on the 'submit' button I want to be an SES member in South Australia and you will then be referred to your nearest Unit.

To find your nearest SES unit click here.

If you would like more information about what the SES does click here.