“Getting a fair go.” In 2015 the National SES Volunteers Association made a submission on behalf of the 43,000 State and Territory SES Volunteers. The submission advocated to allow State and Territory SES Volunteers to claim a $1,500 tax deduction for expenses directly related to volunteering. Click to view the Better Tax Review Submission.
“Demonstrating the economic contribution of volunteers.” In 2015 the University of Sydney updated a study into the economic contribution that SES volunteers make to their communities. The study validated results that had previously been undertaken by Professor John Handmer. Click to view the final report.
“A Voice for Volunteer Issues.” To advocate on behalf of our members, in 2016 we joined the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council. Membership provides the National SES Volunteers Association with a voice on issues that impact how we work together when responding to emergencies throughout the Nation.
“Giving recognition where its deserved.”
“Our issues on the agenda.” We wrote to every candidate in every electorate about: - Provision of tax deductibility of expenses up to $1,500 -Establishment of a National SES Medal - Recognition in legislation of the contribution that Volunteers make to Australian society - Support for State Emergency Service - Volunteers that are injured or lose their lives during the course of serving the community - Access to standardised Emergency Management training - National harm
“Promoting equity.” We actively support women in leadership positions in the State and Territory Emergency Services. Leading by example 50% of our board comprised female members.