The Medium Employer: South Australia State Emergency Service's Story

The South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) is a community-based volunteer organisation established to provide emergency response services across the state. Its mission is to minimise loss of life, injuries, and damage from emergencies and natural disasters. The agency invests significant time developing training materials to ensure members receive appropriate training for their job and to maintain their safety.

SASES aligns its training materials to units of competence and tailors them for volunteers, full time staff and to suit the agency’s operational and support needs. External subject experts such as SA Police and local government are consulted when appropriate. The agency’s training program integrates on- and off- the job elements to ensure the organisation’s business needs are met in a timely and efficient manner.  

The SASES also assists volunteers and staff members undertake training to acquire a range of specialist non-operational skills such as management, training and assessment and project management. While enhancing SASES’ capacity, this also supports individuals’ career progression.