Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme - Approved projects 2015-17

Total funding $1,017,387

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Australia Ltd

Engaging Emergency Management Volunteers in faith-based NGOs for disaster welfare - Who and How?

This project will employ an expert researcher in the area of emergency management volunteering to develop practical tools and checklists for faith based emergency management agencies across NSW and Australia as a template for addressing attraction, recruitment and retention of volunteers.

Statewide - $149,800

Australian Red Cross

"Volunteering - How can we do it differently?"

The project will recruit and train community based agencies to increase the Red Cross surge capacity and build community resilience in regional western NSW. Using the findings from the "Out of uniform: Building Community Resilience through Non-Traditional Volunteering" project (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC), the project will seek to diversify Red Cross' volunteer base and integrate the non-traditional volunteer into our preparedness, response and recovery programs.

Statewide - $65,335

Australian Red Cross

Volunteer Conference "Get in the Know; Get Connected: Get Organised: Get Packing"

The conference will bring together team leaders, trainers and facilitators from across the state, to develop strategies to improve volunteer experience, retention and further develop leadership skills. The conference will enable senior leadership to build on existing strategies to develop a statewide approach to facilitating volunteer engagement and strategy.

Statewide - $44,080

Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad

Mental Health First Aid Courses

This project will run a series of Mental Health First Aid courses for volunteers of the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad to better equip the squad to better recognise and respond to mental health emergencies.

Mount Druitt - $4,450

Nambucca District Rescue Association Inc

Your Valley, Your Team

Development of a website and other multimedia strategies aimed at the recruitment of new volunteers to the organisation.

Oxley - $25,000

NSW Rural Fire Service

Multiple Projects, Range of Equipment and Applications for Training, Recruitment & Retention of Volunteers
(See table of projects below.)

28 projects across NSW targeting the recruitment, retention and training of NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers.

Statewide - $111,341

NSW State Emergency Service

NSW SES Whole of Agency Submission
(See table of projects below.)

11 projects across NSW targeting the recruitment, retention and training of NSW State Emergency Service volunteers.

Statewide - $114,339

NSW Volunteer Rescue Association

Swift Water Training

This project will run a series of swift water rescue training courses for Volunteer Rescue Association volunteers across the state.

Statewide - $26,905

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Ballina

Volunteer Member Training Room Set Up

Purchase of audio visual training equipment for the Ballina Marine Rescue unit.

Ballina - $9,918

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Brunswick

Volunteer Recruitment Drive 2016-2017 Brunswick unit and local units

The Brunswick Marine Rescue unit will employ an award winning film maker to produce a series of short clips and documentaries of the unit's base and vessel at work, featuring local identities and locations to be screened on local tv and during recruitment presentations.

Ballina - $4,525

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Hawkesbury

Rescue Training

Purchase of training manikins to improve training in the areas of search and rescue and retrieval of persons from the water.

Gosford - $2,530

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Head Office

Emergency Response Volunteer Training Enhancement

Purchase of training equipment for Volunteer Marine Rescue units across the state.

Cronulla - $172,500

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Head Office

Emergency Volunteer Member Leadership Conference

A leadership conference for Marine Rescue NSW Unit Commanders and Deputy Unit Commanders which will include networking opportunities, facilitated workshops on leadership, effective communication and team management and keynote speakers from other emergency services.

Cronulla - $44,080

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Head Office

Fire Prevention Management and Resilience Training

Purchase of six smoke generating training devices for realistic and effective fire fighting training on all rescue vessels and Marine Rescue bases.

Statewide - $24,391

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Head Office

Emergency Volunteer Recruitment and Training Program

Purchase of six interactive mobile trailers to be used at public events across the state to recruit Marine Rescue volunteers.

Cronulla - $115,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Head Office

Volunteer Risk Management Training and Development

Purchase of training IT to enable volunteers to develop skills and capabilities in risk management, problem solving and decision making.

Cronulla - $54,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Lake Macquarie

Delivering Training for Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue Volunteers

The project will enable the unit to send five volunteer officers to undertake the Certificate IV Training and Assessing course, which will allow them to deliver nationally recognised accredited training programs to both individuals and facilitate group-based training.

Lake Macquarie, Swansea - $7,500

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Port Stephens Unit

First Aid Training

Purchase of first aid training equipment for the Marine Rescue - Port Stephens Unit.

Port Stephens - $6,000

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Port Stephens Unit

Membership to 200+

This project will run a series of recruitment advertisements in the local newspaper.

Port Stephens - $6,800

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Trial Bay

Equipping New Training Facility

Purchase of audio visual training equipment and other training equipment to fit out the unit's new training facility.

Oxley - $25,293

Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW - Trial Bay

Trial Bay Marine Rescue Recruitment Movie

This project will screen a Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW promotional movie funded through a previous EVSS grant, in local cinemas prior to feature presentations, reaching over 17,000 movie goers and potential volunteers over a year.

Oxley - $3,600

SES Unit Recommended Projects

Total $114,339

Unit Name
State Electorate
Project Description
Recommended Funding 
Auburn
Auburn  Recruitment $15,000
Murray Region
Albury 
Training 
$16,990
Sydney Western Region 
Seven Hills/Blacktown
 Equipment 
$3,944
Tocumwal 
Murray 
Equipment 
$4,488
Central West Region
Bathurst 
Equipment 
$5,155
Temora 
Cootamundra 
Equipment 
$1,529
Sydney Southern Region
Bankstown 
Recruitment 
$11,972
Sutton 
Monaro 
Equipment 
$3,579
Broken Hill
Barwon 
Equipment 
$2,336
Bathurst 
Bathurst 
Training 
$11,280
Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains 
Equipment 
$2,000
City of Sydney 
Sydney 
Equipment 
$11,116
Auburn 
Auburn 
Recruitment 
$15,000
Murray Region
Albury
Training 
$9,950


RFS Unit Recommended Projects

Total $111,341

​Unit Name

State Electorate
Project Type
Recommended Funding 
South West Slopes Zone District Support Brigade 
Cootamundra 
Equipment 
$3,110
Mid Lachlan Valley 
Orange 
Equipment and Training 
$13,000
Waterfall 
Heathcote 
Equipment 
$1,000
Communications Brigade 
Hornsby 
Equipment 
$7,000
Mangoola 
Hunter Valley 
Equipment 
$2,200
Jellat Brigade 
Bega 
Equipment 
$3,200
Wentworth Falls 
Blue Mountains 
Equipment 
$6,000

​Cobar 

​Barwon 

​Equipment 

​$2,914

​Deervale 

​Oxley 

​Equipment 

​$3,380

Stonefield 
Northern Tablelands 
Equipment 
$2,150
Namoi-Gwydir 
Northern Tablelands 
Equipment 
$2,000
Bland Temora 
Cootamundra 
Equipment, Training, Recruitment and Retention 
$19,865
Stockinbingal 
Cootamundra 
Equipment 
$1,200
Sextonville 
Lismore 
Equipment 
$3,000
Farmborough Heights 
Wollongong 
Equipment 
$3,000
Jamberoo 
Kiama 
Equipment 
$1,500
Raglan 
Bathurst 
Equipment 
$3,000
Mount Ramornie 
Clarence 
Equipment 
$3,000
Trenayr 
Clarence 
Equipment 
$3,000
Woronora 
Heathcote 
Equipment, Training, Recruitment and Retention 
$2,540
Clarence Valley Aviation 
Clarence 
Equipment 
$3,000
Albion Park 
Kiama 
Equipment 
$2,632
Galston 
Hornsby 
Equipment 
$3,200
Cameron Park 
Cessnock 
Training, Recruitment and Retention 
$4,000
Springside 
Orange 
Equipment 
$2,650
Darlington 
Hunter Valley 
Equipment 
$1,200
Malua Bay 
Bega 
Equipment 
$2,500
Eden 
Bega 
Equipment 
$4,100
Bulahdelah 
Myall Lakes 
Equipment 
$2,000