Each year, the spotlight shines on the spirit of volunteering during State Emergency Service (SES) Week. Queenslanders are given the opportunity to learn more about the SES and recognise the efforts of SES Members in their local community during this momentous week. It is a week of community education, engagement and celebration.
SES Week 2020 will run from Saturday 17 October to Sunday 24 October 2020.
It is an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness of the dedication and commitment of SES members and the invaluable services they perform within their communities.
The celebrations include award ceremonies held state-wide throughout SES Week, culminating in the Queensland State Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday 23 October 2020.
The award ceremonies provide a rare opportunity to say thank you to particular SES members that have clocked up several years of service, or to those that have undertaken their role in an exceptional way.
SES Groups will hold events throughout SES Week to celebrate all that is great about SES volunteers. For information about SES events that are happening in your corner of Queensland, please phone an
Area Office near you.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week (NVW) takes place in May and is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers.
During NVW people around Australia will come together to recognise and thank the six million Australian volunteers who contribute so much to their communities. Thousands of events will be held around the country. For more information visit the NVW
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is proud of its volunteer workforce who play a crucial role in helping QFES to deliver services and build safer, more resilient communities.
QFES volunteers, made up of approximately 33,000 Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers, 5,300 SES volunteers, a volunteer Research and Scientific Branch network and Technical Rescue Unit volunteers, help Queenslanders prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of disasters and emergencies. The contributions they make towards the safety and wellbeing of the state are immeasurable.
Wear Orange Wednesday
Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), the national day to celebrate and thank SES volunteers, takes place annually on the Wednesday of NVW. You can get involved in the following ways:
- Add a splash of orange to your outfit for the day and take part in any WOW celebrations in your area.
- Take a photo of your pet donned in something orange and post it on social media along with the #thankyouSES and #WOWDAY tags, or email them to
- Take a printed copy of your pet and hang it up in your work area and encourage others to do the same.
- Have a morning tea (orange food for the adventurous) and display your pet pics in a central location.
For more information on WOW including tips and ideas on how to get involved and to download resources, visit the