WAFES19 Sneak Preview


Conference registration

Volunteer delegate places for the 2019 conference are facilitated through your volunteer association.

If you have been approved to attend this conference by your BGU, please officially register your attendance through this website. You will need an email address to complete this online process.  

Registering early helps to ensure your accommodation needs can be met. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee you will be in the same hotel as your fellow volunteer service delegates if you register late.   

Registrations open are open until Monday 22 July for regional delegates and Monday 26 August for Perth metro delegates.

If you need assistance with your online registration please contact your association directly.

If you haven’t been to the conference before and didn’t receive an invitation from your association, you can apply to attend directly through DFES. These strictly limited places aren’t guaranteed but we will endeavour to help with your request. To register your interest, please email your details including name, BGU and role to conference@dfes.wa.gov.au


before you register

What you need to know before you register 

Registering for sessions: Bookings for facility tours, the Welcome Sundowner and the Fire and Emergency Services Awards gala dinner can be made when completing your registration for the conference. See the Program and Awards pages for more information.

Travel and Accommodation: Regional volunteers can make travel and accommodation bookings when registering for the conference through this website. Please familiarise yourself with the WAFES Travel and Accommodation Policy on the Travel and Accommodation page before registering.

Dietary requirements: During the conference you will be provided with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. When you register you will be prompted to provide details of any specific dietary requirements. 

Disability access requirements: If you require assistance or have special needs we are happy to assist you. Please provide details when you register.

Changing your registration
If you need to make changes to your registration including your travel and/or accommodation booking, please contact Event Travel Management on (08) 9389 6232 or email wafestravel@eventsctm.com. Change fees for travel and accommodation may apply.


Dress code

In keeping with the theme of the conference Facing the future together we’d prefer the conference to be uniform free.

DFES facility tours

Friday 6 September 
Smart casual with enclosed shoes. 

Delegate welcome sundowner

Friday 6 September
Smart casual. 


Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 September 
Smart casual.

Awards Gala Dinner

Saturday 7 September
Semi-formal with miniature medals.


thank you

Thank you to the 2019 WAFES Conference Committee for creating a great program of speakers, demonstrations, exhibitions and networking opportunities for the 2019 WAFES Conference. Committee members include:

Gordon Hall ESM – President, State Emergency Service Volunteer Association
Lin Booth – Secretary, State Emergency Service Volunteer Association
Jeff Howe ESM – Commander, Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia
Roger Martin ESM – Vice Commander, Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia
Kaitlyn Bond – Administrative Officer, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association of WA
Jodie Neuzerling – Executive Officer, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association of WA
Merv Austic – Executive Officer, Emergency Services Volunteer Association
Darren Brown – A/Executive Officer, Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA
Jennifer Pidgeon – Manager Strategic Volunteer & Youth Programs Manager, DFES
Gary Gifford ESM – A/Deputy Commissioner Operations, DFES
Jill Downard (Chair) – A/Director Media and Corporate Communications, DFES