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The Emergency Management Act | Code of Conduct | Equity and Diversity | Health and Safety | Anti-discrimination | Harassment | Insurance and Workers' Compensation | PPE

SES volunteers work under legislation and policies that help to ensure our workplace is a fair and equitable one.

The Emergency Management Act 2006

The Emergency Management Act 2006 Link to External Site describes the emergency management arrangements for Tasmania. The SES is allocated the responsibility of coordinating these arrangements. The Act also defines the role of the SES within Tasmania's emergency management arrangements.

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The Code of Conduct

The State Emergency Service adheres to principles and a Code of Conduct that guide member behaviour. The SES is required to treat volunteers with respect and in turn, volunteers have a responsibility to behave in a manner which brings credit to the SES whenever they can be identified as SES volunteers.

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Equity and Diversity

The SES is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. An integral part of professional service is commitment to the principles of equal employment opportunities, access to benefits offered by the workplace, the provision of a flexible environment and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. The SES follows the DPFEM Equity and Diversity Policy. SES Staff and volunteers have an individual responsibility to uphold the principles of Equity and Diversity.

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Workplace Health and Safety

In addition to DPFEM policies, the SES has developed its own OHS&W Policy and Best Practice Procedures. These were developed with consideration to the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2012 and Regulations 2012.

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The SES strives to ensure that no person is discriminated against, excluded or alienated on the grounds of any of the following:

  • Sex (gender)
  • Race
  • Pregnancy
  • Impairment
  • Parental status
  • Political beliefs or affiliations
  • Political activity
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Lawful sexual activity
  • Industrial activity
  • Irrelevant crime or medical records

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Harrassment, prohibited conduct and victimisation is unwelcome, uninvited or unwanted conduct and behaviour that would not be considered acceptable by a reasonable person.

Whilst each member of the community may interpret what is acceptable behaviour differently, it is expected that SES members will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

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Insurance and Workers' Compensation

While engaged in authorised SES activities, you are covered by the comprehensive insurance of the State Government's Risk Management Fund.

SES volunteers are defined as 'workers' under the Emergency Mangement Act 2006. This means volunteers are regarded as employees for the purposes of workers' compensation and are covered by the Workers' Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

Accordingly, you are deemed to be 'at work' and are covered by the Tasmanian State Service Workers' Compensation Scheme.

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Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

The SES provides basic protective clothing (i.e. boots and overalls) to volunteers after the probationary period has been completed.

Additional items such as general duty shirts, trousers or thermal clothing is provided where funds allow.

Some protective clothing and equipment is issued on a Unit basis and shared by Unit members. In these cases, volunteers should consider potential Workplace Health and Safety risks, maintaining equipment in a clean condition.

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