Traditionally seen as a role for men, this is changing as more women take up volunteering responsibilities with the Victoria State Emergency Service (VicSES). Women are now approximately 30% of the VicSES team and growing.

It has taken a decade to see this significant increase in women volunteering from approximately 700 women in 2009 to 1,687 today.

VicSES is attracting more women because of the strategic changes they’ve made recognising the specific skill sets women bring to the service.  During this past decade about a quarter of their leadership roles have been take up by women.  Women’s reasons for volunteering with VicSES are consistent with what we find in other sectors: seeking a challenge; learning new skills; giving back to the community and as a path to employment.  

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