Up to $150,000 is available from VESEP to fund emergency service volunteers in purchasing operational equipment and with minor facility improvements.



Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP)

The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is an ongoing program funded by the Victorian Government, which provides local emergency services volunteer groups access to grants for operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements.



The 2018–19 program offers grants up to a maximum of $150,000 excluding GST. The VESEP will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer group.


Eligible Projects

If eligible, you may only apply for one project. Your project must begin on or after the start of the funding allocation. Priority will be given to the following:

Operational Equipment such as:

  • Chainsaws
  • Quick Fill Pumps
  • Generators
  • Inflatable Rescue Boats
  • Rescue and Safety Equipment

Vehicles and Appliances such as:

  • Vehicles
  • Lighting and Storm Trailers
  • Light/Medium Tankers
  • Big Fill Trucks
  • Watercraft
  • Rescue Trucks

Minor Facility Improvements such as:

  • Refurbishments
  • Amenities – such as: kitchens/change rooms


Eligible Applicants

The VESEP is open to the following organisations:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.



Applications close 30 June 2018.


More Information


Media Release

Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in more than $13.3 million in grants for life-saving equipment, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino has announced 230 new grants as part of the 2018-19 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

The program funds operational equipment in addition to vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades.

Under the VESEP, the Labor Government matches every dollar paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution – this year increasing the maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.

Contributions this year include:

  • almost $9.8 million for volunteer Country Fire Authority brigades
  • more than $2.1 million for State Emergency Service units
  • more than $315,000 for Marine Search and Rescue, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • almost $800,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs
  • almost $340,000 for other volunteer agencies.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website at emv.vic.gov.au.