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2023-24 VESEP Applications Now Open and VFBV Help Pack

Applications should be submitted to your District ACFO by Friday 16th June 2023.

Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the closing date fast approaching. VFBV has updated its VESEP Help Pack to assist brigades and groups with their VESEP applications.

VESEP provides grants of $2 for every $1 of Brigade or Group funding to assist brigades and groups in acquiring a wide range of additional equipment in recognition of the significant contribution emergency service volunteers provide in supporting Victorian communities.

Now in its 23rd year, VESEP first started out as the Community Safety Emergency Support Program in 2000 and was designed in close consultation with VFBV and volunteers, with the intent being a grants program designed by volunteers with minimal administration required from volunteers.

Since 2000, the program has funded over 2,150 projects totalling more than $160 million dollars, as a investment in maintaining and building volunteer capability by supporting volunteers through grants in five categories:

- Volunteer amenities under $5,000
- Minor works under $150,000^
- Operational Equipment
- Specialist Appliances and Field Command Vehicles
- Tankers*

^all minor works applications must be registered with the VESEP Land & Buildings Project Manager via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday 1st June 2023. Applications not pre-registered for review will not be considered by the Steering Committee. 

*as with previous years, CFA have advised that additions to the fleet will be afforded a low priority with only exceptional circumstances being considered by the Chief Officer. An Addition to the Fire Fighting Fleet form will be required to be completed and approved by the District ACFO and Regional DCO.


VFBV Help Pack

VFBV's VESEP Application Help Pack is again available in 2023 to assist Brigades and Groups in completing their application, with the pack divided into easily downloadable sections at the bottom of this page.

VFBV's VESEP Help Pack

Contains general information about VESEP and some handy hints on how to complete your application.

Attachment 1

Application forms for Special Access Grant

The Special Access Grant can reduce or in some cases eliminate all together the Brigade/Group contribution. 

Attachment 2

CFA VESEP Guidelines 

The guidelines outline criteria, aims and requirements that Brigades/Groups need to consider for their application to be completed. The Guidelines have been updated in 2023. 

Attachment 3

CFA Application Forms

Provides Brigades and Groups with application forms for Part A: Vehicles and Operational Equipment, Part B: Volunteer Amenities and Minor Works and Addition to the Fire Fighting Appliance Fleet Operational Justification.


CFA Information Sheets

Collates all information sheets produced by CFA to assist with Brigade and Group applications and ideas.


Key Dates

1 June 2023: Brigades/Groups applying for a grant for Minor Works, applications must be pre-registered with the VESEP Minor Works Project Manager, Land and Buildings Services via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

16 June 2023: Applications close, and should be submitted by this date to your District AFCO using the CFA application forms.

16 June - 29 June 2023: DPC meetings held to review and endorse applications.

October/November 2023: Anticipated Ministers announcement of successful projects.  


Additional Support

If you need any assistance with you Application please contact your local VFBV State Councillor, VFBV Support Officer of the VFBV Office. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

If you would like a printed copy of the VFBV 2023 VESEP Application Help Pack please call the VFBV office on 03 9886 1141 and we will post one out.

Information is also available from CFA Members Online https://www.members.cfa.vic.gov.au/programs/vesep 


VFBV wishes all CFA Brigades and Groups well with your applications and thank you for your untiring service to Victoria!

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