Australia Assists is an Australian Government funded program, managed by RedR Australia that deploys Australian specialists to work with governments, multilateral agencies and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and conflict.
The 7 year, $82.2 million program enables the rapid mobilisation and deployment of Australian civilian specialists into geographic and thematic areas of priority in line with Australia’s humanitarian responsibilities and our national interests.
Australia Assists builds on the strengths of two Australian deployment mechanisms: the Australian Civilian Corps, and the Australian Government’s partnership with RedR Australia. It involves a stand-by roster of over 700 Australian technical specialists, reflecting the skills and experience required in the multifaceted contexts of preparedness, response, and recovery.
The program deploys specialists into national government agencies, UN agencies, Non-Government Organisations, and the private and academic sectors. The program prioritises deployment requests based on humanitarian need and Australia’s priorities.
Deployments will vary in length depending on objectives. Shorter deployments (of about 3 months) are often for humanitarian emergency responses; longer deployments (12 to 18 months) are used to strengthen capacity in partner organisations.
RedR Australia manages the Australia Assists program.
Roster members must go through an application, vetting and training process with RedR Australia. For further information on joining the roster and targeted areas of expertise, visit RedR Roster.
More information is available in the Australia Assists fact sheet.