Boosting Australia's recovery front line
Increasing the capacity and capability of the nation’s volunteer base, to ensure additional support when disasters occur, is a priority for the Australian Government.
The Australian Government has committed $38.3 million over four years from 2022-23 for the veteran-led Disaster Relief Australia to ensure additional support for states and territories when disasters occur.
The increasing prevalence and intensity of disasters across Australia requires more readily deployable personnel to help communities in their relief and recovery efforts.
This funding for Disaster Relief Australia aims to add more than 5000 additional volunteers to its existing disaster volunteer workforce by covering the uplift costs associated with recruitment, deployment, equipment and training.
This will be a critical resource for the Australian Government to further support states and territories, and in turn Australian communities, during the relief and recovery period.
Disaster Relief Australia
Australian Government funding of $38.3 million to increase the operational capacity of Disaster Relief Australia, will increase the capability of the nation’s volunteer base and ensure additional support when disasters occur.
The funding will support an increased volunteer workforce to assist communities when disasters occur during their initial recovery stages.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why has this fund been allocated to Disaster Relief Australia?
- The increasing prevalence and intensity of disasters across Australia requires more readily deployable personnel to help communities recover.
- Disaster Relief Australia deploys to communities in need at the request of local or state government agencies, integrating with local government disaster recovery centres.
- It also has arrangements and relationships with other non-government aid organisations, with the ability to operate independently or as part of an integrated taskforce.
- This will be a critical resource during the recovery period following a disaster.
- What will the funding provide?
- This funding aims to support more than 5000 additional volunteers to Disaster Relief Australia’s existing volunteer workforce.
- It will cover the uplift costs associated with recruitment, deployment, equipment and training.
- What is the timeframe?
The Australian Government is providing this additional funding over four years from 2022-23.
- How can I help?
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of Disaster Relief Australia, and how you can support them, see their website: https://disasterreliefaus.org/