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Australia Assists

Australia Assists

Australia Assists is an Australian Government funded program that deploys technical specialists to work with governments, multilateral agencies and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and the effects of conflict.

The 7-year, $94.7 million program enables the mobilisation and deployment of specialists into geographic and thematic areas of priority in line with Australia's humanitarian responsibilities and our national interests.

In 2023, 116 specialists deployed to 29 program partners in 37 countries across the Pacific, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The program maintained, and in some areas accelerated progress against gender equality, disability inclusion and localisation targets. For example, during 2023, the program achieved gender parity within the deployed cohort with 49 per cent of deployments and 53 per cent of deployment months completed by deployees identifying as female.

Australia Assists draws from a stand-by roster of technical specialists, reflecting the skills and experience required in the multifaceted contexts of humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery.

Deployments

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.

Further information

RedR Australia currently implements the Australia Assists program on behalf of the Australian Government.

Roster members must go through an application, vetting and training process. For further information on joining the roster and targeted areas of expertise, visit RedR Roster.

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