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Australia Assists

Australia Assists

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

The 7-year, $104 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.

Australia Assists has been an important mechanism for Australia's scaling up of humanitarian assistance to the Indo-Pacific region in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022, one hundred and two (102) specialists deployed to 27 program partners in 31 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 2022, the program saw an acceleration of the localisation agenda, with more deployees than ever having a cultural or linguistic affinity with their country of deployment.

Australia Assists involves a stand-by roster of over 900 technical specialists, reflecting the skills and experience required in the multifaceted contexts of humanitarian 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.

Further information

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

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.

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