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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

Australia's humanitarian logistics capability and relief supplies

Australia's humanitarian crisis response

Australia responds to disasters in the Indo-Pacific by delivering timely and effective humanitarian emergency relief supplies.

In the immediate aftermath of a crisis, and at the request of the partner government, Australia sends humanitarian emergency relief supplies that seek to provide safe and reliable shelter, access to clean drinking water, and essential supplies that seeks to increase the safety of women and children and maintain human dignity.

A key principle of Australia's humanitarian response is urgency. Australia's humanitarian emergency relief supplies are configured to enable the Australian Government to deliver the widest possible range of rapid response options to countries affected by crisis.

Humanitarian warehousing and relief supplies

Australia's humanitarian supplies are held in humanitarian warehouses in Brisbane and Papua New Guinea and can support at least 11,500 families – or 57,500 people.

The Humanitarian Logistics Capability warehouse in Brisbane maintains the largest stockpile of prepositioned humanitarian emergency relief supplies within the Southern Hemisphere, with the capacity to respond to three simultaneous crises.

In addition to this, Australia also maintains an arrangement with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD). Australia can leverage the UNHRD network and deliver humanitarian supplies from six key UNHRD locations (Panama, Las Palmas, Brindisi, Accra, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur).

Working in partnership

A fundamental piece to the Australian Government's ability to respond to disasters in the Indo-Pacific is through DFAT's collaboration with partner humanitarian organisations, such as the Australian Red Cross, the United Nations agencies, and the Australian Humanitarian Partnership.

These partners also maintain a stockpile of supplies in the Humanitarian Logistics Capability warehouse in Brisbane, enabling a closely coordinated rapid response with the Australian Government.

Listening to the Indo-Pacific

Australia is a humanitarian partner to the Indo-Pacific and importantly, humanitarian responses also need to be guided by Indo-Pacific priorities.

Upon the request of a country affected by crisis, Australia's Humanitarian Logistics Capability can provide fast-track tailored procurement to ensure humanitarian relief is relevant to their needs and is timely.

Australia delivers humanitarian emergency relief supplies to communities in need. Below are some examples of Australia's recent emergency responses.


A man wearing a high-visibility shirt is inspecting a box that has an ‘Australian Aid’ sticker inside a warehouse.
Siliako 'Lux' Anae is a Warehouse Store Person at DFAT’s Humanitarian Logistics Capability warehouse. This warehouse has 10,000m2 of storage space and can support up to three simultaneous crisis responses with essential supplies for up to 55,000 people . (Credit: Reginald Ramos/ DFAT)


Men wearing high-visibility clothing are unloading humanitarian supplies. They are red boxes, known as ‘Kitchen Kits’, and have ‘Australian Aid’ stickers on them.
Shaun Thomas, Humanitarian Logistician, supporting his Laotian counterparts to pre-position humanitarian supplies in Laos. To rapidly respond to sudden onset crises and disasters, Australia pre-positions humanitarian supplies in the Indo-Pacific. The Kitchen Kits (red boxes) that are being unloaded contain essentials such as buckets, cooking pots, and utensils, which supports households to cook basic meals and store drinking water. (Credit: Skye Out/ DFAT)


Men wearing masks are inspecting a delivery of vaccines stored in a white coloured temperature-controlled box with the stickers ‘Australian Aid’
300,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Hanoi, Vietnam. The Australian Government, through the Humanitarian Logistics Capability, sent 23.7 million vaccines to the Indo-Pacific region. (Credit: Cath Gottieb/ DFAT)


A woman on the left and a man on the right, both wearing high-visibility vests, hold a face protection visor, which is attached on helmets for safety.
Andrea Juvera Brooks and Jean Luc Meunier from Australia’s Humanitarian Logistics Capability put together a Chainsaw Kit. Chainsaw Kits support communities to clean up debris after a sudden onset crisis, such as a tropical cyclone. Each Chainsaw Kit is assembled manually to ensure the kit can be put into use immediately and used safely. The removal of plastic and packaging waste prevents roughly 1.8kg of waste per kit from reaching communities. (Credit: Reginald Ramos/ DFAT)
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