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Who we are

RedR Australia is a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief. We provide skilled people and training to help communities rebuild and recover in times of crisis. When disaster strikes, we mobilise the right people with the right skills to make a difference. Our internationally recognised training courses prepare aspiring aid workers for life in the field and help experienced humanitarians further hone their skills. We also build resilience in disaster prone countries through our disaster preparedness training activities and strategic collaboration with National Disaster Management Offices throughout the Asia Pacific.

Our Vision

A world in which sufficient competent and committed personnel are available and responding to humanitarian needs.

Our Mission

To build resilience and relieve suffering in times of international humanitarian crisis.

How we work

RedR Australia is a Standby Partner to eight United Nations and other frontline relief agencies. During a humanitarian crisis, a global network of Standby Partner organisations provides additional support to UN response efforts. We are the only Standby Partner to the UN in the Asia Pacific.

When thousands of people flee into neighbouring countries to escape civil war, we’re there to plan refugee camps, provide clean water and shelter, ensure children can access education and advise on public health. When entire communities are left homeless by earthquakes or typhoons, we’re there to ensure the vulnerable are protected. Our people repair and rebuild infrastructure, coordinate response efforts and public communications, map and track relief activities, assist in the prevention of gender-based violence and manage the movement of essential supplies.

RedR Australia is at the forefront of disaster risk reduction. We capacity build National Disaster Management Offices in the Asia Pacific and have pre-positioned expert staff throughout the Pacific prior the cyclone season.

And we don’t just send anyone. We send the best. Our people are carefully selected and trained before deployment.

Our history

RedR Australia was established in 1992 by engineer Jeff Dobel, who called on his peers to apply their skills to disaster relief. Over the past two decades, we have expanded the breadth of expertise we are able to offer in humanitarian emergencies, deploying more than 900 people to over 85 countries.

In the 2015/2016 financial year, we deployed 106 specialists to assist communities in desperate need following natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies.

We continue to build capacity within the international aid sector through our humanitarian training activities. Employees of international non-governmental organisations (NGO) now make up half of the 600 people who attend our core courses annually, and we collaborate with a range of organisations to deliver customised training. 

RedR International

RedR Australia is part of the international RedR network of accredited organisations, each sharing a common vision and mission. RedR is represented in the UK, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia and a new chapter is emerging in Indonesia.  We adhere to the following principles adopted by RedR International:


RedR exists in order to provide suitably trained and experienced personnel to relief agencies in order to help them relieve people from the debilitating conditions that occur when disasters disrupt the normal pattern of life.


Each RedR organisation seeks to maintain a Register of experienced personnel from which operational agencies (governmental, non-governmental and international) can obtain the skills they require to improve their response in disaster relief. RedR does not act in an operational capacity.


RedR makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious belief, gender, class or political opinions. It endeavours to provide suitable personnel being guided solely by the needs of each situation.


In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, RedR does not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


RedR is independent. The national organisations, whilst they may act in the humanitarian service of their governments and whilst they be associated with other organisations, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of RedR.

Voluntary Service

RedR acts voluntarily and is not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only one RedR organisation in any one country. However, one RedR organisation may cover several countries.


RedR Australia is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct which defines minimum standards of governance, management and accountability for non-government aid agencies.  For more information about the code, including how to lodge a complaint for breach of the Code, please visit the ACFID website.

RedR Australia is a member of RedR International, a federated network of offices sharing a common vision of a world in which sufficient competent and committed personnel are available and responding to humanitarian needs.

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