Our history

RedR Australia was established in 1992 by engineer Jeff Dobell, who called on his peers to apply their skills to disaster relief. Jeff's vision, to deploy engineers to support disaster-affected communities during international crisis, was realised with support from our four founding bodies, Engineers Australia, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Consult Australia and Professionals Australia.

Our founding bodies





Our experts

Over the past 25 years, we have expanded the breadth of expertise we are able to offer in humanitarian emergencies to include experts in logistics, humanitarian coordination, civil-military coordination, monitoring and assessment, public health, child protection, nutrition, education in emergencies, the prevention of gender-based violence, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and more. We have deployed more than 900 people to over 85 countries.

In the 2015/2016, we deployed 106 specialists to 35 countries to assist communities in desperate need following natural disasters and conflict-induced emergencies.

Our training

Our people are recognised for their extensive experience and the solid humanitarian training we provide. This training is subsidised by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is also available to other international aid workers and humanitarians. It is part of the Government's efforts to capacity build Australia's humanitarian sector.