Our History

RedR Australia was established in 1992 by engineer Jeff Dobel, 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

Engineers Australia represents the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia with 100,000 professional members at every level and across all fields of practice.

EA announced a $25,000 donation in June 2017 to mark our 25th birthday and have pledged to provide $25,000 a year to support RedR's work through to 2020.            

"Engineers Australia has been alongside RedR Australia throughout the past 25 years and their members have supported us as we evolved from a small organization to the diverse one that we are today. We thank them for their continuing strength and support of RedR" - CEO RedR Australia Kirsten Sayers.


The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is the professional organisation providing member services and advocacy for those involved in and delivering public works and engineering services to the community both in Australia and New Zealand. PWEA Australasia was one of the founding partners of RedR Australia and continues to support our work.

One of RedR Australia founding bodies, Consult Australia is the industry association for consulting companies in the built environment sector, including engineers, architects, project managers, planners, environmental scientists and quantity surveyors, among others. RedR Australia was represented at their annual conference in 2017 with CEO Kirsten Sayers giving a key note address.    


With a network of more than 25,000 Australian professional,Professionals Australia represents professionals from a wide variety of disciplines including engineering, science, IT, pharmacy, management, translators and interpreters, architecture, surveying and many more. Originally registered as the Association of Professional Engineers, Australia (APEA) sixty-one years ago, today Professional Australia.

Our humanitarian 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 2016/2017, we deployed 85 specialists to 39 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.