BlazeAid volunteers

Sustainable volunteering

The current business model for emergency management volunteering in Australia and New Zealand is unsustainable and needs to be changed.

 Australia’s capacity to respond to natural disasters depends largely on specialised volunteer-based organisations with small paid workforces and much larger unpaid, volunteer workforces. However, a range of societal and demographic trends, such as shifting work-life patterns and suburbanisation, are challenging the capacity of these organisations to retain their volunteers at a time when vulnerability to natural disasters is increasing.

The objective of this cluster is to develop new models, strategies and approaches for volunteering that support emergency management and that:

  • Improve the long-term sustainability of the volunteer workforce, and;
  • Better engage the potential of volunteering to build disaster resilience in Australian communities.
AFAC17 logo

AFAC17 logo

All the resources from our 2017 conference

National research priorities for natural hazards

National research priorities for natural hazards

National priorities for research

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

The Sir Ivan fire. Photo: Nick Moir, Fairfax Media

Research findings from 2017 NSW fires

Four years of highlights

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

Research clusters