Volunteer Leadership Program

Australia’s capacity to respond to disasters relies on emergency management volunteers. Today’s volunteer leaders must negotiate a maze of relationships, networks and expectations to lead effectively in the disaster environment. Leadership demands innovation, creativity, negotiation, improvisation and strategic vision. The Volunteer Leadership Program (VLP) enhances volunteer skills in leadership and organisational management. The program builds individual and organisational capability and promotes collaboration and innovation in our organisations. The VLP is designed to be accessible to volunteers.

Selection process

To be considered for a place on a VLP course, applicants must complete and submit the application form before the due date, available via the link below. Applications for each course close six weeks before the start of the program.

Applications received before the due date will be assessed in consultation with members of the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum (AEMVF). This process can take a number of weeks to finalise. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than two weeks prior to the start of the program.

2018 program

 Location Program dates Application due date 
Perth, WA  6-8 April 2018 23 February 2018
Alice Springs, NT  11-13 May 2018 30 March 2018 
Dubbo, NSW 29 June-1 July 2018 18 May 2018 
Bairnsdale, VIC  27-29 July 2018 15 June 2018 
Mackay, QLD 24-26 August 2018 13 July 2018
Port Augusta, SA 19-21 October 2018 7 September 2018
Albury, NSW 16-18 November 2018 5 October 2018
Burnie, TAS 7-9 December 2018 26 October 2018

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