Joint government training funds to strengthen volunteers’ skills

30 October 2018

Volunteers will be better equipped to deal with disasters thanks to $250,000 in joint Commonwealth and New South Wales Government funding.

Funding is being provided under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural Disaster Resilience.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said community partners are integral in supporting the overall emergency response during a disaster.

“The selflessness of volunteers helps organisations such as The Salvation Army provide catering, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency assist with accommodation, and the Australian Red Cross provide personal support for those affected,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

“Each of these organisations, and many others, play an essential role in delivering emergency welfare services in the midst of a disaster or recovery operation.

“This funding will support training efforts to ensure that volunteers are kept up to date with emergency management arrangements and procedures, so they can continue to help disaster-affected communities.”

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the $250,000 funding injection would ensure community partners can bolster their disaster welfare services in NSW.

“More than 3,000 volunteers sacrifice their time, and dedicate themselves to helping communities across NSW during natural disasters,” Minister Grant said.

“Our volunteers do an absolutely outstanding job when disaster strikes, putting their lives on hold to provide essential community support for those in need.

“Training is however really important for the organisations involved in an emergency to keep people’s skills current, and to encourage volunteer participation into the future.

“We are proud to provide the support our volunteers need to perform at their very best, which in turn means our communities are getting the very best service as well.”