Professional development

Volunteer Leadership Program


16 November 2018 - 18 November 2018



A dynamic, immersive residential program to equip emergency sector volunteers to support their organisations' leadership.

Delivered across three days, the Volunteer Leadership Program (VLP) is designed for emergency sector volunteers with the aspiration and aptitude to support their organisations' leadership. It is a personally challenging and richly rewarding experience aimed at providing you with the foundations for capability and confidence for leadership. In taking part, you will be part of a collaborative learning experience, participating alongside volunteer leaders from other emergency management focused agencies, and generating knowledge and sharing experience.

The VLP introduces practical leadership frameworks using interactive activities led by engaging and experienced facilitators.

The program covers skills for you to improve awareness of your team, yourself and others including:

  • leadership and management strategies in your volunteer agency context
  • contemporary issues facing the emergency management sector
  • leading change in your organisation
  • building and maintaining motivation of volunteers
  • identifying (and working with) different personality types
  • resolving conflict, addressing performance issues and giving critical feedback
  • identifying stress and self-care strategies.

Each program allows for additional topics to be incorporated based on the unique interests and needs of each group.

The VLP is delivered on behalf of AIDR by the Australian Red Cross.

Can you participate?

To be considered for the VLP, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an active emergency service sector volunteer in, or aspiring to, a leadership role
  • Have the time and agency support to attend the VLP and be prepared for approximately two hours of pre-course work
  • Be available to participate in a program that commences late afternoon on Friday and concludes mid-afternoon on Sunday
  • Answer all questions on the application form, demonstrating a vision for emergency management in Australia
  • Submit application before the closing date (typically six weeks prior to the commencement of each course e.g. a course on 17 November, will close on 6 October)
  • Be 18 years of age or over on the day the course commences.

Successful applications will be advised of their place as soon as possible and at least two weeks prior to each course.

What next?

  • Seek the endorsement of your agency manager to attend the program using the organisation endorsement form
  • Complete the online application form (uploading organisation endorsement as directed) before the due date (early submissions are recommended).

AIDR will select participants for each program based on the criteria outline above. If a VLP is over-subscribed, AIDR will seek to offer eligible applications a place at future programs or place them on a wait list for a place at short notice. 

What is provided?

The course costs are met by AIDR and include:

  • Twin-share accommodation for out-of-town guests at the venue (Friday and Saturday night) – AIDR will attempt to allocate rooms based on organisation and age, however cannot guarantee participants will room-share with someone they know
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, and all meals during the day
  • Car parking as required/available.

Where available, participants may request a single room at an additional cost of $67 per night payable by either themselves or their agency. The availability of single rooms is not assured. AIDR will invoice the cost of single rooms post-event.

AIDR encourages applications from across Australia for any of the courses, although travel costs are typically the responsibility of the agency or individual. Occasionally, AIDR may agree to meet limited additional costs, including single room accommodation or some travel assistance for those with a specific need. Any requests for additional support must be sent to

AIDR will endeavour to accommodate any dietary requests advised at the time of application; menus are typically available for vegetarian, low-fat and gluten-free diets. 

Other Locations

Volunteer Leadership Program - Burnie
Burnie, TAS

A dynamic, immersive residential program to equip emergency sector volunteers to support their organisations' leadership.