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Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarships

The Australian Government has established a million-dollar scholarship fund to equip volunteers with the skills and leadership required in the emergency and disaster management sector. Volunteers may be eligible for financial support to access accredited vocational and higher education qualifications in emergency and disaster management fields.

The program initially consisted of four application rounds; in recognition of the program's demonstrated value, the Australian Government announced an additional $1 million in funding in August 2018, and the addition of a fifth application round.
Note: separate terms and conditions apply to Round Five
.

Outcomes of Round Four applications will be advised by 26 November 2018. 

 

Key dates: Round One to Round Four

Application round Applications open Applications close Outcome advised

Round One
[CLOSED]

Round Two
[CLOSED]

Round Three
[CLOSED]

Round Four
[CLOSED]

1 Jun 2017


4 Sep 2017


2 Apr 2018


3 Sep 2018

14 Jul 2017


16 Oct 2017


14 May 2018


15 Oct 2018

25 Aug 2017


27 Nov 2017


25 Jun 2018


26 Nov 2018

 

Key dates: Round Five

Application round Applications open Applications close Outcome advised

Round Five

 7 Jan 2019

4 Mar 2019

15 Apr 2019

 

Applying for a scholarship 

Applicants are required to register through the online application portal. Applicants only need to register and create an account once; the same account can be used to apply again for a subsequent funding round.

Required documentation

In completing your application we require you to upload two references, and both need to be connected to the agency with whom you volunteer. You will need to upload two separate documents: an agency endorsement letter, and a reference. 

Organisation endorsement

As part of the application process, applicants must contact the organisation with which they volunteer to seek endorsement for their scholarship application. Endorsements should be in the form of a short letter, and include the name, role and full contact details (including email and phone number) of the person providing the statement. Endorsement letters must carry the organisation's official letterhead.

Download organisation endorsement letter template (MS Word 15KB)

Written reference

As part of the application process, applicants must provide a written reference. The referee must be connected to the organisation with which the applicant volunteers. The reference need only be one page in length, however it should demonstrate the applicant's commitment to ongoing participation in an emergency or disaster management volunteer role, as well as manager-level support for study. 

A strong reference will confirm the applicant's role, period of service and town/location, as well as noting previous role training and highlighting the value of further training or education to the organisation. 

Units of Competency

Applicants planning to study an Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) do not need to list the individual Units of Competency. However, applicants must indicate a start and an end date for studies. Applicants for higher education courses and individual courses or Units of Competency must still list, where possible, each unit and its date.

 

Eligible studies

Applications will be considered for whole courses, or single or multiple units, with a primary focus on emergency and disaster management. Individuals can apply for either an entire course of study, or for individual units.  As a starting point, some applicable emergency and disaster management courses and units of study currently advertised by providers are listed below.

Study mode options are stated as internal or external. Internal courses/units are taught face-to-face, usually at the provider's premises, but also off-site. External courses/units includes other modes of delivery such as online and distance education.

This list does not represent all providers or courses that may be eligible for funding, nor does listing imply AIDR's endorsement of the quality of any program over another.

The list is based on the current web-based information provided by education providers; some detail may be omitted or inaccurate. It is essential that you confirm the details with the education provider when preparing an application.

 

Undergraduate (Australian universities)

Charles Darwin University
Northern Territory
Internal or external modes

Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies

Charles Sturt University
New South Wales
External mode

Bachelor of Emergency Management

Associate Degree in Emergency Management (exit point only)

Central Queensland University
Queensland
External mode

PUA52312 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

PUA60112 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

Postgraduate (Australian universities)

Charles Darwin University
Northern Territory
Internal or external modes

Master of Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Diploma of Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Certificate of Emergency and Disaster Management

Graduate Certificate of Leadership (Police, Fire and Emergency Services)

Edith Cowan University
Western Australia
External mode

Master of Disaster and Emergency Response

Graduate Diploma of Disaster and Emergency Response

Graduate Certificate of Disaster and Emergency Response

Charles Sturt University
New South Wales
External mode

Master of Emergency Management

Graduate Diploma of Emergency Management (exit point only)

Graduate Certificate of Emergency Management (exit point only)

University of Newcastle
New South Wales
Internal or external modes

Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

Graduate Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

University of New England
New South Wales
External mode

Master of Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

Graduate Diploma in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards

Graduate Certificate in Planning and Management of Natural Hazards 

 

RMIT University
Victoria
Internal or external modes

Master of Disaster, Design and Development

Central Queensland University
Queensland
Internal mode

Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management

James Cook University
Queensland
Internal or external modes

Graduate Certificate of Disaster Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Postgraduate (higher education provider)

Australian Institute of Police Management
New South Wales
Mixed Modes

Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership (Policing and Emergency Services)

Graduate Certificate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services)

Technical and further education institutions (TAFEs)

National Centre for Emergency Management Studies
Tafe NSW: Blended or online delivered nationally

Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

OR individual or groups of competencies from the list below (Skill set codes)

PUAERMR018 Work in an emergency management context

PUAEMR009B Facilitate emergency risk assessment & PUAEMR012B Determine treatment options

AHCBUS607 Implement a monitoring, evaluation & reporting program

PSPGEN057 Develop & use political nous

PUAEMR030 Manage & Evaluate emergency management exercises & PUAEMR031 Design emergency management exercises

PUAEMR021A Facilitate emergency planning processes

PUAEMR017A Manage recovery functions & services & PUAEMR016A Facilitate community involvement in recovery

PSPGEN075 Build & maintain community relationships

BSBCON601 Develop & maintain business continuity plans

PUAOPE017A Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident

PUACOM008B Develop & organise public safety programs

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

ACIM Solutions
New South Wales
Internal and external (interstate delivery possible)

PUA60112 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

PUA52312 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

The following short courses consist of accredited skill sets:

  • Introduction to the emergency management environment
  • Risk and Preparedness
  • Advanced Risk and Preparedness
  • Response and Recovery
  • Project management and Business Continuity
  • Building Community Resilience
  • Deployment Preparedness

College for Law Education and Training
Western Australia
External

PUA60112 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

PUA52312 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

FutureWest Institute
Western Australia
Internal and external
(interstate delivery possible)

PUA60112 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)

Level 1 Incident Management Course

Level 2 Incident Management Course

Coordinate Resources for a Multi-Agency Incident Course

 

Administrative resources for recipients

Reimbursement

Successful applicants who receive a scholarship will need to complete and return the bank details form below. 
This form should only be completed by successful applicants, and posted or emailed directly to AIDR.

The payment calendar contains the planned reimbursement dates and relevant submission deadlines for scholarship recipients. AIDR will work to adhere to these dates, and recipients will be contacted in advance in the event that there is a change to a scheduled payment. 

Bank details form (MS Word 24KB)

Scholarship payment calendar (PDF 211KB)

Reimbursement: Government loan schemes (higher education only)

Higher education students using a government loan scheme may be eligible to claim a reimbursement from the scholarships fund. Students are advised to consult the advice on required documentation prior to making a claim.

Advice on required documentation (PDF 440KB)

Expense reimbursement form (MS Word 18KB)

Providing identification

100 Points of Identification guidelines (PDF 66KB)