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.

Applications for each course close six weeks before the start of the program – see selection process.

2019 program

 Location Program dates Application due date 
Fremantle, WA  29-31 March 2019 15 February 2019
Darwin, NT  24-26 May 2019 12 April 2019
Batemans Bay, NSW 21-23 June 2019 10 May 2019
Mildura, VIC  26-28 July 2019 14 June 2019
Bundaberg, QLD 9-11 August 2019 28 June 2019
Launceston, TAS 20-22 September 2019 9 August 2019
Adelaide, SA 25-27 October 2019 13 September 2019
Tamworth, NSW 8-10 November 2019 27 September 2019


Selection process 

To be considered for a place on a VLP course, applicants must complete and submit the application form before the due date. 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.