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.

2018 program

 Location Program dates Application due date 
Perth, WA  6-8 April 2018 CLOSED
Alice Springs, NT  11-13 May 2018 CLOSED 
Dubbo, NSW 29 June-1 July 2018 CLOSED 
Sale, VIC  27-29 July 2018 CLOSED
Mackay, QLD 24-26 August 2018 CLOSED
Loxton, SA 19-21 October 2018 CLOSED
Albury, NSW 16-18 November 2018 26 October 2018
Burnie, TAS 7-9 December 2018 2 November 2018

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.