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Calling all volunteers with a bloody good attitude to work and desire to help others!

Disaster Relief Australia continues to respond to recovery efforts post disaster, right across Australia. Whether its floods, fires, cyclones, or drought- DRA teams are willing to get in the field to help communities get back on track post disaster.

To streamline our processes a singular operational EOI will be current for all active operations. You will be able to select your preferred operation in this EOI. Each wave is up to 7 days, and will likely include a travel day each side. Can’t do 7 days? Don’t worry, you can select preferences and parameters in your EOI.

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BEFORE YOU DEPLOY

If you are a DRA Member, Check your Muster profile is at Deployment Ready, all skills and qualifications are up to date and emergency contact details are correct.

If you are a new volunteer, please sign up via our New Member EOI portal.

Remember to keep your tetanus injections up to date (ideally within the past 5 years). Done that? Then you are all set to throw your hat in the ring to be selected for a DRA Operation.

If you need a hand with your Muster profile, just let us know in the EOI and we can help you out!  Before you get on the ground, we ask all DRA members to complete the Online Core Operations Course. This course can be accessed via the DRA Training Portal and is designed to help you prepare for your deployment and know what to expect on DRA ops.

Please also you are up to date with all Safe Work Method Statements which can be found HERE.

 WHAT IS COVERED WHEN YOU DEPLOY?

  • Meals, barracks style accommodation and PPE will be provided by DRA
  • DRA transportation from designated RV zones to the Forward Operating Base
  • Flights from major airports (operation budget dependent)

WHAT IS NOT COVERED

Taxis, ride-share, airport parking or private transport to/from designated RV zones. Sorry, no home pick ups.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Everyone has Legislated Health and Safety “Duty of Care” to:

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety;
  • take reasonable care to ensure they don’t affect the health and safety of other people, for example, other volunteers, members of the public or clients they may be assisting;
  • comply, so far as they are reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given to them by the DRA organisation; and
  • co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure that the DRA organisation has provided to them.

Insurance Cover for Volunteers:

Volunteers are volunteers and not employees of DRA. This means they are not covered by workers compensation. Their first recourse of injury cover is Medicare and/or DVA. Any out of pocket expenses not covered can then be submitted through DRA’s Volunteer Insurance Policy.

 

COVID VACCINATIONS

In accordance with the nationwide relaxation of COVID-19 vaccination mandates, DRA is removing the pre-deployment requirement for members to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Members who are currently symptomatic will be prevented from deploying and DRA will continue to strictly enforce isolation and testing of members with COVID-symptoms during operations.

DRA continues to recommend that all members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, due to the proven public health and personal safety benefits.

DRA will also continue to monitor the public health situation and revise internal policies accordingly.

FITNESS

Ask yourself this: Are you physically and mentally fit for task? This is hard work and can be emotionally confronting working in communities with residual trauma that comes with living through adversity.

You will be working for up to 7 days straight sometimes in austere conditions. Be honest with yourselves! Please read through the requirements for operations as questioned in the EOI, and make sure you fit the parameters. As you can imagine, we need to look after safety of self as we provide service to those in need. The last thing any of us want is to inadvertently make a situation worse. Therefore you will see there are strong fitness guidelines around DRA deployments.

Your submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) and acceptance of any Joining Instructions are making legally binding declaration of:

  • Your fitness to work, and your own psychological and physical readiness to deploy;
  • Your commitment to carrying sufficient personal medically prescribed medicines; and
  • If any circumstances arise that change these declarations, that you will advise of the change ASAP.

 

FINAL NOTE

Please remember that submission of an EOI is not a guarantee of attendance. Check your spam and junk folders for missing communications! You may be contacted by the Mobilisation Team for further information.

Thank you so much for your interest in getting in the field with Disaster Relief Australia! If you have specific questions, drop an email to:

mobilisation@disasterreliefaus.org

WELLBEING PROJECT DEPLOYMENT SURVEY

When you submit an EOI for deployment commencing after 16 November you will automatically be enrolled to participate in DRA’s Wellbeing Deployment Surveys.  If you choose to participate a survey link will be sent to you daily for 14 days around the time of your deployment.  Each survey will take approximately 1-to-2-minutes to complete.  

The surveys are part of DRA’s Wellbeing Project, which is extremely important to DRA and your participation would be greatly appreciated; however, should you choose to opt-out you can do so when your first survey link is sent to you (it will include an option to opt-out).  

Read full details about the Wellbeing Project on the DRA member’s website at https://members.disasterreliefaus.org/wellbeing-project/  

OPERATION MACTIER

  OPERATION NAME: Mactier

LOCATION: Central and Northern Victoria

STATUS: APPROVED

Wave Dates: 

Wave 8: 18 Jan (17 for IMT) to 26 Jan 2023

Wave 9: 25 Jan (24 for IMT) to 02 Feb 2023

Wave 10: 01 Feb (31st Jen for IMT) to 09 Feb 2023

Wave 11: 08 Feb (7th for IMT) to 16 Feb 2023

Wave 12: 15 Feb (14 for IMT) to 23 Feb 2023

Wave 13: 22 Feb (21 for IMT) to 02 Mar 2023

Wave 14: 01 Mar (29th Feb for IMT) to 09 Mar 2023 (PENDING)

Wave 15: 08 Mar (07 for IMT) to 16 Mar 2023 (PENDING)

DEMOB: 02 Mar to 04 MAR (TBC)

BACKGROUND:

Disaster Relief Australia is currently working with Emergency Management Victoria and other agencies to provide support to local communities in the central and northern Victoria region following the devastating floods that have recently hit the area

Phase 2 of Op Mactier will be focused on the Echuca region. 

We are currently looking for members who are ready and willing to deploy to assist with debris management & removal, muck-out of dwellings (flood clean-up of buildings), community engagement, chainsaw work and fence line repairs.

EOI Status: EOI’s are now open for this and all upcoming operations.

For any questions, please contact mobilisation@disasterreliefaus.org

OPERATION SALWAY

OPERATION NAME: Salway

LOCATION: Bega Valley

STATUS: APPROVED

WAVE DATES:

ADVON: 11 Feb to 15 Feb 2023

Wave 1: 15 Feb (14 for IMT) to 23 Feb 2023

Wave 2: 22 Feb (21 for IMT) to 02 Mar 2023

Wave 3: 01 Mar (29th Feb for IMT) to 09 Mar 2023.

Wave 4: 08 Mar (07 for IMT) to 16 Mar 2023

Wave 5: 15 Mar (14 for IMT) to 23 Mar 2023

Wave 6: 22 Mar (21 for IMT) to 30 Mar 2023

Wave 7: 29 Mar (28 for IMT) to 06 Apr 2023

Wave 8: 05 Apr (04 for IMT) to 13 Apr 2023

Wave 9: 12 Apr (11 for IMT) to 20 Apr 2023

DEMOB: 20 Apr to 23 Apr 2023 (TBC)

BACKGROUND:

Disaster Relief Australia is currently working with the Bega Valley Council to return to the region to complete long overdue works following the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires. This operation will be focussed around the Cobargo area.

In early 2020, Op Ryan was cut short due to COVID-19, DRA attempted to re-commence operations with Op Corkhill Phase 2 in Feb 2021, but these efforts were once again hampered by COVID-19 restrictions. This operation plans to build on the work done during Operation Ryan and Corkhill and return to the community to assist them in their recovery.   

Social recovery and community resilience will be enabled by assistance to property owners to rectify remaining damage or debris and take significant steps in community recovery. Economic recovery will be supported by assisting the community, landowners and businesses to rectify property damage, reduce hazards and restore normal levels of activity and productivity.

DRA taskings will include general bushfire clean-up activities including damaged tree clearance, debris management and removal, property access clearing, chainsaw operations, minor fence line repairs, and spontaneous volunteer (Sponvol) management.

EOI Status: EOI’s are now open for this and all upcoming operations.

For any questions, please contact mobilisation@disasterreliefaus.org

OPERATION SIMMONDS

 (PENDINGOPERATION NAME: SIMMONDS

LOCATION: Western NSW

STATUS: APPROVED

Wave Dates: 

Wave 1: 18 Jan (17 for IMT) to 26 Jan 2023

Wave 2: 25 Jan (24 for IMT) to 02 Feb 2023

Wave 3: 01 Feb (31st Jen for IMT) to 09 Feb 2023

Wave 4: 08 Feb (7th for IMT) to 16 Feb 2023

Wave 5: 15 Feb (14 for IMT) to 23 Feb 2023 (PENDING)

Wave 6: 22 Feb (21 for IMT) to 02 Mar 2023 (PENDING)

BACKGROUND:

Following significant flooding in the Forbes, Parkes and Cabonne LGA’s, DRA is launching an operation based out of Forbes.

DRA taskings will include general flood clean-up activities including damaged structure clearance of both furniture and damaged walls, anti-mould operations, debris management & removal, chainsaw operations, fence line repairs, aerial damage assessments and spontaneous volunteer (SponVol) management.

EOI Status: EOI’s are now open for this and all upcoming operations.

For any questions, please contact mobilisation@disasterreliefaus.org