Disaster Relief Australia have built an incredible capability to provide unparalleled relief assistance across the full range of global natural disasters. We’re proud of our history and our accomplishments.


Operation Kelliher

In Response to: Floods
Location: QLD & NSW
Status: March – May 2022

Flood Recovery in QLD & NSW

Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) committed to deploying a veteran-led volunteer workforce to Queensland and New South Wales in response to catastrophic flooding. One of DRA’s biggest operation commitments to date. A mass call-out to the general public saw DRA’s highly trained veterans leading a mud army of volunteers.

As of 8th May 2022, Operation Kelliher deployed  714 volunteers, contributing over 25,767 volunteer hours, completing 526 requests for assistance which have saved the community over 1.4 million dollars.

Operation Traill

In Response to: Floods
Location: Cassilis and Coolah, NSW
Status: Complete

Flood Recovery Cassilis and Coolah, NSW

Operation Traill was announced for the Upper Hunter Shire and surrounds in response to flooding at the end of November 2021. DRA  conducted a sustained operation in the area of Cassilis and Coolah, NSW, commencing late February. The response lasted 14 days.

Operation Chapple

In Response to: Covid
Location: South Australia
Active: January – February 2022

Covid Logistics Support in South Australia

DRA worked alongside the SA Government and other selected agencies and community organisations to assist with logistics and Incident Management Team activity on the distribution of RAT kits to eligible SA residents through a series of drive-thru collection points.

Operation Thorpe

In Response to: Black Summer Bushfires
Location: Mallacoota VIC
Active: 26 November to 12 December 2021

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery in Mallacoota

Nearly two years post Black Summer Fires, Mallacoota still required bushfire recovery. Scant recovery took place since the fires in part due to COVID preventive measures limiting disaster recovery activities. When restrictions eased, Disaster Relief Australia launched a short term operation to fell dangerous trees, clear fences of vegetation and debris and perform general clean-up work as required.


Operation Joynt

In Response to: Extreme Weather Event
Location: Dandenong Ranges VIC
Active:  3rd July onwards (currently paused)

Help the Hills Recovery Dandenong Ranges

DRA deployed a response to the severe weather events across the State of Victoria in June 2021. The target area for the rolling operation was the Dandenong Ranges which is 50km from Melbourne’s CBD.

The Melbourne Disaster Relief Team (DRT) collaberated with Rotary – Emerald & District and their Dandenong Ranges task force called “Help the Hills” to assist recovery efforts to help affected veterans and their communities.

Operation Corkhill

In Response to: Bushfire recovery
Location: Eurobodalla Shire & Bega, NSW
Active: Paused 24th June, 2021

Bushfire Recovery Bega Valley

The Black Summer Fires in the Bega Valley LGA caused widespread loss: with the destruction of 465 houses, 1098 outbuildings and hundreds of other structures damaged. DRA was forced to pause fire recovery operations in March of 2020 in the Bega area with Op Ryan due to COVID-19.

Work was able to recommence into the area with Phase 2 of Op Corkhill. There was still much bushfire recovery work to be done. DRA rolled to a new area of operation (AO) in the Bega Valley.

Operation Elliot

In Response to: Catastrophic flooding
Location: Mid-North-Coast, NSW
Completed: 10th April – 15th May

Flood Recovery Mid-North-Coast NSW

The New South Wales coastline – from the Mid-North-Coast to south of Sydney – experienced a sustained extreme weather event that set in on 19/20 March 2021. The area affected spanned much of NSW Central and Mid-North Coast.

DRA conducted flood recovery operations during 10th April – 15th May, 2021. This operation brought help and hope to the community and saved well in excess of 250K.

Operation Woods

In Response to: Bushfire recovery
Location: Perth Hills, WA
Completed: 27th February- 25th April 2021

Bushfire Recovery Perth Hills, WA

The Wooroloo fires in the north east of Perth destroyed at least 86 dwellings and burnt over 10500 ha of land. DRA and the Minderoo Foundation stepped up to help.

These volunteers included Fortescue and Western Force employees, as well as Minderoo Foundation staff who helped coordinate logistics and communications with affected residents.

Operation Turner

In Response to: Bushfire recovery
Location: Kangaroo Island
Completed: Nov 8, 2020

Bushfire Recovery Kangaroo Island, SA

The December 2019 bushfires on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia continued in the region for several weeks resulting in the loss of two lives as well as many homes, farms, businesses and countless livestock and over 210,000 hectares of land.

As soon as it was safe to do so, Disaster Relief Australia deployed volunteers to the area, helping over 33 families. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, in late March 2020 the operation was halted.

Operation Dexter

In Response to: Bushfires
Location: Rosedale, Qld
Completed: Oct 14, 2020

Bushfire Recovery Rosedale, QLD

DRA launched a bushfire recovery operation in the SW area of the Gladstone Regional Council LGA, during October 2020 in response to the Nov/Dec 2018 bushfires which raged through the region for 2 weeks.

Locals sustained a fatality and countless injuries while fighting to save their properties. The fires burnt more than 75,000 hectares in and around the villages of Rosedale, Miriam Vale, Lowmead, Baffle Creek & Mount Maria. Twenty months post bushfires, some community members were still without power and continued to reside in makeshift dwellings. Disaster Relief Australia was dedicated to come back into the community to provide recovery works.

Operation Tiger

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Kangaroo Island, SA
Completed: Feb 22, 2020 to Mar 22, 2020

Operation Ryan

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Cobargo, NSW
Completed: Jan 25, 2020 to March 22, 2020

Operation Hannaford

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Lobethal, SA
Completed: Jan 18, 2020 to 22 Mar, 2020

Operation Richter

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: East Gippsland, VIC
Completed: Jan 21, 2020 Mar 8, 2020

Operation Partridge

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Willawarrin NSW 2350
Completed: Nov 25, 2019 to Jan 05, 2020

Operation Bugden

In Response to: Devastating bushfires
Location: Casino, NSW
Completed: October 2019

Operation Grant

In Response to: Drought
Location: Scone, NSW
Active: May 13, 2019 to May 27, 2019

Operation Gordon

In Response to: Flooding
Location: Townsville, QLD
Active: Jan 30, 2019 to Mar 09, 2019

Operation McLeod

In Response to: QLD wildfires
Location: Deepwater, QLD
Active: Dec 16, 2018 to Jan 11, 2019

Palu Tsunami

In Response to: Palu Tsunami
Location: Palu Indonesia
Active: Oct 2, 2018 to Oct 21, 2018

Operation Irma

In Response to: Hurricane Irma
Location: Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Active: Oct 18, 2017 to Nov 07, 2017

Operation Dunlop

In Response to: Operation Dunlop
Location: Proserpine QLD 4800, Australia
Active: Apr 02, 2017 to Apr 17, 2017

Operation Harding

In Response to: Drought
Location: Dubbo, NSW
Active: Aug 7, 2018 to Sep 2, 2018

Operation Dawes

In Response to: Tathra Bush Fires
Location: Location:Tathra NSW 2550, Australia
Active: Mar 22, 2018 to Apr 13, 2018

Operation Hard Hustle

In Response to: Operation Hard Hustle
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Sep 01, 2017 to Dec 01, 2017

Operation Bayanihan

In Response to: Typhoon Ompong
Location: North Luzon, Philippines
Active: 2018 to 2019