The Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR) develops, maintains and shares knowledge and learning to support a disaster-resilient Australia.

Following a comprehensive development process a new handbook has been released on volunteer management. Handbook 12: Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers is now online.

This new handbook builds directly upon the national Spontaneous Volunteer Strategy endorsed by the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee. The handbook supports the strategy by providing general guidance to organisations on ways to incorporate its principles into their plans and activities.

The handbook also facilitates linkages between the Spontaneous Volunteer Strategy and the Spontaneous Volunteer Management Resource Kit, developed in 2010 by the Australian Red Cross for the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

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