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International aid work


Australian Red Cross is proudly celebrating 100 years of people helping people. Over the past 50 years, highly skilled and trusted aid workers, along with relief supplies, have been sent to support the global work of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

From biomedical engineers to disaster law experts, Red Cross aid workers are highly qualified specialists, trained to work in emergency and conflict zones, helping people in devastating situations

Working closely with our Red Cross and Red Crescent partners and local communities in our unique network, Australian Red Cross aid workers are highly regarded for their specialised skills, extensive experience, professionalism and commitment

Their commitment and dedication are well known and greatly respected, not only by those within the Red Cross Movement, but by the thousands of people around the world who benefit from their activities. Aid workers bring with them technical excellence and solid experience in their field, which enables them to contribute effectively in often demanding environments.

As part of the Delegates Program, every year Australian Red Cross has more than 100 aid workers helping people in more than 30 countries around the world.

Disaster Management aid worker Catherine Gearing supported communities to be well prepared for disasters for three years before Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. 

Aid worker profiles

Australian Red Cross aid workers have varied professional and/or technical skill sets known as profiles which include:

  • community development
  • construction and shelter
  • disaster management
  • economic security (nutrition and livelihood)
  • environmental health (including water, sanitation and vector control)
  • finance
  • health (for example, public health, surgical nursing, HIV technical advisors, surgeons, maternal and child health nurses and midwives)
  • logisticians
  • restoring family links (tracing)
  • monitoring and evaluation.


You can read more about our aid workers in action in stories from the field.

What's involved?

Red Cross offers a range of short and longer term contracts for aid workers which generally include: salary, daily field allowance, superannuation, travel, health and life insurance, and all work related travel and accommodation.

Once offered a mission, all aid workers must undergo a full medical assessment including vaccinations which are mandatory for the region in which they will be working and will be required to sign a code of conduct.

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Volunteer overseas

Volunteer overseas with Red Cross

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Training courses

International training courses

Red Cross offers courses for aid workers, volunteers and the general public. Read more »

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