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Important information:
Australian Volunteers for International Development program

Under the Federal Budget released on 12 May, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been allocated an estimated total budget of $39.6 million for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program in 2015/2016. This is a reduction from funding in 2014/2015.

Australian Red Cross is one of three partner organisations funded under this budget to deliver the AVID program.

DFAT is exploring how the budget reduction may affect the number of new volunteers to be sent overseas in 2015/2016. To manage this impact, all partners have been asked to delay the recruitment and selection of new volunteers for 2015/2016.

What this means for new volunteer assignments
We are unable to recruit for AVID assignments until further notice. If you have recently applied for an assignment you will be contacted by our recruitment team to discuss options.

We remain committed to the AVID program and our partners in the field. We will provide further information as soon as the impacts of the budget are confirmed.

For volunteers in the field or due to depart before June 2015
It is our first priority to ensure that volunteers now in the field can complete their assignments. We are also committed to deploying volunteers who have already been selected for 2014/2015.

Find out more 
About the program  
Watch video: The realities of volunteering
Read volunteer stories from the field
Read UNPACKED digital magazine: Issue #5


Photos: Bart Verweij, Tiet Ho and IFRC (Australian Red Cross)

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