National Spontaneous Volunteer Strategy

The National Spontaneous Volunteer Strategy: Coordination of Volunteer Effort in the Immediate Post Disaster Stage was endorsed by the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee on 2 October 2015.

It provides advice to jurisdictions on what they need to be aware of, and what they need to consider and plan for when working with spontaneous volunteers, such as social media and legal obligations.

The Strategy provides broad guidance and suggested actions for government agencies, rather than prescribed actions, along with three case studies:

  • Sampson’s Flat 2015 bushfires in South Australia
  • Community Response to Extreme Weather (CREW) system in Queensland
  • Managers of Spontaneous Emergency Volunteers (MSEV) project in Victoria.
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