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Scholarships for volunteers

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) will administer a new $1 million Australian Government scholarship fund to boost education development opportunities for emergency management volunteers. 

Announced by The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism, the scholarships will be made available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who are volunteers in an emergency management agency for accredited emergency management vocational or higher education.

More than half the scholarships will be reserved for specific groups of volunteers: those who live in a regional or rural area; female volunteers; and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander volunteers.

These scholarships will equip emergency management volunteers to best prepare and respond to a range of disasters and build national resilience.

Further information about the scholarships and the applications process will soon be available on the AIDR website at

Last Updated: 05 May 2016