Australian Red Cross

Published: 7 October 2014 16:54 CET

Australian Red Cross has undergone a period of substantial change and growth over recent years. The National Society has undertaken major transformational change to build a contemporary entrepreneurial, externally focussed organisation delivering a range of expanded, diverse and relevant programs to those most in need. This includes: significant expansion of programs supporting people seeking asylum and people impacted by migration; increased capacity in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery; expanded engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; and new programs supporting people with mental illness, people who are homeless and people involved with the prison and justice system. This required major organisational wide commitment and leadership to develop the capabilities and competencies of its people – both staff and volunteers.

In line with this change and the resulting growth, a consistent and consolidated approach to the building and development of skills has been introduced to the workforce. In 2010, a Workforce Development Plan was implemented. The result of six months of research, surveys, interviews and analysis, this plan outlined the technical skills and behavioural capability opportunities, tools and resources available to all Australian Red Cross vol- unteers and staff.


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright