Disaster Aid Response Team (DART)

A key element of our disaster response is having trained volunteers on the ground.

This is the role of tour Disaster Aid Response Team (DART)


The DART members are our on site project managers, working with local communities in a disaster.

They take on considerable responsibility to Disaster Aid Australia and our supporters to ensure that the donations are used efficiently and effectivly.

The role at the disaster location includes:

  • Identifying appropriate local contacts who can assist in identifying communities where our aid will be most beneficial.
  • Meeting with the communities that have identified  and determining their needs.
  • Determining the best way of providing aid that meets the communitie’s needs.
  • Reporting the situation to the Disaster Aid Board so appropriate levels of resources can be allocated.
  • Arranging purchase of aid materials as close as possible to the disaster site.
  • Managing and monitoring the distribution of aid materials.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the aid.

DART Member Requirements

DART’s are all volunteers.

They are required to contribute their time to:

  • Travel, at short notice, for up to 2 weeks to respond to  Disasters. (travel and accommodation costs will be met by Disaster Aid)
  • Be active in fundraising, including giving presentation to Disaster Aid Supporters.
  • Attend training sessions.

Good health and a reasonably high level of physical fitness is required.

Applicants will be required to submit to a comprehensive medical before an application can be proceed.

Every effort is taken by Disaster Aid Australia to minimise the risk, however by necessity we expect them to perform in the difficult conditions of disaster affected regions.

As many risks will still be present all prospective DARTs’ should discuss their intentions with their families.

DART Training

Dart Training is typically over several days typically organised over around 2 – 3 weekends.

Training exercise – Emergency shelter using plastic sheet.

Although the cost of the training is met by Disaster Aid each trainee must meet their travel costs in attending the training days.

More Information

If you like to be involved in this role you are welcome to contact us on  0491 104 943, or admin@disasteraidaustralia.org.au and we can further discuss ways in which you can use your skills to assist in our activities.