Australia to Deploy Civilian Corps for Disaster and Conflict Zones

An AusAID staff distributes relief supplies for quake victims in Padang, Indonesia. Photo by: AusAID

Australia is coming up with a new strategy in disaster and conflict response by establishing the Australian Civilian Corps, which will take full operation in 2011.

The government pitched the legislation in the Parliament of Australia June 23, eight months after the proposal was announced.  

The proposed program will facilitate quick response to catastrophes and civilian conflict in affected countries through the deployment of experts in public administration, finance, law, engineering, health and community development.

They are tasked to work toward the restoration of basic services and infrastructure as well as help rebuild government institutions.

The bill also calls for the establishment of a legal framework for the deployment of Australian Civilian Corps staff, taking into account specific employment arrangements tailored to the unique nature of the job.

The recruitment of Australian Civilian Corps personnel from all levels of government and the broader Australian community will be conducted in due course, according to a press release by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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