Parliament Approves Creation of Australian Civilian Corps

The Australian Parliament has approved the establishment of the Australian Civilian Corps, which Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd said will facilitate the deployment of civilian specialists to assist countries recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

“Australia has many highly skilled people, be it lawyers, engineers, or health professionals, who are ready for the challenge of assisting crisis-affected countries,” Rudd said. “A 2020 Summit idea in 2008, the ACC register is now open, and we hope to have 500 Australian civilians, trained and ready to serve by 2014.”

ACC is expected to be composed of experts in public administration, law, finance, health, engineering and community development who will work toward the restoration of basic services and infrastructure, as well as help rebuild government institutions.

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Interested professionals can apply by registering at the ACC website.

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