Safety and security on assignment

Keep safe while on an in-country assignment

We recognise the importance of personal security in all assignment locations and have implemented a number of strategies to assist you in minimising your risk. However, your safety is ultimately your responsibility.

In-country program staff support volunteers on an in-country assignment, particularly regarding their safety and security. Understanding risks and planning for safe and secure accommodation are important aspects of the local orientation process.

All approved program participants have access to the program’s 24/7 emergency assistance provider, International SOS. Prior to departure, you will be provided with details of how to contact International SOS at any time during your assignment.

In case of an emergency, the program reserves the right to evacuate Australian volunteers. Decisions about the evacuation of Australian volunteers in the event of war, unpredictable and violent political situations, or natural disaster will be coordinated by the program with the Australian or other diplomatic missions in the host country.

To read more about safety and security while on assignment, please review the Safety and Security section of the Australian Volunteers Guidebook.