Safety and security on assignment

Keep safe while on an in-country assignment

We recognise the importance of personal safety security in all assignment locations and have implemented a number of strategies to assist you in minimising your risk. However, your safety is also 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 and workplaces 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 as well as the program's psycho-social support provider, Response Psychological services. Prior to departure, you will be provided with details of how to contact International SOS and Response Psychological services 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, pandemics, 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.