Red Cross staff member Ralph Coulthard helping Yvonne Thomas at the Colebrook Aboriginal community near Port Augusta, South Australia.
Red Cross is uniquely positioned to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build community-led solutions using community development approaches.
We employ more than 100 local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and engage hundreds of Indigenous volunteers. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Red Cross people work across Australia in capital cities and regional and remote centres such as Rockhampton, Palm Island, Cairns, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Broome, Kwinana, Kalgoorlie, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Kempsey and Dubbo.
How Red Cross helps
Red Cross is focused on significantly increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and volunteers across the various programs and levels of the organisation and across both services and support functions. To learn more about how we are working to achieve our goals please read our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Retention Strategy.
Our staff are highly skilled, know their community's needs, and are able to develop effective and respectful Red Cross partnerships that work to local strengths, build on available resources, foster a culture of volunteerism and are measurably results-oriented.
Fiona Stanley, SA
Fiona Stanley is from the Adnyamathanha nation in the Flinders Rangers, South Australia and is a Red Cross Community Development Officer based in Port Augusta.
Fiona says she has the best of both worlds working at Red Cross and with her mob. Read Fiona's story »
Dawn Gilchrist, WA
Yamatji Yinggarda woman Dawn Gilchrist is the Community Development Manager of our Short Stay facility in Kalgoorlie - Boulder, Western Australia.
Dawn says investing in people's lives is the basis of humanity, to help people achieve their own goals and outcomes. Read Dawn's story »
Janelle Evans, QLD
Janelle is case manager at the Red Cross operated Gumbi Gunyah Women's and Children's Wellbeing Centre in Woorabinda, Central Queensland.
"We're all here for one purpose to help one another, that's our way. We need to get back to some of the simple things, our own values and work together to build a stronger community." Read Janelle's story »
Photo: Australian Red Cross/ Wayne Quilliam