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International aid work

How we help overseas reflects what we do in Australia every day as an international aid organisation.

We help people prepare for and cope with disasters and crises, promote better health and wellbeing as well as reunite families separated by and protect people in war and conflict.

We are also looking at ways to strengthen the humanitarian sector with our Intelligent Aid work, to save lives and time when disasters strike.

With our partners in the Asia-Pacific region, we’re trialling drones in disaster responses, using climate forecasts to plan emergency responses before disasters strike, strengthening disaster laws and finding ways to put local humanitarian agencies at the centre of everything we do.

We’re not doing this alone: we want to bring technology, law, science, entrepreneurship and banking together to create game-changing solutions.

We're part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, with a local presence in almost every country on earth. We'd like you to be part of it too.

How we help internationally

Disasters and crises

Helping people survive in the toughest of times

Health and wellbeing

Helping to find solutions to common but devastating illnesses.

Protecting safety and dignity

Supporting those most affected in a crisis.

Intelligent Aid

Australian Red Cross is implementing a new way of working across the Asia Pacific region; a collective, coordinated and complimentary approach to humanitarian aid, which increases local capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

  • Intelligent aid draws on business, technology and data to speed up recovery from disasters and reduce their disruptive effects. This includes: investing more wisely in preparation and early action before a disaster strikes
  • making better use of mobile and aerial technologies before, during and after a disaster
  • implementing and strengthening legal reforms to help aid go further, faster developing products and services that help families and communities bounce back quicker.

Discover how international aid works

Red Cross workers putting on protection suits during the Ebola crisis.

Season three

Season three of our How Aid Works podcast continues to reveal secrets from the frontlines of aid. Get ready for a wild ride with larger-than-life, uplifting and occasionally tear-jerking stories.

More than food and water

Nuran Higgins knows how hard it can be to live from hand to mouth, not knowing where the next meal is coming from.

Poo is not taboo

No matter whether you’re on a remote Pacific Island or in Syria’s largest city, toilets are critical to any humanitarian operation.