Australia Awards Humanitarian Action Short Term Award

AAI Humanitarian Action participants with UQ Delivery Team, UQ Arts Museum, St Lucia Campus, 21 January 2019

The Australia Awards in Indonesia Humanitarian Action Short Term Award (STA) was designed to enhance Indonesia’s role in responding to international humanitarian crises, and support resilience building and disaster prevention, in line with international humanitarian standards. It directly complemented the next phase of the Australia Indonesia Partnership in Disaster Risk Management (AIPDRM) program.

The 2019 Humanitarian Action STA, funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was managed by Australia Awards in Indonesia (AAI), and designed and delivered by The University of Queensland’s International Development unit, one of the leading university development groups in the Indo-Pacific region.

The STA aimed to build closer links between Indonesian and Australian humanitarian and disaster prevention actors, and to strengthen learning, innovation and inclusion. The learning objectives were identified in consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia (Kemlu) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The two-week short course offered participants customised action-based learning approaches, and opportunities to benchmark with aligned Australian counterpart organisations through guest presentation sessions, site visits, break-out sessions and informal interactions with Community Recovery (QLD), Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy, and the Australian Red Cross.

The 26 course participants were from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia (Kemlu), the National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), Ministry of Social Affairs (Mensos), Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Centre (MDMC), Nahdlahtul Ulama Disaster Management and Climate Change Institute (LPBI NU), the Australian Embassy Jakarta and the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA).

Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller, Manager, International Development spoke about the networking benefits for participants during the course.

“The participants had a number of opportunities to engage with mentors and key experts in humanitarian action and disaster risk management. The course was designed to deepen their  knowledge of working in the international humanitarian system and demonstrated the importance of coherent and coordinated policy approaches to humanitarian action.”

“The STA was highly successful in building closer linkages between Indonesian and Australian humanitarian and disaster prevention actors,” Dr Nabbs-Keller said.

A number of participants reflected positively on their engagement with Australian officials:
“The possibility to meet with various high ranked officials and experts from different sectors/agencies and to learn from the team as well as other participants,” was identified as a highlight of the short course experience.

About Australia Awards

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Since 2011, The University of Queensland’s International Development unit has been one of the leading providers of Australia Awards Short Courses.

Short Term Awards enable Australia Awards in Indonesia to equip individuals with knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to their organisation’s priorities, to strengthen organisations and to develop people-to-people links between Indonesians, and between Indonesians and Australians (

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Last updated:
16 June 2021