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Immigration Detention Monitoring Program (IDMP) Volunteer Humanitarian Observer - Perth

Apply now Role no: 496242
Availability: Business hours, Evenings, Mornings, Weekends
Time involved: As required
Location: Perth

  • Commitment - Quarterly visits up to 5 days duration.  Must be able to commit to at least 2 events annually.
  • Location - Perth and the potential to travel to Yongah Hill or Christmas Island if required

The program
The Australian Red Cross Immigration Detention Monitoring Program (IDMP) Team conducts regular and frequent independent monitoring of immigration facilities across Australia. Our team focuses on issues of humanitarian concern, which means that we observe the conditions of detention and the treatment of people in detention to ensure that their health, dignity, and wellbeing is being upheld and protected.

More information about the IDMP can be found on Red Cross’ website here.

In all activities, our volunteers, members, and staff are guided by the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  More information about Red Cross’ Fundamental Principles can be found here.  Red Cross observations and humanitarian diplomacy are conducted according to our Fundamental Principles in a neutral, impartial, and independent manner and aim to promote respect for fundamental humanitarian needs and adherence to relevant domestic and international standards governing detention.

The opportunity
During IDMP visits, Volunteer Humanitarian Observers meet with individuals and groups of people in detention to discuss issues impacting on their treatment and welfare as well as the general conditions of detention. Volunteer Humanitarian Observers conduct initial analysis of the information provided to them by people in detention and report this information back to the Lead Humanitarian Observer.  This information is then used to prepare for humanitarian diplomacy with stakeholders at detention facilities.  

IDMP visits to detention facilities take place every three months and run for up to five days. Volunteer Humanitarian Observers will need to be available to join at least two visits for up to five days per visit per year.  They must also be available to attend briefing meetings before and after the visits and training as required.

The impact
Based on our confidential monitoring, the IDMP team raises issues of humanitarian concern relating to people in detention with the Australian Government and makes recommendations that promote respect for humanitarian values.

Red Cross will ensure you have training, ongoing support and access to other opportunities within the World’s largest humanitarian network.

For more information, please see the volunteer role description Download File VRD - Volunteer Humanitarian Observer IDMP.pdf or contact Claire Cayzer on (02) 9290 8916.  

Please note: you will be required to upload a recent copy of your CV to submit this application.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Advertised: W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: W. Australia Standard Time

  1. Submit your application Tell us about yourself along with any skills and experience you can bring to Red Cross by completing an online application.
  2. Meet with us Have a chat with us about the volunteer role you have applied for and see whether it’s a good match for you and for us.
  3. Complete some checks If you are successful in getting the role we’ll ask you to complete a Police Check. In some cases a Working With Children Check may also be required.
  4. Get started! At this stage, it’s time for your induction and training as you’re now an official Red Cross Volunteer.

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