Local Government Sub Plan Spontaneous Volunteers: A practical Guide for Local Government


Guides Local Government in developing their Spontaneous Volunteer Management Sub Plan and outlines key considerations and example text.

This document is designed to guide you in developing your own Local Government Spontaneous Volunteer Management Sub-Plan.

It outlines key considerations and example text for a Spontaneous Volunteer Management Sub-Plan to support Local Government and their respective Local Disaster Management Groups (LDMG) in managing how / if / when Spontaneous Volunteers are used to support disaster operations.

Local planning requirements, structures and templates should also be applied for consistency.

The purpose of a Spontaneous Volunteer Management Sub-Plan is to detail the arrangements within the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) to engage, manage and coordinate Spontaneous Volunteers to support local response and recovery activities. It is typically is seen as a Sub-Plan of the Local Disaster Management Plan.

This Sub-Plan should aim to:

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of a safe and coordinated involvement of Spontaneous Volunteers.
  • Ensure the safety of Spontaneous Volunteers, responders and the community.
  • Provide a positive volunteer experience that encourages continued volunteerism and other community support.