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Australian Civilian Corps


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Our spend for 2012/13


Implementation of the revised 2013-14 budget is currently under discussion with partner governments and organisations.


The Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) is a group of experienced civilian specialists who provide stabilisation and recovery assistance to fragile states and countries experiencing or emerging from conflict or natural disaster.

The ACC was formed in 2011 and is designed to provide a flexible and timely Australian response that bridges the gap between humanitarian and emergency relief and long-term development programs.

Specialists deploy into Australian, UN or bilateral partner programs or host government ministries at the invitation of each country’s government. Their work complements the existing work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other partner agencies in emergency response, bilateral development assistance and humanitarian aid.

ACC recruitment

The ACC register has reached its initial target of 500 members. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is now assessing the ACC’s capability requirements in relation to expected future needs. There will be no further recruitment to the ACC register until this assessment is complete. We will update this advice at that time.

Current deployments

Papua New Guinea—Election specialists (May 2013 – September 2013)

  • Two logistics and procurement specialists have assisted the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission (PNGEC) to administer the local level government elections.

Read more about the PNG election specialists deployment

Samoa—Cyclone Evan recovery and reconstruction (May 2013 – February 2014)

  • ACC engineers have inspected more than 45 bridges and made recommendations to prioritise reconstruction and maintenance of Samoa’s bridges.

Read more about the Cyclone Evan recovery and reconstruction deployment

Afghanistan, Uruzgan province—Stabilisation Advisers (July 2011–June 2014)

  • ACC stabilisation advisers have supported the Australian-led Uruzgan Provincial Reconstruction Team to coordinate district-level stabilisation and development efforts since July 2011.
  • They have assisted Afghan government officials to plan and deliver essential services to the community and worked with whole-of-government partners and other donors to deliver key development programs in health, education, infrastructure, and agriculture at the district level.

Read more about the Afghanistan Stabilisation Advisers deployment

Afghanistan, Bagram Air Force Base—Justice Advisers (August 2012 – June 2014)

  • Three law and justice specialists have been working with the Justice Centre for Parwan since August 2012 to help train and mentor Afghan legal professionals toward a functioning, fair and transparent legal process with the capacity to administer justice.

Read more about the Afghanistan Justice Advisers deployment

Thailand—Humanitarian Coordinator (August 2012–June 2014)

  • The ACC Humanitarian Coordinator has significantly increased Australia’s monitoring of assistance provided to refugees along the Thai-Myanmar border.
  • She has conducted regular field visits to the refugee camps, to partners and key stakeholders and has also contributed to the development of a strategy for humanitarian funding for refugees in the region.

Read more about the Humanitarian Coordinator deployment

Sierra Leone—Peacebuilding Adviser (March 2012 – March 2014)

  • The ACC Peacebuilding Adviser has enhanced Australia’s bilateral engagement within the region.
  • This work has promoted stabilisation, strengthened Australia’s reputation as a good international citizen and helped establish a substantial network of contacts with the governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia, and with partner agencies, including multilateral and bilateral organisations and civil society groups.

Read more about the Peacebuilding Adviser deployment

Completed deployments

Papua New Guinea—Electoral support (March 2012 – July 2012)

  • Twenty-three ACC specialists provided surge capability in logistics, transportation coordination and elections to help deliver the PNG general elections in 2012.

Read more about the PNG electoral support deployment

Fiji—Human resource management and election specialists (June 2012–September 2012)

  • Two ACC specialists provided technical support to the Fiji Electoral Office to develop and implement an effective electronic voter registration process.

Read more about the human resource management and election specialists deployment

South Sudan—Stabilisation Advisers (July 2011 – December 2011)

  • Worked with the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) to identify priority stabilisation and reconstruction needs and local actors in support of conflict management objectives.

Haiti—Donor Liaison (April 2011 – March 2012)

  • The ACC specialist worked with the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission to strengthen the effectiveness of donor assistance as part of the earthquake recovery effort.

ACC deployment map

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The Australian Civilian Corps has deployed specialists across the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Find out more about where the ACC works


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The Australian Civilian Corps capability supports an effective Australian response to the challenges of security and its interface with recovery and development. It is an important Australian option to establish, enhance and deepen the conditions and pathways for sustainable development. It draws on the experience and skills of civilian specialists in stabilisation, recovery and development planning to maximise the effectiveness of Australia’s international contribution. The ACC initiative contributes to the efficient and effective delivery of Australian assistance by making greater use of the skills and expertise existing in the Australian community.

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Last reviewed: 22 January, 2014