Community volunteers: Risk and liabilities for community-led disaster response

People often put themselves on the line to spontaneously respond and help rescue others when disasters strike. However, such selfless and community-minded actions are not without risk.

In this webinar, pro bono lawyer Leanne Collingburn and law graduate Jacob Currie from HopgoodGanim will present their recent analysis about gaps in legal protection for ‘Good Samaritan’ community volunteers who respond to disasters in Queensland. The session will explain how community volunteers are legally unprotected and therefore at risk of personal liability. Caxton Legal Centre lawyer Jacqui Cavanagh will discuss the broader implications of this work for the community legal sector, and law reform needed to better protect Good Samaritans in light of a fast-approaching El Niño 2023/24 summer.    

This webinar will be of interest to anyone keen to increase their knowledge about legal protections for volunteers in disaster response. It will be aimed primarily at CLCs, but broader stakeholders from across the disaster management, community and social service sectors are warmly encouraged to attend.  

 This webinar is being offered as part of the Disaster Resilience and Capacity Building Project led by CLCQ, jointly funded by Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the Commonwealth government. 

Event Details

Date: November 1, 2023
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Community Legal Centres Queensland
Venue: Online
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