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

November 1, 2023, 1pm to 2pm
Hosted by: Community Legal Centres Queensland

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

In this webinar, pro bono partner Leanne Collingburn and law graduate Jacob Currie from Hopgood Ganim Lawyers 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 the present gaps in legislative protections, why this matters and recommend reforms. Caxton Legal Centre lawyer Jacqui Cavanagh will discuss the broader implications of responding to environmental disasters for the community legal sector, and how the community sector might better prepare in view of our upcoming 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.