Training Courses
Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies (HLE)

Logistics is at the heart of all emergency operations.

It encompasses the movement of goods and equipment, the relocation of disaster-affected people, transfer of casualties and the movement of aid and relief workers and volunteers. Approximately 60-70% of funding in each emergency is spent on logistics, highlighting the need for effective and efficient systems. Providing humanitarian logistics training to local emergency response workers is an effective part of disaster preparedness planning. If you are looking to build a career in the humanitarian sector, logistics is an in-demand skill.

If you require this course to be tailored for your organisation, please visit Customised Training page for more information.

03 Aug - 07 Aug 2020
Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441
601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC 3441

Degree of Difficulty

This is a full five-day intensive residential course and includes both indoor and outdoor activities, therefore please ensure you are fit and well to gain the most from your training experience.

This highly practical course provides an overview of logistics in humanitarian emergency operations. The course equips and refreshes individuals with the background and knowledge to apply logistics skills through a combination of on-site visits, exercises and scenarios.


Who is this Course for?

This course is an introduction to humanitarian logistics and is suited to a wide audience. Experienced logisticians will benefit from the broader application of logistics to a humanitarian setting such as natural disasters, conflict and refugee situations, building a knowledge bridge for deployment to humanitarian operations. It is also ideal for anyone involved or interested in working or volunteering in the humanitarian field to gain an understanding of this critical area of humanitarian work and would suit those interested in building a career in the sector. Training local emergency response workers in humanitarian logistics is an effective disaster preparedness strategy.

The course is in English and participants require a reasonable proficiency.


Learning Objectives

Aims and Objectives

The course focuses on the importance of logistics in the provision of aid to disaster survivors as well as its role in carrying out other disaster management operational activities. It examines the design of logistics systems and the importance of coordination in carrying out logistics operations efficiently and effectively.

Course Objectives

  • examine the humanitarian logistics system and the activities involved in a logistics operation
  • understand logistics processes
  • assess the sharing of information, tools and resources of an effective networking / collaboration between humanitarian agencies

Course Outline

  • Essential Calculations
  • Principles of Logistics
  • Communication Protocols
  • Logistics Capacity Assessment
  • Cooperation
  • Cross Cutting Issues
  • Emerging Trends/Cash
  • Clusters & Information Management
  • Storage, Warehousing & Stock Control
  • Procurement & Contracts
  • Staff Management
  • Logistics Operations
  • Transport
  • Fleet Management
  • Air Ops and Maritime
  • Introduction to Medical & Cold Chain
  • Airport Logistics
  • Introduction to Customs & Importation
  • Distribution


Course Fees

Full Rate: $2,850 AUD Reduced Rate: $2,600 AUD

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials.

If you currently work for an NGO or are a member of the RedR Australia humanitarian roster (please supply your membership number), you are eligible for the reduced rate.

Unless otherwise stated, all courses are residential and course fees are inclusive of meals, accommodation, training and materials, but not transport to and from the venue. Course fees are in Australian dollars. A non-refundable deposit of $400 (AUD) is payable at the time of enrolment to secure your place on a course. This payment must be made via credit card through our secure payment facility.

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees.


Essential Course Information

Training Times

Registration takes place from 9:00am on the first day of all courses. To receive your course certificate you must complete the entire course.


Please arrange your own travel to and from our training venues. Travel insurance is recommended for all applicants and is mandatory for international participants.

Pre-course Learning

It is strongly recommended that all participants complete the prescribed reading prior to the course. Pre-reading will be sent to registered participants two weeks prior to the course.

Please refer to your course orientation guide, received upon enrolment, for more detailed essential course information.


The Training Team

Our trainers have extensive experience in complex emergencies and natural disasters in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Asia Pacific.