Training Courses
Humanitarian Logistics in Emergencies (HLE)

Logistics is at the heart of all emergency operations.

Logistics is a highly in-demand skill during a humanitarian crisis and this RedR training course will teach you what it takes to build a logistics career in the humanitarian sector. 

Humanitarian logistics encompasses moving goods and equipment, relocating disaster-affected people, transferring casualties and moving of aid, relief workers and volunteers. Around two-thirds of funding in each emergency is spent on logistics, highlighting the need for effective and efficient systems.

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 suits a wide audience.

Experienced logisticians will benefit from this training and 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 building their humanitarian career and wants to work or volunteer in the humanitarian sector - this course will give you the foundations to start a career in logistics.

The course is in English and you need to have a reasonable proficiency of the English language.

Find out if this course is right for you. Contact our training team for more information - [email protected] 

In addition to the Standard and Early Bird discounted course fee rates, RedR Australia offers a limited number of places on our courses to young Australians who aspire to a career in the humanitarian sector. To be eligible for the Young Humanitarian Professionals (YHP) rate you must:

  • Be at or under 31 years of age. 
  • Hold a post-graduate qualification in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian work
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Provide evidence to substantiate the above.
  • Note the above criteria only applies for the YHP Rate, otherwise, anyone can attend our training courses
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Victorian Emergency Management Institute (VEMI) , Mount Macedon, Victoria, Australia
Address: 601 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon, VIC 3441

Degree of Difficulty

This five-day, intensive, residential course includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Therefore, you need to be fit and well to gain the most from your training experience.

Our Training Team

Our highly experienced trainers deliver a unique and high quality training experience.

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

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 and Information Management
  • Storage, Warehousing and Stock Control
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Staff Management
  • Logistics Operations
  • Transport
  • Fleet Management
  • Air Ops and Maritime
  • Introduction to Medical and Cold Chain
  • Airport Logistics
  • Introduction to Customs and Importation
  • Distribution

Do you want us to tailor this training for your organisation? Visit our Customised Training page for more information.

Course Fees

Full rate: AUD $3,150
Early bird rates from: AUD $2,850

Inclusions: All food, accommodation and training materials for five days and four nights. Travel not included.

Course fees are in Australian dollars and can be paid in full via credit card through our secure payment facility. Organisations are able to request to receive an invoice. 

Further instructions regarding course logistics will be provided upon payment of course fees. Payment of full course fees is required prior to attendance.

Essential Course Information

Training Times

Registration takes place from 9am on the first day of the course. 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 you complete the prescribed reading and online module before course commencement. We will send you pre-reading approximately two weeks prior to the course.

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