Member Pathway FAQs


The membership team are committed to providing training opportunities that best match up to the skills and interests of our valued DRA members. We’re proud to announce we’ve finalised a new Member Pathway program.

There are 5 member pathways to choose from, ranging from getting out in the field to support and specialist roles. If you have multiple interests – great! You can choose more than one pathway.

By letting us know your preferences, we can better develop training to enhance your skill set and future employment opportunities.

Each of the pathways has defined capability aspects and selected training will be offered depending on the pathway/s you choose.

1. Strike Team Member (minimum deployment ready)
Strike Team Leader, Chainsaw Operations, Plant Operations, Fence Building, Drivers, Aerial Damage and Assessment (ADAT)

2. Field Leadership Member (minimum deployment ready)
Mission and Theatre Commanders, Operations and planning, Logistics, Safety, Spontaneous Volunteer Management

3. Organisational Leadership Member (minimum engagement ready)
DRT Managers, State Function Coordinators, Specialist Projects

4. Support Team Member (minimum engagement ready)
Medical and Welfare, Membership, Mobilisation, Information Technology, Administration and Finance, Human Resources

5. Community Team Member (minimum engagement ready)
Marketing and Communications, Community Engagement, Events and Recruitment, Fundraising, Media Capture and Processing

Member Pathway FAQ’S

Why do I have to choose a member pathway?

By providing meaningful, attractive pathways for both ‘deployment ready’ and ‘engagement ready’ members, not only those that are physically able to perform arduous field activities but an array of support and specialist roles, the Membership pathways will enable future training opportunities to be developed and presented according to a members’ skillsets and interests, enhancing their proficiencies and employability beyond DRA.  

In providing a structured pathway, DRA will not only benefit from a membership base with refined skillsets, but those members will more readily be able to utilise and translate their DRA experience to obtain external employment.   

The outcome of members selections will assist DRA to develop merit and competency-based pathways into field and organisational leadership roles for those with the intent, attitude and motivation, fostering creation of ‘talent’ pools for crucial roles within the organisation.  

Will the new pathway affect my training opportunities?
Members under the Strike Team Member and Field Leadership Member pathways, will be expected to be actively participating in DRA operations and projects, in order to progress within the pathway including through training opportunities.
Can I select more than one pathway?
To ensure the effectiveness of the program in accordance with members’ skillsets and interests, members will be able to select more than one pathway, but no more than 3.
Who can I contact if I need further information?

The membership team are contactable on 02 80 729 132 or

Can you change your pathway at a later date?

Yes, any member can change their pathway at any time as long as they fulfil the requirements of either deployment ready or engagement ready status in Muster

Do I need to change my Muster profile?
No, your response and preferences will be uploaded into Muster on your behalf, so long as you make sure to return your text message with your selected pathway/s.
Text messages will be sent requesting your member pathway selection in February.
Where can I see my pathway choice in Muster?
Your pathway selection will be under the new #Tab 5 in Muster
If my profile status changes or is put on hold what happens to my member pathway?
Your member pathway will remain the same unless you advise the membership team otherwise, however your ability to participate in specific activities may be affected if the opportunity requires members to be ‘Deployment Ready’ or Engagement Ready’, as is already the case for training, service projects and deployments.