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Get Involved

Active MAPS membership is only granted to accredited GIS professionals in the ACT region, who complete a membership application package, attend an initial Induction session, pass the Police check and a Working With Vulnerable People check and complete a six-month Probationary MAPS membership period. MAPS runs one recruitment drive per year on an ‘if needed’ basis to maintain around 50 active volunteers.

To register your interest in becoming a member, please complete the application kit and send it to  As places become available, we will be in contact regarding availability.

Membership Expectations

Volunteers are only expected to undertake training each year and to be on a rotating call roster. ESA hold a few dedicated training events per year for all members. It is highly recommended all members attempt to make at minimum two training events per year, but ESA and the supervisors understand and respect that this is not always possible due to personal or work commitments. Training is mostly provided in flexible times, during evenings and on weekends outside of normal work hours. There is no expectation volunteers will need to take time off work to conduct our training programs.

The rotating call roster is purely a mechanism to spread the ‘who to call first’ amongst all members. Members will only receive a call or email if or when an incident escalates to a point where extra personnel are required. Members may be placed on ‘active stand-by’ during major incidents or forecasts of total fire bans. Members will only be deployed if personal or work commitments allow.

Please note that deployment could mean that you are away from work and home for a number of days. If travel to emergencies is not possible for you, this is fine as we still need members to be available for local ACT emergencies.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the staff of the ESA Spatial Services section by calling 6207 8481 or email

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