Volunteering is unpaid work, usually for a not-for-profit organisation. This work benefits both the volunteer and the community and is based on roles that are not replacing paid workers.
Most volunteer positions are:
- less than 16 hours a week
- covered by insurance
- not a high risk activity.
Benefits to your career
Volunteering can be a valuable part of career planning by helping you to:
- strengthen your skills for work
- get work-related experience
- develop your professional network and make new friends
- show initiative and motivation to employers
- prepare for leadership roles.
For international students, volunteering is a good opportunity to practise your English, and to learn about Australian workplace culture:
- you usually don't need to have permanent residency to be a volunteer
- your visa may have restrictions on how many hours you can volunteer and work.
Find volunteer positions
Search not-for-profit organisation websites and online volunteering job boards for opportunities. You can also contact organisations and community centres directly.
- Volunteering at Monash (login) - your online volunteering job board and resource.
- Australian Volunteers International
- Go Volunteer
- Seek Volunteer
- The Australian Council for International Development
- The Oaktree Foundation
- Volunteering Victoria
- Pro Bono Volunteer match