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Volunteering Australia


Suite 2, Level 3 11 Queens Road, Melbourne Victoria Australia


Australia 3004



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Phone: 03 9820 4100



Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community.

About us

Volunteering Australia's role is to represent the diverse views and needs of the volunteer sector, while promoting the activity of volunteering as one of enduring social, cultural and economic value.

Volunteering Australia fulfils its peak body role by:

  • Providing a national service for recruitment and deployment of volunteers including assisting with the management of spontaneous volunteers in national emergency response situations;
  • providing sound policy advice on matters relating to volunteering;
  • providing a national focus for the promotion of volunteering and its principles;
  • establishing co-operative relationships with key national and international volunteering organisations;
  • encouraging the pursuit of excellence in volunteer management; and
  • consulting with stakeholders to ensure proper representation of the volunteering sector.

Products and services

Examples of work

In carrying out our work as the national peak body for volunteering, we undertake a range of activities and projects that are in accordance with our strategic objectives. Many of our activities and projects span more than one of our key result areas.

Direct Service Delivery

Volunteering Australia provides a range of services to recruit and link volunteers with opportunities. A significant proportion of both general and skilled volunteering jobs assist those in most need in our community through community welfare, health and ageing, justice and emergency services sectors. Volunteer opportunities listed with Volunteering Australia also assist in areas as diverse as sport, conservation, tourism and the Arts.
In times of national emergency response this service is also utilised to manage the registration and deployment of spontaneous volunteers.

Policy Advice

Volunteering Australia works to influence public policy at the national level and highlight the impacts that public policy has on volunteering. We received funding from the Australian Government under the National Secretariat Program to provide Government with sound policy advice on volunteering issues.

Our advocacy work includes making submissions to government inquiries on legislative and policy matters and sitting on key forums such as the National Roundtable for Nonprofit Organisations, the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum (AEMVF), and the Corporate Volunteering Forum. For information on these please contact us.

Our policy advice is developed by consulting with our stakeholders, drawing on our existing body of knowledge, and research.

We aim to advance and encourage research into volunteering in Australia and develop an ethos of inquiry that will aid the development of methodologies and understandings of volunteering practices, to assist in building the long-term sustainability of volunteering.

While generally not able to fund research directly, we build relationships with social scientists and other researchers throughout Australia in order to encourage and facilitate research into volunteering. We hold events such as the National Volunteering Research Symposium to foster these relationships.

We have developed, and maintain, a database of researchers to assist in locating researchers on volunteering and promoting research activity that is underway.

We promote volunteering research through our online journal the Australian Journal on Volunteering and we assist researchers undertaking a program of research, and practitioners to access completed research, through access to the Volunteering Australia Library.

Promotion of Volunteering

We offer a national focal point for the promotion of volunteering and its principles in order to encourage volunteering, recognise the contribution that volunteers make to the community and celebrate the contribution of individuals.

We take a lead role each year in promoting the aims of National Volunteer Week and International Volunteer Day.

Our national volunteer recruitment website GoVolunteer is a free resource to assist both not for profit organisations and volunteers to find the best possible match with one another. This is Australia’s first, and most popular, national volunteer recruitment website and was developed through our partnership with SEEK Communications and The Boston Consulting Group.

We have developed, and maintain, national databases on volunteering events and awards for volunteers or volunteer involving organisations.

We have established The Volunteer Trust to raise funds to support Australian volunteer projects. We are currently working to build the endowment of the trust so that funds can be distributed in the future. We helped to establish Comic Relief Australia and distribute funds raised by Comic Relief Australia to volunteer organisations within Australia.

We communicate information about volunteering and our activities to all interested stakeholders, whether not for profit, government, business, academia or the media, through this website, our e-newsletter Involve and our media centre.

Best Practice

We seek to encourage organisations to adopt best practice in the involvement of volunteers to ensure that volunteers are able to contribute effectively to the goals of organisations and have a positive volunteering experience.

We have developed and promote a number of foundation documents that set down the principles of best practice, including the National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit Organisations to organisations.

Through our work in the area of corporate volunteering we work with companies and not for profit organisations to find the best ways to harness the interests and energies of employees in companies who want to volunteer.

We provide a national support service to organisations running the Volunteer Management Program which is an Australian Government program aimed at supporting the management of volunteers.

We develop publications and skills and training resources to support organisations to more effectively involve and manage volunteers.

Skills and Training

We develop and promote resources for volunteers to assist with skills development and tools and resources for managers and trainers to assist in training and developing volunteers.

We do this through the National Volunteer Skills Centre (NVSC) project which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs.

We have developed, and maintain, a database to assist organisations to locate trainers on volunteering and a training calendar to assist managers and volunteers find out what training is available.

Related news

Monday, 23rd May 2022

A new survey reveals that volunteer numbers have dropped in Australia since COVID, as work gets underway on the first national strategy…Read more

Monday, 16th May 2022

National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge freely given effort, but the nature of volunteering is evolving, writes…Read more

Monday, 6th December 2021

As International Volunteer Day is celebrated, Mark Pearce highlights new research revealing the profound experiences of volunteering…Read more

Monday, 1st November 2021

Volunteering Australia will lead the development of a national strategy to identify current problems in the volunteering sector…Read more

Tuesday, 14th September 2021

“It is time we support volunteers and ensure they are all protected from workplace sexual harassment.”  Under new changes to the Sex…Read more

Monday, 24th May 2021

As the CEO of Volunteering Australia, Mark Pearce is on a mission to highlight the work of  volunteers in the country, and see the sector…Read more

Tuesday, 18th May 2021

National Volunteer Week 2021 challenges us to think imaginatively about a tomorrow in which volunteering can thrive, as we celebrate…Read more

Thursday, 4th March 2021

We speak to Volunteering Australia on how you can do the most as a volunteer Corporate volunteering is a great way to not only help charities…Read more

Monday, 1st March 2021

A new online hub features 350 resources including videos, templates, guides, research, and factsheets for volunteer managers Volunteering…Read more

Tuesday, 16th February 2021

Volunteering advocates say a national volunteering strategy is desperately needed Australian organisations are struggling to…Read more

Tuesday, 16th February 2021

While 2020 bore witness to a hastening of the effects of some key long-term structural trends in volunteering, 2021 affords us a chance…Read more

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

Volunteering Australia CEO Mark Pearce considers the structural issues facing volunteering in light of the challenges we’ve seen…Read more

Tuesday, 24th November 2020

It’s hoped the partnership will drive a rethink of the value of volunteering in Australia With the outbreak of COVID-19 closing a door…Read more

Wednesday, 4th November 2020

A new report says if volunteers are not sufficiently prepared and trained in disaster situations, they may hamper recovery efforts. …Read more

Thursday, 11th June 2020

“I think that as a sector, we are valuing volunteer contributions more and more… we’re expanding our view and recognising the…Read more

Wednesday, 20th May 2020

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, it is hard not to focus on the current situation and the profound impact it is having on volunteering,…Read more

Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Volunteering Australia says the bushfire crisis has raised important issues about the nature of the nation’s volunteer workforce                                                                                                               …Read more

Thursday, 28th November 2019

The National Volunteering Conference 2020 is a not-to-be-missed biennial opportunity to reach out, connect and share ideas with…Read more

Friday, 19th July 2019

The time corporates spend volunteering has not seen significant growth over the past decade despite increasing recognition of the…Read more

Wednesday, 29th May 2019

Australia’s refugee and migrant communities are embracing volunteering as a way to combat feelings of isolation, despite many organisations…Read more

Thursday, 23rd May 2019

To mark National Volunteer Week, Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone explains the need for improved data collection that…Read more

Wednesday, 1st May 2019

The volunteering sector has received a pre-election funding gift from the federal government worth almost $500,000. Social Services…Read more

Tuesday, 30th April 2019

It is time for our political leaders to recognise the varying skills, abilities and value of Australia’s diverse volunteering community…Read more

Friday, 1st March 2019

Australian volunteers are feeling unprotected at work because of gaps in the law that leave them vulnerable to sexual harassment,…Read more

Thursday, 17th January 2019

This year marks 30 years since volunteering was formally recognised during National Volunteer Week. It’s time to turn our attention…Read more

Monday, 26th November 2018

Charities are campaigning to fix gaps in Australian workplace laws that are leaving volunteers vulnerable to sexual harassment.…Read more

Monday, 1st October 2018

Misinformation and confusion about changes to participation requirements for welfare recipients is causing anxiety and concern…Read more

Thursday, 19th July 2018

Volunteering Australia is urging people to complete its anonymous online survey to help optimise its role as the national peak body…Read more

Thursday, 7th June 2018

Volunteers and the organisations that support them are the lifeblood of the Australian community, writes Volunteering Australia…Read more

Friday, 25th May 2018

Charity legal service Justice Connect will use a $250,000 government grant to produce a National Guide for Volunteering, containing…Read more

Thursday, 29th March 2018

Millennials and Gen Z are the demographic most likely to volunteer with a community organisation, according to new research. A report,…Read more

Monday, 26th March 2018

A consultation on volunteering data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found that statistics on informal volunteering…Read more

Monday, 5th February 2018

2018 will be a busy year for the volunteering sector, writes Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone, as part of a series of 2018…Read more

Tuesday, 5th December 2017

In the face of a national decrease in formal volunteer participation, coupled with an increase in the demand for services that volunteers…Read more

Wednesday, 15th November 2017

Volunteering can improve educational outcomes for young people and should be embedded in the Australian curriculum, according to…Read more

Wednesday, 13th September 2017

The push to stop Australians supporting and volunteering at overseas orphanages is gathering momentum, after a major volunteer travel…Read more

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Peak Body Volunteering Australia wants the role of volunteers to be fully acknowledged in new legislation aimed at protecting people…Read more

Friday, 14th July 2017

The not-for-profit sector has welcomed the reinstatement of “essential” funding to volunteer management after a hard fought public…Read more

Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Volunteer Support Services are calling on the federal government to “immediately reinstate” $5.7 million back to the Volunteer Management…Read more

Wednesday, 28th June 2017

The 2016 Census has revealed that Australians are still engaged and committed to volunteering activities, as well as highlighting…Read more

Wednesday, 10th May 2017

The government has shown a “total disregard” for the contribution that volunteers make to the community, according to the sector peak…Read more

Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Volunteering Australia and the state and territory peak bodies have called on the not-for-profit sector to sign a petition to the Senate…Read more

Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Representatives from Australia’s volunteer management sector converged on Canberra on Tuesday to appeal to the government to restore…Read more

Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Volunteering Australia has warned that the dismantling of the Strengthening Communities grants and the introduction of the Strong…Read more

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

The federal government needs to increase its funding of and recognition for Australia’s multi-billion dollar volunteering sector,…Read more

Thursday, 22nd December 2016

Tasmania’s peak body for volunteering has appointed a new CEO following the departure of Adrienne Picone who is taking the helm as the…Read more

Thursday, 1st December 2016

Volunteers are more generous with their dollars as well as with their time, according to new research. The Giving Australia 2016 projectRead more

Thursday, 27th October 2016

Volunteering Australia (VA) has appointed Volunteering Tasmanian chief Adrienne Picone as the new chief executive officer for the…Read more

Thursday, 20th October 2016

Volunteering Australia (VA) has secured Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) as its new chief patron. VA president Tim…Read more

Tuesday, 6th September 2016

Volunteering is the heart and soul of society says Volunteering Australia CEO Brett Williamson OAM who has announced he is set to stand…Read more

Thursday, 16th June 2016

Peak body, Volunteering Australia has launched its federal election platform called Vote for Volunteering, calling on candidates…Read more

Thursday, 9th June 2016

The Labor Party’s election promises to scrap the Coalition’s community grants program and to forge a closer relationship with the…Read more

Tuesday, 10th May 2016

More than $2 million will be invested on initiatives to recruit, support and recognise volunteers in NSW, as part of a new four-year…Read more

Wednesday, 4th May 2016

The federal budget has delivered a $12 million funding blow to a major government volunteer program which is set to weaken an already…Read more

Wednesday, 6th April 2016

Volunteering Australia’s bi-annual national conference kicks of in Canberra, and CEO Brett Williamson outlines the future road…Read more

Monday, 14th December 2015

Australian organisations can now access an online tool to assess whether or not they are meeting the new national standards for volunteering.…Read more

Thursday, 6th August 2015

New research into how and why Queenslanders volunteer may be key to combatting the decline of people who volunteer regularly, according…Read more

Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Businesses have welcomed their inclusion into the new Australian definition of volunteering, released by national peak body Volunteering…Read more

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

New ABS data shows volunteering rates in Australia are declining for the first time in almost 20 years with 75 per cent of people surveyed…Read more

Tuesday, 12th May 2015

Significant changes to national volunteering standards have been introduced to coincide with National Volunteer Week, and include…Read more

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Volunteering Australia is reviewing the definition of volunteering in Australia and has proposed three alternatives for discussion…Read more

Thursday, 25th September 2014

The future of the national volunteering peak body remains in doubt, with no future funding commitments and a lack evidence-based data…Read more

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

The volunteering sector must review, and possibly change, its definition of the word volunteering or risk being left behind by the…Read more

Thursday, 18th September 2014

There’s a global need to maximise the impact of volunteering, the World President of the International Association for Volunteer…Read more

Thursday, 5th June 2014

Volunteering Australia has announced a new Board President amid ongoing uncertainty about the peak body’s future funding…Read more

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Australian organisers hosting the World Volunteer Conference in September have resorted to crowdfunding to raise additional money…Read more

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

As Australia celebrates the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week peak body, Volunteering Australia says it’s time…Read more

Tuesday, 13th May 2014

As National Volunteer Week enters its 25th year, Brett Williamson OAM, CEO Volunteering Australia, looks at how volunteering has…Read more

Tuesday, 22nd April 2014

Volunteering is an act of choice – not an act of benevolence, writes Volunteering Australia patron Margaret Bell AM in this Hot…Read more

Thursday, 10th April 2014

  Brett Williamson. Sue Noble. If Australia wants to foster a civil society and mutuality, it must develop and promote a thriving…Read more

Thursday, 27th March 2014

The Not for Profit sector has been thrown a lifeline to again make its case to save the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.…Read more

Thursday, 27th February 2014

Ongoing funding for Australia’s national and state volunteer peak bodies is set to end on June 30 without any future funding…Read more

Tuesday, 10th September 2013

The scope and definition of ‘volunteering’ was hotly debated in a panel discussion during the final day of the National…Read more

Thursday, 5th September 2013

Volunteering Australia has unveiled its new brand only weeks after appointing Brett Williamson as new CEO at the National Conference…Read more

Wednesday, 4th September 2013

The outspoken CEO of the UK’s Directory of Social Change has urged the Australian Not for Profit sector to avoid the mistakes…Read more

Thursday, 15th August 2013

The CEO of the UK’s Directory of Social Change, Debra Allcock-Tyler will be a guest speaker at the upcoming National Conference…Read more

Thursday, 25th July 2013

Volunteering Australia wants Not for Profits from across the country to design a poster that promotes the essence of volunteering.…Read more

Friday, 7th June 2013

Re-establishing peak body, Volunteering Australia has begun the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to be based in Canberra.…Read more

Thursday, 4th April 2013

The 2013 theme for National Volunteer Week – 'Thanks A Million' – is set to recognise and thank Australia’s…Read more

Thursday, 28th March 2013

The International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE) has officially launched the new World Volunteering Conference 2014 website,…Read more

Monday, 4th February 2013

Volunteering Australia and the peak state volunteering bodies are recruiting every-day volunteers to appear in this year’s…Read more

Thursday, 24th January 2013

Organisers of the 15th National Conference on Volunteering to be held in South Australia in September are calling for abstract submissions.…Read more

Wednesday, 2nd January 2013

Australia is to be the host country for the 23rd International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference…Read more

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

  The former boss of Volunteering Australia Cary Pedicini has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the children’s…Read more

Thursday, 29th November 2012

The nation’s peak volunteer organisation Volunteering Australia has held its first Annual General Meeting under its new constitution,…Read more

Monday, 17th September 2012

Newly establishing peak body, Volunteering Australia has announced a new Acting Chief Executive who has a strong history of involvement…Read more

Thursday, 13th September 2012

Photo: A reinvented national volunteering peak body, Volunteering Australia, could take up to 12 months to re-establish…Read more

Tuesday, 24th July 2012

Volunteering Tasmania (VT) has broken away from the national volunteering body to release a new set of principles to redefine what…Read more

Tuesday, 19th June 2012

Volunteering WA will be assuming responsibility for the administration and support of GoVolunteer – a volunteer recruitment…Read more

Friday, 1st June 2012

The country’s peak volunteering body, Volunteering Australia, will close the doors of its Melbourne office at the end of June…Read more

Tuesday, 15th May 2012

The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, and her husband Mr Bryce, volunteered at the St Vinnie's Fitzroy soup van in Melbourne…Read more

Tuesday, 1st May 2012

The Board of the nation's peak volunteering organisation, Volunteering Australia has taken the decision to relocate its headquarters…Read more

Wednesday, 21st March 2012

  Photo courtesy Good Friday Appeal While Australian volunteers find their experience extremely satisfying, more are needed,…Read more

Thursday, 1st March 2012

Corporate volunteering is not being fully tapped, despite Not for Profit organisations and companies being able to see its value,…Read more

Thursday, 23rd February 2012

Funding for Volunteering Australia and state and territory peak bodies will be amalgamated into a new National Project Fund under…Read more

Friday, 3rd February 2012

Joint Federal and State workers compensation organisation, Safe Work Australia, has launched a new volunteer assistance package…Read more

Friday, 3rd February 2012

Australian Not for Profits are being given the opportunity to source a full-time employee to assist in the growth of their charity for…Read more

Monday, 23rd January 2012

The Not for Profit community and the Federal Government have made agreements on a number of issues surrounding the new Work Health and…Read more

Thursday, 19th January 2012

Safe Work Australia, the government authority managing the implementation of the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws, has expressed…Read more

Tuesday, 29th November 2011

A new program which aims to get young Australians volunteering in their local communities and in the Asia-Pacific region hopes to have…Read more

Tuesday, 29th November 2011

Volunteerism is a renewable global resource that must play a crucial role in building a sustainable future for the world, Donna Keher,…Read more

Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

In the wake of last summer’s floods in Queensland – where twitter became a powerful resource…Read more

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

Volunteering Australia has launched its annual survey of volunteering which aims to gauge the issues facing Australian volunteers,…Read more

Tuesday, 20th September 2011

With 18 workshops and 54 presentations, the three-day National Conference on Volunteering 2011 promises to provide a wealth of information,…Read more

Thursday, 1st September 2011

As part of a major initiative of IYV+10, Volunteering Australia in collaboration with SEEK is to launch a new GoVolunteer service.…Read more

Thursday, 11th August 2011

Volunteering Australia has been forced to change the date and location of its National Conference due to flood-related problems affecting…Read more

Thursday, 16th June 2011

Less than twelve months after the largest volunteering effort in Queensland’s history, Brisbane is set to hold Volunteering…Read more

Thursday, 26th May 2011

A new report on engaging young people in volunteering in Tasmania has called for organisations to embrace websites and social networking.…Read more

Thursday, 12th May 2011

Volunteering Australia has called on the Federal Government to assure the voluntary sector that it will be supported to meet the increasing…Read more

Thursday, 17th February 2011

The Australian Not for Profit sector has taken part in the launch of Australia’s involvement in the 2011 International Year…Read more

Monday, 6th December 2010

People who volunteer feel an increased sense of belonging to their community, and a significant proportion of volunteers say volunteering…Read more

Friday, 5th November 2010

Volunteering Australia is calling for input to the National Survey on Volunteering Issues. The annual National Survey of Volunteering…Read more

Thursday, 4th November 2010

Pro Bono Australia’s push to engage delegates from the National Conference on Volunteering on twitter has had great success.…Read more

Thursday, 28th October 2010

The focus of peak volunteering bodies needs to move away from brokerage and towards information sharing and capacity building, according…Read more

Wednesday, 27th October 2010

Aging Baby Boomers will create a golden age of volunteering over the next decade, according to demographer Bernard Salt. But Salt says…Read more

Wednesday, 27th October 2010

Volunteerism has been placed at the centre of the Gillard Government’s policy agenda and elevated to the office of the Prime…Read more

Tuesday, 12th October 2010

One of volunteering’s biggest growth markets, corporate volunteering will be a major topic at this year's Volunteering…Read more

Thursday, 19th August 2010

Volunteering Australia says any plan to set up a volunteer scheme to allow university students to offset some of their HECS debt needs…Read more

Wednesday, 4th August 2010

What does the modern volunteer look like? The upcoming Volunteering Australia National Conference will examine the modern volunteer…Read more

Thursday, 8th July 2010

Research figures from a private consultancy for the South Australian Government has put the State's volunteering figures at…Read more

Friday, 14th May 2010

Three out of four community organisations in Australia need more volunteers, a problem which is beginning to impact on many organisations’…Read more

Thursday, 18th March 2010

Volunteering Australia has put out a call for abstracts for the 13th National Conference on Volunteering to be held from 27-29 October…Read more

Tuesday, 22nd December 2009

 The current funding was due to expire for the national peak body at the end of December with the announcement of new funding from…Read more

Tuesday, 8th December 2009

The 2009 online survey of more than 2000 volunteers, 1400 organisations and 33 businesses is the largest volunteering survey carried…Read more


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