Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.
A great way to contribute to your activity club and your community is through volunteer work
A recording of the Trends in volunteering: Insights from 2023 event is now available on the Volunteering Australia YouTube Channel. Please feel free to forward the link to anyone who may be interested in watching the session.
The report ‘Ongoing trends in volunteering in Australia’ is available on the ANU Centre for Social Research & Methods website.
For more information on the National Strategy for Volunteering and the research that helped inform the Strategy visit the National Strategy for Volunteering website.
For more information on the National Strategy for Volunteering, go to National Strategy for Volunteering website, and a recording of the webinar is now available on the Volunteering Australia YouTube Channel.
The following organisations provide opportunities to volunteer and in many cases would not be able to function effectively without volunteer help.
Outdoors and Outdoor Activities
Volunteer in Parks (QLD)
Volunteer in Parks (NT)
Girl Guides Queensland
Conservation Volunteers Australia
WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms)
BlazeAid (Helping Communities Rebuild After Natural Disasters)
Sport, Fitness and Recreation Volunteering
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
It’s important that you choose a volunteer role that matches your values, aspirations & meets your requirements.
Here are a few questions you should consider when applying for a volunteer role:
You & the organisation you volunteer with are responsible for making sure you’re safe & happy in your role
Volunteers have the right to:
Volunteers have a responsibility to:
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Reports and stories about volunteering at its best, and the people who make it happen!
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they have the heart
Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Explore the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.
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Welcome to Justice Connect’s e-learning module on volunteer recruitment. This 30 minute module will help you feel confident to fairly and safely recruit the volunteers you need to support your organisation. The module is broken into roughly three 10 minute sections that answer the three main questions to consider when recruiting volunteers. Read More
This app is designed for use by any incorporated not-for-profit organisation that engages volunteers, or plans to engage volunteers. It provides an overview of the key legal obligations that not-for-profit organisations have towards volunteers. It is a useful tool for committee members (or directors), volunteer managers as well as those who work with not-for-profit organisations that engage volunteers (such as peak bodies).
By “volunteering” we mean time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain. Read More
Data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 31 per cent of Australians volunteered with a not-for-profit organisation in 2014, down from 36 per cent in 2010. That is the first time voluntary work has fallen since recordkeeping began.
As volunteering faces a decline across Australia, the contribution of millennials may sometimes be overlooked, as a quiet online revolution happens among young people in regional communities.
Researchers from Curtin University in Western Australia have found that young people often participate in ad-hoc or “invisible” volunteering — meaning the community can not necessarily see them as they fly under the radar.
Volunteers are generally not motivated to start or continue volunteering because of financial incentives.
Their “payment” comes in other forms such as:
The laws surrounding volunteering can be complex, yet volunteers are an important resource to many, if not most, community organisations.
Volunteer involving organisations can ensure their relationship with volunteers is meaningful, and managed respectfully and safely, by understanding the legal issues relating to the engagement and management of volunteers
Not for Profit Law
The Queensland Government recognises the important role Volunteers play in local sport and recreation clubs and is pleased to partner with QFSR Skills Alliance to offer a number of online training opportunities through the Department’s Building Active Communities Workshops program.
All courses are self-paced and take between 2-3 hours to complete.
Search Australia’s largest database of volunteering opportunities!
GoVolunteer connects you to thousands of volunteer involving organisations all over the country, and is the ideal tool to help you find the perfect volunteer match. Simply create a profile and let GoVolunteer find roles for you. You can search, express interest, and shortlist opportunities.
Opportunities in your hand!
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Are you a not for profit that depends on volunteers to get the work done?
Does your organisation use volunteers to deliver your programmes?
There is a range of resources, advice and information available on the Internet to help you manage your volunteers more efficiently so that they are are happy and fulfilled, your clients are satisfied and you get the work completed in the best way possible
Volunteer Management on the Volunteering Queensland website offers a great collection of downloadable fact sheets, forms and checklists on a wide range of subjects – governance, leadership, building relationships with volunteers, events, fund
raising, speech making, technology and training
The Sport, Fitness & Recreation Volunteer Portal, is a resource to assist recreation organisations source volunteers, promote their events and advertise their volunteering opportunities.
For those who are managing volunteers there might be some useful hints from the Australian Association of Volunteer Managers, a professional association for individuals across all sections of the community who are involved with managing volunteer programs in Australasia.
WH&S and Volunteers. The information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.
As the peak body for volunteering in Queensland, we are working towards a world where everyone can make a difference.
Go to LINKKI (Volunteering Queensland) to find out how and where you can volunteer.
Resource Central offers a great collection of downloadable fact sheets, forms and checklists on a wide range of subjects – governance, leadership, building relationships with volunteers, events, fundraising, speech making, technology and training.
Subscribe to the Volunteering Queensland Newsletter
Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community.
Everyone has a right to be safe at work, including volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in communities across Australia and make significant contributions by carrying out unpaid work for a variety of organisations every day.
The information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.
Information and links for new volunteers, existing volunteers, volunteer managers and profiles of inspiring volunteers.
The state peak body solely dedicated to advancing volunteering for the economic, social, cultural & environmental well-being of Queensland. Includes links to qualifications
Nationally recognised qualifications
10 Commandments for Managers of Volunteers
Whilst there are plenty of ideas for having an effective and healthy volunteer program, Volunteering Queensland has put together a list of the ones they consider imperative for a truly successful program that is adaptable to most community organisations.
Here are 10 commandments, and whist they are not set in stone, we challenge you to think about them and share with your colleagues.
There are many more volunteering opportunities and training around Queensland
Email us your suggestions!