The Centre for Volunteering is the peak body for volunteering in New South Wales. We promote and support volunteering and community participation.

The Centre for Volunteering includes Volunteering NSW, a state wide volunteer referral service, and the National School of Volunteer Management (SVM), a registered training organisation providing professional development and nationally accredited volunteering qualifications.

The Centre for Volunteering is a not-for-profit organisation with over 45 years’ history. We provide leadership on volunteering issues in NSW and connect people and organisations to enrich the community. The Centre has a lead role in advocacy, volunteering support services and sector development.

We work for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations, to enhance volunteering, to benefit individual volunteers, and to build strong resilient connected communities through volunteering.

The Centre advocates for volunteering organisations and the more than 2 million volunteers in NSW, and provides services for its members. Members are mainly not-for-profit organisations, large and small, across all sectors. The Centre also works with government and corporate organisations on Corporate Social Responsibility and employee volunteering programs. We reach thousands of individuals and organisations involved in the volunteering sector through our recognition program and traditional communication channels.

Our Values

The Centre for Volunteering provides thought leadership and models best practice in volunteer management for volunteer-involving organisations in the sector and the wider community.

The Centre for Volunteering works as a team/values teamwork and seeks opportunities to partner with stakeholders and external organisations for beneficial outcomes in volunteering which benefit the sector and wider community.

The Centre for Volunteering acts in the best interest of its stakeholders; honours its commitments and is accountable for its actions to maintain its reputation as a trustworthy and sustainable organisation.

The Centre for Volunteering acknowledges different ideas and perspectives and embraces diversity; it recognises and values the contribution of others and treats everybody with dignity.

The Centre for Volunteering values diversity, equality and equity, cooperativeness, participation, community, and sustainability as fundamental for successful inclusive communities.

To learn more about the Centre for Volunteering and the services on offer, click on the image below:


Click Here to view our constitution.

Our constitution was endorsed at the 28th October 2009 Annual General Meeting.

Deductible Gift Receipient

Our operations are funded by a range of sources including State and Federal Government funding, membership fees, partnerships and donations. As such, we are a ‘Deductible Gift Recipient” as endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office and eligible to receive:

  • tax deductible gifts, such as financial donations, and
  • tax deductible contributions, such as the purchase of a ticket to attend a fundraising event

The Centre for Volunteering acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.