From large charities and foundations, to small community organisations and sports clubs, The Centre is helping over thousands of not-for-profit organisations access the benefits of volunteering.

Learn how The Centre can help you find volunteers.

There are a number of ways we can help you recruit volunteers
The Volunteer Referral Service

Our Volunteer Referral Service (VRS) is staffed by highly experienced interviewers and we will undertake the first stage of the volunteer referral process for your organisation.

The most time-consuming issues that members encounter when conducting internal volunteer recruitment are the number of unsuitable and unqualified people who apply, and the time needed to review applications and perform first-round interviews. This is where we can help.

Let us know what volunteer jobs you need filled by completing the online Volunteer Job Advertisement Form. Please fill out a new form for each new job, make sure that your organisation’s insurances are up to date and that you have good processes in place to respond to potential volunteer enquiries.

Please find below further information about the VRS – volunteer referral process:

  1. Where The Centre advertises
    We advertise your volunteer job/s in our jobs database and on GoVolunteer and Seek Volunteer to ensure maximum exposure of your volunteer jobs.
  2. Referring volunteers
    We interview people when they express interest in your volunteer job/s and refer suitable volunteers for each volunteer position listed with the VRS. Please note that the more information that you provide on your job description, the better our referrals will be. We then refer individuals to your organisation via an email to the contact person for each volunteer role and the email provides brief contact details (full name, phone number and email address) and the position they are interested in.
  3. Your organisation is responsible for following up and contacting prospective volunteers
    It is the organisation’s responsibility to make contact with the potential volunteer/s in order to confirm the volunteer’s interest and provide extra details about the volunteer job. Please respond to all enquiries you receive from potential volunteers. Even if the position is filled, please let them know of the current status – perhaps you may have another position that they may want to volunteer for.
  4. When a volunteer position has been filled
    As soon as each of your volunteer jobs has been filled, you need to let us know so we can suspend the job from our system. (Otherwise, we will keep referring volunteers to you and this will often disappoint the potential volunteer – let them know that they can contact the VRS again for another interview).
  5. Changes to your volunteer manager’s contact details
    You need to advise us of any change to your contact details, such as phone/fax number, email, address and names of any new contact staff. Then we can update this information in our database and give the right information to the prospective volunteers.
  6. Visiting The Centre
    You are welcome to visit The Centre, where we can demonstrate how the volunteer referral service operates.
  7. Sending us feedback
    We will monitor any suggestions you have to help us improve our services.
  8. Find out more
    Read about our other member benefits and services or phone The Centre for Volunteering on 02 9261 3600 for more information.

Download The Volunteer Referral Service Tip Sheet

The Skilled Volunteer Weekly Alert

What is the Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert?

The Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert connects not-for-profit organisations looking to recruit volunteers for short-term or long-term positions with skilled, experienced volunteers.

The Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert has three simultaneous ways of advertising skilled volunteer positions:

  1. Advertised in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Help Desk column on the inside back page of the News Review section on Saturdays and on the inside back page of the main news section on Mondays. Help Desk advertises five volunteer positions every Monday and three on Saturdays.
  2. Published on the website’s current volunteer jobs every Monday.
  3. Emailed to volunteers every Monday in the Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert.

Who can use the Alert?

Organisations using the Alert need to be members of The Centre for Volunteering. Find out more about the wide variety of benefits and services available to members of The Centre. You may be surprised at how little it costs to be a member.

What types of volunteer jobs can I advertise in the Alert?

We focus on volunteer jobs that are:

  • Professional volunteer jobs
    Professional volunteer jobs require a university degree and/or recognised professional qualification and include medical practitioners, lawyers, accountants, auditors, teachers, nurses etc.
  • Senior management volunteer jobs
    Senior management jobs require senior management experience in the private and/or public sectors. They include (but not limited to) board members, directors, partners, principles, senior managers, management consultants etc.
  • Technical or trade volunteer jobs
    These jobs require either a recognised trade qualification such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanic etc or other technical or trade positions requiring training and experience, including IT (i.e. non university degree).
  • Specialist volunteer jobs
    This category covers other jobs requiring a qualification or special experience or training including language tutors, sporting coaches, music teachers etc. Specialist jobs may also include jobs which do not require a qualification, but may require special personal attributes or experience.
  • Urgent or critical volunteer jobs
    Urgent or critical jobs are those which are essential to the successful functioning of an organisation or event.
  • Unique, interesting, or unusual volunteer jobs
    Unique, interesting, or unusual volunteer jobs have included overseas jobs (eg in developing countries) which will benefit the local community. They are unusual or different by nature. These jobs are of great value to our target audience of The Sydney Morning Heraldand have always been very successful.

What kind of jobs aren’t suitable for the Alert?

The Alert is not always able to advertise all the requests for positions it receives. However, any position can be advertised through The Centre for Volunteering’s volunteer referral service which advertises jobs on The Centre’s website, Seek Volunteer and GoVolunteer. As people express interest in your job our referral service interviews them and identifies suitable volunteers who we refer onto your organisation.

How are jobs selected for the Alert?

Our weekly selection process of volunteer jobs for the Alert is based on a number of factors:

  • Job type – first priority is given to skilled, professional and urgent jobs.
  • Space availability in column.
  • The need to provide as many organisations as possible with the opportunity to use the Alert on a regular basis.
  • The need to feature a variety of job types and organisations.
  • The Centre’s policy to assist as many organisations as possible in successfully filling their volunteer jobs through the Alert on a regular basis.
  • Helpdesk in the Sydney Morning Herald