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The Centre for Volunteering (The Centre) is a not-for-profit organisation with almost 50 years’ experience providing leadership on volunteering in NSW. This involves playing a key role in advocacy, support services and sector development.

Our volunteering programmes offers a range of resources, training, workshops and events which benefit both individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. This includes best practice support services Volunteer Manager Help Desk and Knowledge Base, and National School of Volunteer Management [RTO code 90031], a registered training organisation providing professional development and nationally accredited volunteering qualifications.

Our membership services are available to a range of primarily not-for-profit organisations of varying scale, spanning all sectors. Additionally, we work with government organisations on corporate social responsibility and employee volunteering programs.

Notably, we host the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards (the Awards), a highly anticipated annual event aimed at recognising the incredible dedication, effort and community service of the state’s volunteers. Now in its 18th itineration, the Awards have grown to be the premier volunteer celebrations.

We also host the Volunteering NSW State Conference that has been developed for professional leaders in Volunteer Involving Organisations in the not-for-profit and community sectors.  The annual conference brings together volunteering experts, academics and industry leaders to allow delegates the opportunity to advance their knowledge, develop skills and grow their network.

Learn more about The Centre’s history

About The Centre for Volunteering

Our vision

We build strong, diverse and inclusive communities through volunteering.

Our mission

To promote and support volunteering in the NSW Community. We do this through advocacy, policy development, leadership, engagement, sector training and development, recognition, and promotion.

Our values

  • Excellence
    We provide thought leadership and model best practice in volunteer management for volunteer-involving organisations in the sector and the wider community.
  • Collaboration
    We value teamwork and seek opportunities to partner with stakeholders and external organisations to achieve positive outcomes in volunteering which benefit the sector and wider community.
  • Integrity
    We act in the best interest of our valuable stakeholders and honour our commitments. We are accountable for our actions to maintain our reputation as a trustworthy and sustainable organisation.
  • Respect
    We acknowledge different ideas and perspectives and embrace diversity. We recognise and value the contribution of others and treat everybody with dignity.
  • Inclusivity
    We value diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, participation, community, and sustainability as fundamental for successful and inclusive communities.


On Wednesday 25 October 2023, The Centre for Volunteering adopted a new Constitution, approved by the Board of Directors and members.