Volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit and community organisations and projects or your local community and is undertaken:

  • to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer
  • of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
  • for no financial payment.

Volunteering can deliver a wealth of benefits

Self-worth, great fun, friendships and job opportunities can all be part of getting involved with your community. Volunteering may be an outlet for your natural talents, a road-test for your new career, or simply a handy way to meet new friends. Your strong beliefs and values may also inspire you to volunteer.

Here are just a few of the goals that volunteering can help you achieve:

  • A means of building self-esteem or confidence.
  • A great way to learn or develop skills.
  • A pathway to enhance work experience.
  • Gain improved health and be active.
  • A way to meet new people or broaden your social set.
  • Make a difference in someone’s life.
  • A way of expressing gratitude for help you may have received in the past or ‘giving back’.
  • An opportunity to support a cause you feel strongly about.
  • Feeling needed and valued is satisfying in itself.
  • Make a difference within one’s own community.

Working out what type of volunteer work you want to do

To help you decide how you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, ask yourself:

  • ‘What do I enjoy?’
  • ‘What skills and talents can I offer?’
  • ‘How can my skills and talents help a community organisation?’
  • ‘What values and experiences would I like to explore?’

Are you ready to volunteer?

To find out more about how The Centre for Volunteering interviews and registers prospective volunteers, read how to volunteer and complete the online volunteer registration form.

Alternatively, you can call the Volunteer Referral Service on 02 9261 3600 Monday–Friday, 10am–3pm, E.S.T.

Discover what it means to become a volunteer, and how it can benefit you and your community.