The Department of Home Affairs defines volunteer work as work that:

  • is unpaid (you can be provided with meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses)
  • would not otherwise be done by an Australian for pay
  • is short term
  • is incidental to your visit to Australia
  • is done for a not-for-profit organisation
  • benefits the community

Volunteer conditions for visa holders

We advise people on visas wishing to volunteer to use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check on the government website. This allows visa holders, employers, education providers and other organisations to check their particular visa details and conditions.  The VEVO portal can be accessed at:

The VEVO page details the conditions of work/volunteering which always apply, and which may apply depending on a range of criteria such as the country of origin of the visa holder. 

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