Volunteering is unpaid work, usually for a not-for-profit organisation. This type of work benefits both the volunteer and the community. Most volunteer positions are:
- less than 16 hours a week
- helping the community
- covered by insurance
- not a high risk activity
- not replacing paid workers.
Benefits to your career
Volunteering can be a valuable part of career planning by helping you to:
- strengthen your skills for work
- get work-related experience
- develop your professional network and make new friends
- show initiative and motivation to employers
- prepare for leadership roles.
For international students, volunteering is a good opportunity to practise your English, and to learn about Australian workplace culture:
- you usually don't need to have permanent residency to be a volunteer
- your visa may have restrictions on how many hours you can volunteer and work.
Find volunteer positions
Search not-for-profit organisation websites and online volunteering job boards for opportunities. You can also contact organisations and community centres directly.
View Volunteering at Monash (login) for volunteering opportunities
View Career Gateway (login) for job opportunities