Who can volunteer

The Australian Volunteers Program supports an inclusive and diverse range of Australians to share their skills overseas.

We’re committed to ensuring that international volunteering is inclusive and accessible to Australians from a range of backgrounds, with diverse perspectives, identities and abilities.

If you have skills to share and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18, you can apply for an assignment. Australian volunteers work in a range of sectors, including business services, community and social development, health, science, engineering and architecture, skilled trades, education and training, and media and arts.

There can be barriers, perceived or otherwise, that prevent some Australians from participating fully in international volunteering, particularly people with a disability, Indigenous Australians, people living in regional and remote areas, and people from the LGBTIQ+ community.  

We are passionate about supporting all Australians to volunteer. We recognise the unique strengths and skills that people with diverse backgrounds and experiences offer, and we work with volunteers to remove barriers they may face.

Diversity and inclusion at the Australian Volunteers Program

Got a question?

Contact our Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator to learn more about how can support you to become an Australian volunteer.

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Robyn Whitney
Robyn Whitney (left) is a deaf Australian who volunteered with Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Bhutan.
Apenisa Tuimabualau (who goes by Ben) returned to his childhood home to volunteer with Basketball Fiji in Suva.
Margaret Duffield, English Competency Mentor, IKIP Gunungsitoli, Indonesia.
Margaret Duffield volunteered as an English Competency Mentor in Indonesia
Australian volunteer Clinton Wilson third from left with Australian and local volunteers in Vanuatu in 2010
Indigenous volunteer, Clinton Wilson (third from left) has volunteered on a number of assignments in Vanuatu and South Africa.