"Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good & without financial gain"
You can make a difference!
Volunteering is a choice made by you to help your community.
It's all about supporting nonprofits and community groups by willingly giving your time, skills and enthusiasm to become involved and take action on issues that are important to you.
- Definition of volunteering
- Types of volunteering
- Benefits of volunteering
- Checklist for volunteers
- Rights and responsibilities
- Background checks
- Facts and figures
Choose a role that's a good match for you
Here are a few questions you should consider:
- What are my motivations for volunteering?
- Is there a cause that's close to my heart?
- What skills do I want to contribute or learn?
- How much time can I commit?
There are many externalities that demand our attention and pull us in different directions. Finding a cause, group or organisation that you're passionate about will enable you to give more of yourself and be the change you want to see in the world – all change starts with you.
What areas can you volunteer in?
There are so many ways you can choose to volunteer.
You can help in the arts, sports, schools, aged care, social support, conservation, community safety or emergency services. You can take action on climate change, help people experiencing homelessness, disadvantaged children, or refugees. You can get involved in gender equality, democracy, social justice, stopping racism or animal welfare.
You can use or develop your skills in research, administration, tutoring, marketing, retail, management, technology, and much more.
There are one off events, short-term projects, long-term roles and even micro volunteering.
Whichever opportunity you choose, you'll be strengthening communities and enriching your personal and professional development.
We can connect you to volunteering opportunities that suit your passions, motivations, availability and location.
Visit our search opportunities page to view volunteer opportunities available across Queensland!
Tips for making the most of our site:
- You can search for opportunities through our roles list or map
- Try using keywords or filtering by availability
- Once you've found an opportunity, you can apply by pressing the express interest button
- Once you fill in your details in the online form and hit submit your details will be sent to the organisation
- You will then get a confirmation email with the organisation’s details
- If you haven’t heard from the organisation within a week, give them a quick call to discuss your interest
- Spend more time volunteering and less time filling in forms - Create a Volunteer Profile so you don't have to fill in your details for each role you apply for, plus you can even have new opportunities emailed directly to you
- Share your volunteer story and inspire others
Join the Care Army - Help older and vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
You may also like to register your expression of interest to help join the Queensland Government's Care Army, made up of Queenslanders who want to assist older and vulnerable people living in our community who may not have friends, family or neighbours who are able to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The primary focus of the Care Army is social connection and essential services such as the delivery of groceries and medicines for Queensland’s seniors and most vulnerable. This could be achieved through phone calls or video chats to check on the wellbeing of older and vulnerable Queenslanders and help reduce the impacts of social isolation. It could also involve the non-contact delivery of food, medication and essential items, driving people to appointments, mowing lawns, or similar chores. The safety and health of Care Army volunteers and the safety, health and privacy of those they assist is of primary importance. Community organisations that the Care Army volunteers with are asked to ensure all necessary screenings, briefings and PPE are in place.
You can join the Care Army through Volunteering Queensland’s Emergency Volunteering website (EV CREW) – emergencyvolunteering.com.au/qld. We will then contact you when requests for volunteer assistance are received.
Need help using our website?
Please download our information sheet on how to search for volunteering opportunities and create a Volunteer Profile online. We also encourage you to watch the video below which steps you through the process.
Frequently asked questions