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Volunteering Queensland (RTO #6020) can offer your students the opportunity to undertake either a CHC14015 Certificate I in Active Volunteering, CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering or CHC34015 Certificate III in Active Volunteering (from the Community Services training package) that has been contextualised for your secondary school, special school or alternate training program.

There are many benefits for students who take part in Active Volunteering, including:

  1. 2-5 credits toward their QCE – ATAR pathway* and transition to work
  2. A solid foundation for any career path including community services, sport and recreation, environment and conservation, arts, emergency services, and human rights and justice
  3. Enhanced employment opportunities through real-world experience, a reference, and expanded professional networks
  4. Professional development including improved communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and initiative
  5. Personal development including a real sense of community connection, confidence, more positive outlook on life, and new friendships.

Core modules include:

  • Being an effective volunteer
  • Working with diverse people
  • Communicating effectively
  • Basic administration skills
  • Maintaining WHS processes
  • Organising work priorities.

A further four electives can be chosen based on individual goals, with a range of options available.

Students put their knowledge into practice in a volunteer placement with a nonprofit organisation in their community.

*If students are choosing the ATAR Pathway, we recommend the Certificate III in Active Volunteering.


Course outlines

Download CHC14015 Certificate I in Active Volunteering course outline

Download CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering course outline

Download CHC34015 Certificate III in Active Volunteering course outline


Active Volunteering students support their community in many ways.

They help at neighbourhood centres, aged care homes, community gardens, op shops, school canteens, and sporting competitions. Students cook for those in need, provide IT audits and administration, create awareness campaigns, raise much-needed funds, assist younger grades with learning, and many more good causes.


Non-Accredited Course

Volunteering Queensland also offers an Active Volunteering Non-Accredited Course which allows students who do not fulfil the requirements of the Certificate I, II or III in Active Volunteering to still participate. Students complete many different activities that include a very strong focus on volunteering. Students receive a certificate of participation at the end of their course, and experience significant growth, personally and professionally, from being involved in their community.

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What do participants have to say?


The impact of Active Volunteering

Active Volunteering was first piloted by Volunteering Queensland in 2009 to resounding positive feedback, with the significant impact on students, schools, and communities realised. Over the last ten years the program has grown from strength to strength:

have participated from metropolitan, regional, and remote areas

have received a qualification

are approved to help your school place students into diverse and rewarding volunteering opportunities

Students are set up for their future. Students become tomorrow’s leaders and lifelong volunteers

We support you with quality systems, guidelines, resources, and workshops


Good news stories

Active Volunteering is coming to Bundaberg

We are excited to deliver a community resilience program with Bundaberg Regional Council, Gin Gin State High School, Bundaberg North State High School, Bundaberg State High School, and Rotary International.

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Tannum Sands High School

Tannum Sands High School students are volunteering with RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue. They are helping at events, collecting donation boxes, creating social media content, and sharing creative advertising ideas.

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Student of the Term

Meet Candice, Student of the Term 1 and 2 combined, who was one of the first to return to her volunteering role at RSPCA Dakabin after the COVID-19 isolation period. A role model for her peers, Candice also volunteered with Australia Zoo.

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Why partner with Volunteering Queensland?

As the state peak body we have a long history of leading volunteering in Queensland

We can connect you with our volunteer sector network

We are an established Registered Training Organisation


Get started with Active Volunteering

  1. To discuss your interest, please contact our Training Partnerships Coordinator, Jackie Choquenot, on 07 3002 7618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Jackie will make a time to discuss your students’ needs in detail (over teleconference at this time).
  3. During this meeting, all aspects of the Active Volunteering program will be covered including your school’s requirements, most relevant qualifications, electives, and prices. Teacher/ trainer requirements will be clearly outlined.