An update about the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has been allocated an estimated budget of $39.6 million for the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program in 2015-16. This is a reduction from funding in 2014-15.

It is our first priority to ensure that volunteers currently in the field are able to complete their assignments. We are also committed to deploying volunteers who have been selected for assignments in 2014-15.

AVI is currently working closely with DFAT to explore how this budget reduction may affect the number and locations of new volunteers who are able to be deployed in 2015-16. Until this process is finalised, DFAT has instructed the three AVID implementing partners (Australian Volunteers International, Scope Global and the Australian Red Cross) to delay the recruitment and mobilisation of new volunteers for 2015-16.

DFAT is also exploring how the reduction may affect the number of new volunteers who are able to be deployed in 2015-16. 

We will provide further updates as they become available, and AVI recommends signing up to our monthly eNews so you're the first to hear of new opportunities.

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative. These volunteer assignments have been developed by Australian Volunteers International, a delivery partner for the AVID program.

Agriculture, environment and natural resources

Farming, veterinarian work, forestry, food technology, sustainability and conservation

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Community and social development

Social work, fundraising, peace building, corporate social responsibility and gender work

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Special education, social work, speech therapy and counselling

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Education and library

Primary, secondary and tertiary teacher training, curriculum development, ESL and EFL teacher training

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Engineering, architecture and skilled trades

Electronics, carpentry and plumbing trades trainers, WASH, engineers and construction

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Finance, economics and governance

Accounting, developing business, organisation and finance work

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Fundraising and resource mobilisation

Finance, economics, health, education and Government in the fundraising and resource mobilisation sector

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Midwifery, nursing, health sector development and support

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Law and justice

Law, legal aid work, and developing justice and fairness in communities

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HR, management, IT and business

Human resources, business, and work in financial procedures and processes.

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Media, communications and arts

Media, film, communications, art and design

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Vocational education and training

Technical and vocational education and training specialists

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