Remote Volunteering

This new initiative supports Australian volunteers to share their skills remotely with partner organisations.

As a result of COVID-19, the Australian Volunteers Program was quick to launch a Remote Volunteering initiative, which enables Australian volunteers to share their skills remotely with partner organisations. Over 100 remote assignments have been created so far. 

Remote Volunteering is being rolled out in phases to allow us to monitor and evaluate each phase and adjust and improve the initiative as we go.  

The current focus of this initiative is to support partner organisations with a volunteer who was repatriated in March 2020 due to COVID-19, or a volunteer who was selected by their partner organisation but unable to start their assignment due to COVID-19.   

How does it work? 

Remote Volunteering is currently open to partner organisations with a repatriated volunteer, or a volunteer who was recruited but unable to begin their assignment due to COVID-19. 

  • Partner organisations and recruited volunteers determine whether remote volunteering is right for their personal circumstances. It is not mandatory.  
  • Remote assignments are four to twelve weeks in duration. Assignment objectives must be achievable in this timeframe.
  • In-country teams support partner organisations to develop assignments and provides regular check-ins.  
  • Remote volunteers work part-time (less than 25 hours per week) or full-time (25 hours or more per week). 
  • Partner organisations and volunteers can choose from a list of start dates, depending on their preference and ability to complete compliance activities by the nominated start date.   
  • Remote volunteers must complete all mandatory compliance checks through the Australian Volunteers Portal. 
  • Remote volunteers must attend a mandatory online Preparing to Volunteer briefing session. This session supports volunteers to anticipate the challenges of volunteering remotely. 

Remote volunteer activities 

Given the challenge of working remotely, Remote Volunteering focuses on assignments that set small goals that can be reasonably achievedExamples that have worked well include: 

  • support with written proposals, plans, standard operating procedures or other documentation 
  • mentoring staff on a project 
  • support with graphic design or web development work 
  • proofreading documents and submissions 
  • English language practice through online calls and tutorials

What support is provided 

Remote Volunteering is fully supported by the Australian Volunteers Program to ensure partner organisations achieve their objectives, and volunteers can effectively share their skills with partner colleagues.  

Support includes: 

  • A modest remote allowance for volunteers to cover anticipated costs.  
  • A library of online resources, including resources to help partner organisations and volunteers work together remotely. 
  • Briefing for volunteers and partner organisations to prepare them for remote volunteering. 
  • Access to ongoing support for partner organisations from in-country teams, including regular check-ins. 
  • Inclusion within the program’s monitoring and learning framework to facilitate learning and ensure the program can continue to support partner organisations into the future. 

How to apply 

All remote volunteer assignments will be led by the needs of partner organisations. Partner organisations interested in applying for a remote volunteer assignment should contact their in-county teams for more information. 

Have a question? 

Visit the Remote Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions for more information.  

Partner organisations should get in contact with their in-country teams to learn more, and volunteers should email any questions to: 

Interested in volunteering? Register for the Talent Pool and your details will be added to a database to assist our recruiters to find the right candidate for future assignments.