The in-country volunteering journey

An in-depth exploration as you navigate the essential steps to arrive and return home with ease.

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I’ve applied. What next?

Learn what happens after you submit your application.

Recruitment process

There are several stages in the recruitment process once you have applied.

  1. Screening: Applications are reviewed. Applicants will be contacted via email or phone within a week of the application closing date.
  2. Shortlisting: Applicants with skills and experience matching the position will be invited to participate in interviews with a recruiter and to complete a mental health assessment. This is generally within two weeks of the application closing date.
    Please note, the results of your mental health assessment will help identify what support can be provided for those who may need it. The results are summarised and Australian Volunteers Program staff are not provided with specific detail from the assessment.
  3. Interviews: Applicants will be invited to a subsequent interview with in-country staff and/or the partner organisation generally within three weeks.
  4. Reference checks: Reference checks will be conducted after the interview with in-country staff.

You will receive updates as you progress through these stages, including prompts for when to complete your compliance documentation which includes:

  • Australian Federal Police check. If you have lived outside of Australia for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, you will also need an international police clearance.
  • First Aid Certificate: Level HLTAID011 Australia or equivalent is a mandatory requirement for acceptance on in-country assignments longer than six weeks.
  • Commitment to comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

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