The remote volunteering journey

An in-depth exploration of the steps involved in the remote volunteering journey.

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The application process

Understand what will be expected of you during the remote volunteering application process and what happens once your application is submitted

Before applying


Volunteers must be Australian citizens or holders of a Permanent Residency Visa of Australia, or New Zealand residents in Australia with a Special Category Visa (SCV).

Remote volunteers must not be living in any country where the program operates. This is due to insurance provisions made for in-country volunteers in those countries, which cannot be extended to remote volunteers.

Do your research

Familiarise yourself with the position description for the assignment you're interested in and get acquainted with the partner organisation and the work they do.

Research the country and their work culture, considering factors that may impact your experience working alongside your partner organisation.

Gather the information you need for your application

  • A copy of your passport
  • Your resume
  • Qualification details


How to apply

  • Click on ‘Apply Now’ for the assignment you are interested in. If you have an account, log in. If you don't have an account, create one to continue to apply.
  • Add your details and documents.
  • Apply before the close date. 

Next steps

Recruitment process

After your application has been submitted, there are several stages in the recruitment.

  1. Screening: Applications are reviewed and 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, including:

  • Australian 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
  • Commitment to comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

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