Who can volunteer
The Australian Volunteers Program supports an inclusive and diverse range of Australians to share their skills overseas.
We’re committed to ensuring that international volunteering is inclusive and accessible to Australians from a range of backgrounds, with diverse perspectives, identities and abilities.
If you have skills to share and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18, you can apply for an assignment. Australian volunteers work in a range of sectors, including business services, community and social development, health, science, engineering and architecture, skilled trades, education and training, and media and arts.
There can be barriers, perceived or otherwise, that prevent some Australians from participating fully in international volunteering, particularly people with a disability, Indigenous Australians, people living in regional and remote areas, and people from the LGBTIQ+ community.
We are passionate about supporting all Australians to volunteer. We recognise the unique strengths and skills that people with diverse backgrounds and experiences offer, and we work with volunteers to remove barriers they may face.
The Australian Volunteers Program works to be fully supportive and inclusive of people from all backgrounds. We have outlined how we achieve this commitment in our Statements of Intent.
Diversity and inclusion at the Australian Volunteers Program
Access and inclusion plans
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