Providing voluntary work opportunities

A not for profit organisation may register with us to provide voluntary work opportunities for eligible job seekers.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re a not for profit organisation that is either:

  • community based with appropriate insurance
  • a government sector agency.

How to apply

Find out how you can request to be an approved voluntary work organisation and what your responsibilities will be.

What you can do

You can give valuable opportunities to job seekers by offering work-like activities in your organisation as volunteers.

Tasks volunteers can do

There are many activities a job seeker can do while volunteering with your organisation, for example:

  • gardening and maintenance
  • animal or wildlife shelter activities
  • rehabilitation of public parks
  • office administration
  • retail work.

However, volunteers can’t do tasks that paid workers would normally do.

What other government programs are available

There are other government programs such as Work for the Dole that you may already be taking part in. Your role and eligibility requirements will be different for this program.

You can access the Work for the Dole Host Organisation Handbook on the Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Page last updated: 12 June 2024.
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