Residents, visitors & tourists

If you're new to Queensland, volunteering can be a great way to learn about the community you live in & make connections


What is volunteering?

Volunteering is an unpaid activity and something that people choose to do for the good of the community.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, share your skills and be part of your community. Volunteering can help you:

  • gain experience in the Australian community
  • develop community knowledge and social connections
  • build an understanding of the Australian work environment
  • develop English language skills
  • gain written references for your resume
  • make contacts for future job opportunities.

Ways to volunteer

There are many different ways you can volunteer. One way is to help out groups you already have an association with, such as:

  • places of worship, including churches, temples and mosques
  • your child’s kindergarten or school
  • sports groups, such as basketball and athletics clubs
  • community organisations and cultural groups.

Community organisations also welcome volunteers in activities such as:

  • helping children with homework
  • preparing and serving food
  • caring for older people
  • transporting people or goods
  • fundraising and administration
  • helping with recreation activities for people with a disability
  • website development
  • caring for the environment
  • mentoring young people
  • working in second hand stores (op-shops).

Who can volunteer?

Opportunities are available for everyone - whether you have limited English skills or are working full-time, seeking employment or studying. You don’t have to be an Australian citizen to volunteer. Anyone on a temporary, permanent, student or visitor visa can volunteer.

When can I volunteer?

There are opportunities to volunteer at any time - during the day, at night or on weekends. You can also volunteer for any period of time, from one hour to a few weeks, a few months or even a few years! Speak to organisations about your needs to ensure they can find the best volunteer work for you.

How do I find volunteering opportunities?

To connect with community organisations and find volunteering opportunities search online today.

You can help - whether you’ve got a spare hour, day, week, month or year

Search all volunteering opportunities or short term roles that will suit your stay!


Photo: Fraser Island