Search Public Volunteer Opportunities
Seek is well known for being a platform for job-seeking, but did you know it has entire website dedicated to volunteer roles too? Seek Volunteer is right at the top of websites to look at for volunteer roles.
Do Something Near You!
Trying to get into something and don't know what or where to look? Why not use the searchable portal Do Something Near You to help you find what is available in your local community
Looking further away?
Did you know that volunteer programs outside of Australia look for Australians to volunteer in a variety of roles. Sometimes online, sometimes in another country - it's worth looking at Australian Volunteers to scope out your options in the future
Go Overseas is your guide to 18,000+ programs that will change how you see the world. Read 50,000+ community reviews to help you choose your next adventure. Volunteer digitally or browse scholarships to travel the world.
South Australian public sector agencies work in partnership with volunteers across the state to deliver a range of services to the community. This is reflected in the partnership agreement between the government and volunteering sector, the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021 - 2027.
Emergency Response Volunteering
Did you know that there is a resource for searching emerging emergency support roles -(Australia Wide) Volunteering can provide crucial support to people in the community who are impacted by an emergency. Why not register your details to become a volunteer.
Learning through volunteering
DigiVol volunteers complement the work of the Australian Museum Collections staff and research scientists by capturing images of specimens, objects and archival materials and then recording label data into digital form.
Participate in research
A vibrant community. Zooniverse gives people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to participate in real research with over 50 active online citizen science projects. Work with 1.6 million registered users around the world to contribute to research projects led by hundreds of researchers.
Department of Human Services
There are many different volunteering opportunities available across the Department of Human Services (DHS).
- The arts
- Community services
- The environment
- Emergency services
- Sport and recreation
- Tourism, and more!
If you are under the age of 18 – When using these sites to find a suitable role, consider using the advanced search options to reduce the number of roles shown that are only meant for “adults”.
You can do this by selecting an option that says for “Younger Volunteers, Aged 14-18″, sometimes this option is hidden under a header called “suitable for”. (Seek volunteer has been requested to change this to 17 and under, however this may take some time))
If you just type “younger volunteers” in the search bar without selecting this advanced option – you are more likely to generate roles working with young people (which is awesome if that is what you want to look for) but it may not show all the options available to you.
For those over the age of 18 – there will be a lot more options available for you to apply for on these public sites.
All roles listed regardless of your age will have their own individual recruitment process and may be subject to different requirements that may determine your eligibility.
For example – many roles will require you to be up to date on your Covid Vaccinations, and will expect you to obtain a National Police Check.
If you are 14 and older, and working around children – you will likely need to obtain a Working With Children Check. The organsation will let you know what is required and how to get it once they are in contact with you.
These sites provide the widest variety of options for someone exploring what volunteer opportunities exist of any age – they are not owned or managed by Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc. so you are encouraged to exercise caution when using these publicly listed websites.
Not sure what this means? Have a look at Volunteer Seek Volunteer‘s guide for protecting yourself online!
Also, don’t forget! Many organisations may be facing challenges at the time of your search – local events such as bush fires, floods, power outages, staffing shortages and even social distancing requirements impact organisations in a variety of ways. If you haven’t heard back from an organisation, reach out to them again rather than assuming that they aren’t interested.
Are you aged 25 or under, and haven't volunteered before?
We noticed when reviewing research into youth volunteering, that no one has really asked non-volunteers what they think! Help us to bridge the gap by filling in this survey? (Takes less than 5 minutes)
Are you aged 25 or under, have put in an application to volunteer, were previously a volunteer, or are currently volunteering?
A surprising number of young people have experienced difficulty in becoming volunteers, or being recognized as volunteers.
Sometimes this is due to an organisation not being able to work with people under the age of 18 (but not specifying it clearly on their website or role advertisement). Sometimes its due to an organisation recognising its young people as participants rather than volunteers.
Other times it may be caused by admin errors, delays in responding to young people or simply an inability to run a volunteer program that doesn’t interfere with the times a young person is expected to attend school, or is engaged in other activities.
We are particularly interested in hearing your story if you have tried to become a volunteer and for some reason, did not become one. We are trying to reduce how often situations like this occur, to do it successfully we need to know what went wrong! Please let us know what happened in your experience by filling in this short questionnaire by clicking here.
We would also like to hear from people who have found getting into volunteering has been simple and easy, so that we can figure out what is working well and encourage other organisations to replicate what worked for you.