Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions
Why volunteer with Mission Australia?
You can expect a lot from volunteering with Mission Australia, including the chance to make friends, learn new skills and support the important work we do by standing alongside Australians in need until they can stand for themselves. Studies have shown that giving your time to help others can be good for your health, wellbeing and social skills, so you can expect to feel the positive impact in these areas too.
Who can volunteer with Mission Australia?
Mission Australia welcomes anyone wanting to share their skills, expertise, passion and time to express their interest in volunteering. Volunteering with Mission Australia often requires working with some of the most vulnerable people in our community. To ensure that we get the right people placed in the right volunteer roles, we need to follow a rigorous recruitment process.
Due to the nature of our work, we require a majority of our volunteers to undertake and return a satisfactory Police check. Where a volunteer role is working directly with or has access to the personal information of children, a Working with Children Check will be required.
What kind of work can volunteers do?
Mission Australia offers a diverse range of volunteering opportunities. Volunteering roles include teaching young people from underprivileged backgrounds to drive, tutoring refugees and new arrivals in basic English language skills to assist in settling into local communities, working in our op-shops, running yoga classes and providing pro bono legal advice.
What current opportunities are available?
A list of current volunteering opportunities available throughout Mission Australia can be found on our volunteering vacancies page. If you are interested in offering your time and expertise to Mission Australia but can’t find a role that suits you, or you would like more information about volunteering with Mission Australia, please contact us using our online enquiry form.
What length and type of commitment is expected of volunteers?
The length and type of commitment expected from volunteers varies from role to role. Volunteer position descriptions found on the volunteering vacancies page will detail the length and type of commitment being sort. When looking for a volunteer role it is important to find a role where the commitment being sought suits your availability.
Do you have corporate volunteering opportunities?
Mission Australia offers opportunities for its corporate partners to get involved in our work through corporate volunteering. To find out more, please visit our volunteering page.
Are there short-term or one-off volunteer opportunities?
If you are not able to commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis, there are occasional short-term or one-off opportunities available. Short-term and one-off volunteering roles will be advertised on volunteering vacancies page.
Will I need to be interviewed?
Mission Australia has a rigorous volunteer recruitment process that may include both a preliminary phone interview and a face-to-face interview with the recruiting manager. This provides us with the opportunity to ensure that we have the best match for you and to those we are committed to supporting.
Will I need to undergo any background checks?
The vast majority of volunteers are required to undergo a National Police History Check and for roles working directly with or having access to the sensitive information of children, a Working with Children Check will be required. Each Volunteer Position Description will detail the background checks required for the role. If there are any other formal background checks required for the volunteer role you are interested in, you will be informed of this upon applying for the role. Depending on the particular volunteer opportunity, you may be asked to undergo reference checks or under additional suitability screening.
Will I receive any training?
Some positions require volunteers to attend formal training prior to commencing in the role, while other roles may provide on-the-job training. Training is generally provided by Mission Australia staff. Specific training offered/required for volunteer roles will be detailed in Volunteer Position Descriptions on our volunteering vacancies page.
How will I be supported whilst volunteering with Mission Australia?
Each volunteer has a Mission Australia staff member as an ongoing contact for advice, support and training in their role. Mission Australia has a National Volunteering Team dedicated to supporting staff and volunteers to ensure that you have a positive, rewarding and worthwhile volunteering experience.
Find a role
Go to our volunteering vacancies page to apply for advertised roles.
Have a question?
If you cannot find a vacant role that meets your needs or you have any further queries about volunteering with Mission Australia, please contact us via our online enquiry form or call 1800 110 578.
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