Become a Volunteer

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of people seeking asylum? On this page you will find many different ways to get involved in the ASRC and our work to support people seeking safety in Australia.

Why volunteer with the ASRC?

Volunteers are the very lifeblood of the ASRC. In becoming a volunteer, you are joining a movement of supporters and advocates who strengthen the organisation while creating positive change for people seeking asylum. 

Volunteering your time, skills, and resources is one of the most powerful ways to make a real difference. You’ll make new friends, gain career and life experience and see the impact of your work on a daily basis.

We offer a diverse range of volunteer opportunities across all our programs, from working in our Foodbank or Education Program, to utilising your skills as a qualified legal or health professional. Each role requires a different set of skills, experience and availability. With so many options, you’re sure to find the perfect role for you. 

Want to volunteer with us?

All currently open positions are advertised via the button below.

We advertise new volunteer positions every two months.  If you would like us to email you the next time volunteer positions are available, please submit your details here:

Application Process

1. Find a Role

We recruit for new volunteer roles every two months.

2. Send Application

Provide a CV and a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself.

3. Attend Interview

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and have references checked.

4. Complete Checks

Get a Police Check, Working with Children Check and complete online training.

5. Welcome Aboard!

We look forward to welcoming you on your first day.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Submit an application via our website for a role that suits your skills, experience and availability

2. If shortlisted, you’ll proceed to an interview 3. If successful, you’ll need to complete the online ASRC Volunteer Induction, sign the Volunteer Agreement and undergo both a Police Check and Working with Children check 4. Start volunteering!

The ASRC offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities across all of our programs. Whether you are a practicing lawyer or a registered nurse looking to share your specialist skills or someone who is looking to provide more generalised help with our administrative work or help out in our Foodbank – the opportunities to volunteer with the ASRC are diverse and always changing. Available roles are advertised every two months.

Yes, you can submit your expression of interest here.

We’re currently working on new ways for your organisation and employees to volunteer with the ASRC. Access to our new Corporate Volunteering program is just one of the many benefits of being a corporate partner, and the program will offer unique volunteering opportunities while also supporting and empowering people seeking asylum in our community.

To learn more about how your business or organisation can benefit from a partnership with the ASRC, please click here.

The ASRC offers a limited number of student placements each year, dependent on the organisation’s needs. Most of these placements are arranged through existing agreements with universities and TAFEs rather than on an individual basis. Hence if you would like to pursue a student placement at the ASRC, please contact your university / tertiary education provider.

The History of Volunteering at the ASRC

An organisation built by volunteers

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The strength and power of the ASRC is found in our people and volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation, without whom the ASRC would cease to exist.

In fact, the ASRC first began as a small food bank in 2001, run mostly by volunteers. As the needs of the people we support grew, so did the ASRC services and often it was volunteers who mobilised to meet the new demand. As Kon Karapanagiotidis explains, “… when someone would turn up without Medicare… we just needed to respond. I remember taking a student on placement and saying to them “You’re starting the first health service for people seeking asylum in Victoria, that’s your social work placement”. Two weeks later, it was up and running.

Each and every program at the ASRC relies on the skills and passion of a committed volunteer workforce. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds adding richness of knowledge and providing experience that has expanded our services over the years. What has been so exceptional about our community is that people feel like they are being trusted to do good and what has stood out about our volunteers from day one is how hungry people are to help and make a difference.

Stories from our volunteers

Hootan's Story

Hootan

”I know first hand what it is like to be displaced and I want to help the way we were helped when we first arrived.”

Joan's Story

Joan

“One person would turn up out of the blue and say ‘I can teach English’ and so that’s how English classes came about. Then another volunteer came onboard who could cook, so then we had the community foods program. The local community just showed up and provided.”

Aheda's Story

Aheda

“When you volunteer, it’s obviously not for money. We do it for the feeling that it leaves in your heart. I feel good about myself too when I can help others.”

Ready to join the team?

All currently open positions are advertised via the button below.

We advertise new volunteer positions every two months. If you would like us to email you the next time volunteer positions are available, please submit your details here:

If you have any questions please send us an email at volunteer@asrc.org.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.