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Beautlyn smiles, wearing a Straight Talk t-shirt. Beautlyn is a volunteer with the Program team and in November she got the opportunity to go on Yawuru Country and help support the Kimberley Aboriginal Women's Council Roundtable.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers form the backbone of our organisation and an integral part of our history, going back to when Community Aid Abroad was founded by Father Gerard Kennedy Tucker in 1953. Thanks to the efforts, passion, and dedication of nearly 700 volunteers and interns, more than 21,500 hours were contributed in 2023, how good!

You can volunteer in a range of areas including research, editing, events, finance, and human resources, just to name a few! You can also sign up to volunteer at Oxfam Trailwalker in Melbourne or as part of an Oxfam supporter group in the community.

Why volunteer?

  • You’ll be doing something you’re passionate about.
  • You could learn new skills, or add to the ones you already have.
  • You could meet like-minded people, from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn, network and find mentors in the not-for-profit industry.
  • You’re working towards a just world without poverty.

But don’t just listen to us. Find out first-hand from Oxfam volunteers.

The value of volunteering with Oxfam:

How you can volunteer

  • Volunteer in the office or remotely and utilise your skills to make a difference. You could be chatting to supporters, researching our programs, or assisting our campaigns team.
  • Take part in our Micro Volunteering Program and contribute time in an innovative and flexible way that works for you and your schedule.
  • With Oxfam Trailwalker, a national outdoor fundraising event. Each event weekend is supported by hundreds of volunteers.
  • Join an Oxfam community group and meet people with a common interest in social justice and sustainable development.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 18 years or older can register to volunteer.

All people volunteering with us must hold eligible to work rights in Australia in accordance with the Department of Home Affairs guidelines.

Working with volunteers

Equal employment opportunity and diversity

We are committed to ensuring individuals are treated consistently and equitably irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, political, religious, or philosophical allegiance, physical ability, family status, age, or sexual orientation. Operating within a diverse national and international community, we are committed to developing policies, practices and ways of working that support diversity (PDF, 37KB).

Child safe employer

We are committed to protecting the rights of all children to live safely, without fear of abuse or exploitation – for more information please read our Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

Read more about how Oxfam supports our volunteers.

Our Vision for Volunteering

We aspire to be an inclusive, innovative, and agile organisation for people to contribute their time and skills through volunteering. We aim to foster a place of welcoming where people can bring their best and authentic selves and enable an environment where people can volunteer in a way that is flexible and convenient.

Find out more about our vision for volunteering below:

2023 – 2028 Oxfam Australia National Volunteer Strategy: Advancing Inclusion, Community, and Innovation in Volunteer Engagement

Volunteer Impact Report

Volunteers at Oxfam Australia contribute tangibly to the successful operation of the organisation. In these reports, you’ll learn more about our volunteers and the impact of their contributions.

Questions?

Our Volunteering FAQ should answer most of your questions, otherwise, get in touch with the Volunteer Engagement Team by emailing volunteerengagement@oxfam.org.au.