The new Australian Volunteers program
The contract for the delivery of the new Australian Volunteers program was signed on 13 July 2017 between DFAT and AVI, in consortium with Cardno and The Whitelum Group. The Australian Volunteers program replaced the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, which concluded on 31 December 2017.
The Australian Volunteers program builds on the Australian Government's investment in international volunteers over the past 60 years. The program is retaining and enhancing a number of core elements developed under AVID and the Returned Australian Volunteer Network (RAVN). The Australian Volunteers program will build on the development and public diplomacy outcomes of the AVID program, and foster innovation, flexibility and collaboration.
DFAT thanks AVID delivery partner, Scope Global, for the significant contributions that they made to Australian Government international volunteering programs over the past 17 years. DFAT also thanks Australian Business Volunteers and the Australian Red Cross for their contribution to Australian Government international volunteering programs. Without the dedication, ideas and passion of all partners, the AVID program would not have been as successful and effective as it was.
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About the Australian Volunteers program
The Australian Volunteers program matches skilled Australians from all walks of life with organisations in developing countries to help these organisations to deliver on their own objectives. The program uses international volunteering as a people-centered approach to capacity development. The Australian Volunteers program is part of the Australian Government's people-to-people program portfolio, connecting Australians to Australia's aid program and the region.
Over the next five years, the Australian Volunteers program will aim to achieve the following outcomes:
- partner organisations are supported by Australia to achieve their own development objectives
- Australian volunteers gain professionally and personally
- the public and governments in Australia and overseas better appreciate the value of volunteering.
Volunteering opportunities are available in Bhutan, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Indonesia, Laos, Lesotho, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
Are you interested in volunteering? Visit the Australian Volunteers program website.
Becoming a volunteer
A wide range of professional skills are needed to contribute to development. Most volunteer assignments require qualifications and demonstrated professional experience.
The sectors most commonly requested by partner organisations include:
- Education and training
- Community and social development
- Communications and media
- Management, administration and human resources
- Business, marketing and tourism
- Finance and economics
- Disaster and emergency management
- Information technology
- Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
- Law and justice
- Skilled trades
Advice on responsible volunteering is available on Smartraveller.
Volunteers are placed within partner organisations and work with counterparts and colleagues to contribute to building capacity within the organisation.
Australian volunteers work with a range of partner organisations including non-government organisations (NGOs), civil society and humanitarian organisations, government agencies, educational institutions, private sector enterprises and United Nations agencies.
More information about partner organisations
Australian partner organisations
To encourage greater community involvement, Australian-based organisations can participate in the Australian Volunteers program by joining with partner organisations. This is a great way for Australian organisations to develop new relationships with organisations overseas, or to strengthen existing links, while contributing to international development. Australian partner organisations include government departments, educational institutions, NGOs and private sector enterprises.
More information about Australian partner organisations
If you are looking to volunteer through other programs, advice is available on Smartraveller about responsible volunteering. Thoroughly research the organisation that you plan to work with, particularly when working with children.