Volunteering with the Refugee Council of Australia
The Refugee Council of Australia is a small organisation. It relies on the support of dedicated volunteers to maintain our vital work. However, there are only a small number of opportunities because we do not have many staff and have limited office space.
We do not work directly with refugees or people seeking asylum, so if you are interested in helping them directly, please consider volunteering with our members.
From time to time we do have opportunities for volunteers to help us. These opportunities will be featured on the right of this page when available.
If no opportunities are available, you can fill in this form and we will contact you when an opportunity arises. Please note that it may take up to a week for us to respond as we have limited capacity at the moment.
Who can volunteer?
Most of our opportunities to volunteer will be based in our Sydney or Melbourne offices.
Our aim is to recruit a diverse and dedicated team of volunteers. We especially encourage the following people to apply:
- people from refugee backgrounds or people seeking asylum
- people with language skills relevant to refugee communities
- people with specialist skills in communications (for example, WordPress and website development, graphic design, infographics), statistics, fundraising and administration.
We also welcome applications for people who have good skills in research and policy analysis, including students.
What would we expect
For general volunteers, we generally require a minimum commitment of one day a week for at least six months of the year. We prefer people who can commit a regular day of the week.
We expect people who volunteer with us to be respectful to everyone that they engage with while they are with us, including other volunteers. We expect people who volunteer with us to treat the role seriously, and to treat us with respect.
What would you do?
Our general volunteers perform a wide range of tasks, including:
- helping us research and draft publications
- helping us write content for our website and bulletins
- attending member events and networks
- helping us organise events
- helping us gather and analyse data, including statistics
- helping us answer public enquiries.
People with specialist skills also help us with translating documents, designing our website and communications, and giving advice on areas within their expertise.
We currently have the following volunteering opportunities:
- Fundraising Assistant with research/analysis & writing skills (Sydney/offsite).
- Social media promotion (Melbourne/Sydney/offsite)
- Policy or general volunteering (Melbourne office)
- Community educators for our Face to Face program (Sydney/Melbourne region)
- Media monitoring (Melbourne/Sydney/offsite)
- Website editing and design (Offsite)
- Statistics or infographics (Offsite)
You can indicate which of these you are interested in by choosing ‘type’ when you complete the ‘apply to volunteer’ form below.
Internships at the Refugee Council of Australia
As we have a small, largely part-time staff, we have limited opportunities for internships in our Sydney and Melbourne offices. From time to time, we may have capacity to take on one or two interns, depending on our priorities and capacity. We generally have limited capacity during June and July, and over the summer (December and January).
Internships must result in formal course credit at a university, preferably an Australian university.
As we have limited capacity for internships, we prioritise the following in our consideration of applications:
- People from refugee backgrounds
- Previous or current volunteers with the Refugee Council of Australia
- Universities with which we have an existing relationship
- Flexible internships that do not require a long-term research report
- Topics that are strongly aligned with our current policy priorities and staff expertise.
Applications must be provided well in advance to ensure that we have adequate time to review them, and include relevant university requirements, proposed start and end dates, information regarding the topic, and address any of the criteria for priorities indicated above. All applications should be provided through the link below, selecting the ‘Internship’ option in the form.
Volunteering with our members
Many of our member organisations rely on volunteers. Volunteering with our members offers real opportunities to work with refugees and those people seeking asylum.