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.
Current volunteer opportunities
Join our dynamic Champions for Change fellowship project by coming on board as one of seven national Community Organisers. Here are full details including application info.
Champions for Change is a 6-month community organising, advocacy & campaigns fellowship. It is about equipping Refugee Council members, supporters and refugee community members with important advocacy and campaigning skills and set up structures that enable for strong communication, planning and implementation of effective movement-wide campaigns that span the country.
The aim of Champions for Change is to foster stronger collaboration and coordination in the refugee rights movement, with the ultimate aim of winning more campaigns. As a result of which, we want to transform the way Australian politics, policies and the public perceive and treat refugees and people seeking asylum.
We are building a movement.
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.
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.