Volunteering opportunities

Why volunteer?

A golden opportunity to gain experience and build networks

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Kaye Misuraca, Counselling Student

Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria (ARCVIC) - Providing phone support, referrals and information to those with anxiety disorders.

While studying as an undergraduate student at ACAP, I became a member of the Anxiety Recovery Centre of Victoria (ARCVIC) following research into support services for my son who experiences anxiety and depression. After joining I applied for a volunteer role, providing phone support, referrals and information to those with anxiety disorders.

"Volunteering within your chosen industry while studying opens doors for the future"

I submitted my resume and underwent an interview process. Once accepted, I was provided 3 days of helpline training, database instruction, and the Livingworks safeTALK suicide intervention training. What a wonderful opportunity for further learning!!!!

Management at ARCVIC have also offered to facilitate my student placement.  While thoroughly enjoying every moment of my involvement with this organisation, volunteering here has secured my placement with great ease, within an environment that has me feel comfortable and extremely well supported.

Other rewards include: opportunities to apply many of the skills I have been taught at ACAP, access to a wide range of community resources as well as to the extensive ARCVIC library, opportunities to network among other volunteers, students and community health workers, free training and engagement with like minded people while receiving the enormous rewards which come with making valuable differences to the lives of others. It's great!

Volunteering – the key to a successful student placement!

Finding a suitable student placement can take time, particularly if you lack relevant skills and experience.  Make the process easier by volunteering from your first year of study.

Counselling students - ideally you should volunteer in an agency that offers counselling, as this may then give you the opportunity to complete your counselling placement at the same agency when you reach your final year.  For non-counselling students, apply to agencies which will allow you to develop skills in areas that you would like to gain paid employment.

Write a great resume

Organisations expect you to have a professional resume. Prepare your resume before you approach a suitable volunteer agency.

Review the Sample Resume Format. Use this format to write your professional resume. Ensure that your resume includes ACHIEVEMENTS, is not crowded and is font size 11.5 at least. Three pages is perfectly acceptable if you have considerable industry experience.

Current Volunteering Opportunities


 Max Potential Volunteer Coaches Sydney 2018 - excellent experience for coaching trainees who would like to gain experience in working with young adults. Full training provided. 

 Melbourne Volunteer Opportunities: There are a number of excellent volunteer options available for ACAP students in Melbourne.

The opportunities below are not placement opportunities.  However, they are ideal for pre-placement students seeking valuable volunteer experience in a community agency prior to placement.

All volunteer opportunities require a minimum commitment of 6 months which provides continuity for both agency staff and stakeholders and allows volunteers to get the most out of their experience.

A Working with Children Check and current National Police Check may be required as part the Recruitment & Selection Process

 Please note that since these are not ACAP placements it is your responsibility to check that the agency provides volunteer insurance.

Melbourne volunteer opportunities: DETAILS HERE.


*NEW* Family Drug Support (FDS), Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane - telephone support. Excellent  preparation experience for your final year placement. FDS is primarily made up of volunteers who have experienced first-hand the trauma and chaos of having family members with drug dependency. Students needs to be mature, and have a land line.

FDS is a caring, non-religious and non-judgmental organisation that offers support to the Friends and families of drug users. Training for volunteer Counsellors focuses on reflective listening and motivational interviewing which are highly sought after skills and experience by our placement agencies. Students with experience get the best placements and often the best job offers, so start ASAP to ensure you have one or two years experience by your final year and placement.

Students with experience get the best placements and often the best job offers, so start ASAP to ensure you have one or two years experience by your final year and placement.

Volunteers are rostered on for a monthly shift.  

Upcoming trainings: 

Sydney; 2-3 December 2017. DETAILS HERE.  Applications closed

Adelaide; 13-14 January 2018. DETAILS HERE. Applications closed

Brisbane; 17-18 February 2018. DETAILS HERE.


Skattle, Brisbane; Overseas Program India. Information brochure. Please note; this program does not satisfy ACAP placement requirements.


The Helmsman Project Volunteers Sydney -a great opportunity for any student  who intends to pursue a career path working with young adolescents - Great experience for your resume! DETAILS HERE. 

ReachOut Youth Volunteers Sydney -most appropriate for VET students or SoC students studying coaching. DETAILS HERE.

Raise Foundation Sydney and Melbourne - A great chance to get some experience counselling young people.

SMART Recovery is not-for-profit addiction support program that uses cognitive behavioural therapy tools and techniques. It's an evidence-based behaviour change program assisting people with any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others. Weekly support meetings are run across the country which are free and open to all. Smart Recovery provide 2-day training courses for individuals wanting to learn how to administer the program.


CANCAN Volunteer Hub

We are seeking volunteers to work in our community phone support team providing peer and practical support to people who have recently been discharged from a mental health unit.

  • Certification such as Cert IV in Mental Health, AOD, Community Services, Counselling or higher qualification and lived experience of mental illness are essential.
  • Shifts are from 5-9 pm various days.
  • Our office is in the Liverpool or Belrose area.

This offers a privileged experience to give fellow consumers support, many of whom are living in isolated conditions.

We will provide training in :

  • Peer Support,
  • Trauma Informed Practice,
  • Suicide Prevention,
  • Dealing with the Bereaved.

Please forward you resume to team.leaders@canmentalhealth.org.au

Further information regarding our work is available online at www.canmentalhealth.org.au 


       Quest for Life Foundation - please contact Keri Ahmet (E: keri@questforlife.com.au, T: 02 4883 6599)


The Smith Family - many different opportunities - particularly for rural and regional students to build a network of contacts ready for your placement search


Mission Australia - many varied opportunities to volunteer and build your network


Australian Red Cross - opportunities in every state and territory as well as overseas


 Salvation Army Volunteering


 Baptist Care (NSW) Volunteering


Go Volunteer


Wesley Mission Victoria Volunteering


Inclusion Melbourne Volunteering


Brisbane/Gold Coast volunteer opportunities


Wesley Mission - NSW


Northern Rivers Community Gateway NSW


Do Something Near You - NSW


Catholic Community Services NSW/ACT


Volunteer Match


Volunteer Centres in NSW


Starlight Children's foundation


Volunteering Australia


Seek Volunteer


The Centre for Volunteering


Lifeline Volunteering


UnitingCare Community (QLD) Volunteering


Doncare Community Services (VIC) Volunteering


 The Learning Project




Hummingbird House - Brisbane