Volunteering opportunities

Why volunteer?

A golden opportunity to gain experience and build networks

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

Therapy4Refugees - seeking volunteer graduates of Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy course to provide crisis contact and support to refugees and asylum seekers in PNG, Nauru or offshore detention centres. Volunteers provide phone, email or online support. Orientation and monthly online case discussion provided. All counselling and supervision hours count towards post training provisional and clinical PACFA registration. Position Description   Volunteer Application   For further details contact Ione Lewis; ione.lewis59@gmail.com  

Max Potential Volunteer Coaches Sydney 2020 - 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.


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 need to be mature, and must have a fixed land line - mobile phones cannot be used.

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 training:

Adelaide: 30 Nov and 1 Dec  2019

Brisbane: 26-27 Oct 2019

Sydney: 2020 dates TBA

Information on volunteering with FDS

Training application

Contact Volunteer Manager 0416 212 426 or Head Office (02) 4782 9222 for further information.


Coolum Hearts, Coolum QLDseeking volunteer counselling or psychology student to facilitate a women's resilience group. Please note, this would not satisfy ACAP placement requirements, but would provide excellent experience. Contact 0476 528 992 for further information.

Pregnancy Counselling Link Brisbane - volunteers for their pre and post pregnancy services. Suitable for students with a passion for parenting. Contact (07) 3512 7999 for further information.

Group 61, Brisbane  - seeking volunteers for their mental health befriending program. Volunteers spend two hours a week over a period of a year with members. Contact 1800 448 448 for further information. 

Youngcare Share House, Wooloowin, Brisbane - currently seeking volunteers to assist staff with daily programs, activities and outings; and for people interested in visiting and becoming friends with individuals or small groups of residents on a regular basis.

Yourtown Community Volunteers, various locations Brisbane - seeking volunteers to support local programs, workshops and activities which may include language, literacy and numeracy tutoring, arts, sports, dance and creative workshops. Volunteers work alongside trained volunteers. 

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 students studying coaching. DETAILS HERE. 

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

SMART Recovery - is a not for profit addiction support program using cognitive behavioral therapy tools and techniques. It is an evidence based behavior change program assisting people with problematic behaviors, 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.

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