Volunteering Ballarat is the peak body for volunteering for the City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Pyrenees Shire and Hepburn Shire. We are here to help the community to find volunteering opportunities and to help those seeking volunteers.


We maintain a list of volunteer opportunities on the Go Volunteer Web site.

BROWSE CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES right now simply click here to go to GO VOLUNTEER and search for postcode 3350


OR if you would like us to contact you to discuss volunteering options please click here to complete an expression of interest form.


Volunteering Ballarat support the HACC program by recruitment of volunteers and support of the volunteer managers.  Click Here to find out more about this program and volunteering opportunities.

What is Volunteering?

Formal volunteering is an activity, which always takes place through a ‘Not-for-profit’ organisation or project and is undertaken: –

  • To be of benefit to the community and the volunteer:
  • Of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion:
  • For no financial payment: and
  • In a designated position only.

To facilitate a greater awareness of the issues affecting volunteers, Volunteering Australia, the national peak body for volunteering in Australia developed a set of  ‘Principals of Volunteering’. These principals were developed in consultation with the volunteering sector, unions and government.

Who is a Volunteer?

A volunteer is anyone who provides a service of his or her own free will for no expectation of monetary reward – except reimbursement of personal expenses. Many members of ex-service, sporting clubs and community organisations offer their services to fellow members or to the community by taking on responsibilities such as: welfare visits, serving meals, or organising events.  These activities can be considered as volunteering.

Why Volunteer?

  • Enjoy the social interaction:
  • Maintain skills and develop new skills:
  • Get on the job training:
  • Learn about a workplace:
  • Increase confidence:
  • Meet new people:
  • Enjoy the challenge:
  • Feel needed: and
  • Feel good about helping others.

National Volunteer Week, 21-27 May 2018.

National Volunteer Week is held in May each year.  This is an initiative of Volunteering Australia and followed by all States and Territories.

Volunteering Ballarat treats the week as a celebration for all volunteers and Volunteer coordinators/managers of volunteers.

In Ballarat, every year the week begins with the Flag Raising Ceremony, National Volunteering Week Launch and an expo of not-for-profit organisations is held.


A list of local volunteer involving organisations can be found here

Download our Volunteering in Ballarat Guide and the shorter instruction guide by clicking on the images below:

Vol in Ballarat guide book Volunteer Instruction Guide

Many other valuable resources for Volunteers are available at Volunteering Australia’s website   and Volunteering Victoria’s website





Volunteer Client Services Assessor and Assistant

posted by United Way Ballarat, 10 May 2018

Volunteer Client Services Assessor and Assistant At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, …read more


Volunteer – Food preparer and guest liaison

posted by United Way Ballarat, 09 May 2018

Volunteer Community Breakfast Food Preparer and Guest Liaison At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the …read more


Victorian Teachers’ Games Volunteers

posted by pmckee, 27 Jul 2017

Job Title Victorian Teachers’ Games Manager Description Volunteers are the back bone of Victorian Teachers’ Games. Without our volunteers, we would be unable to create the amazing atmosphere that has continually been a lasting experience for all who have attended. Victorian Teachers Games is running from Sunday 24 of September through to Wednesday 27 of …read more


Ballarat & District Community Support Register – Volunteers

posted by pmckee, 27 Jul 2017

Job Title Community Register Support Volunteer Description Ballarat & District Community Support Register is managed by the Police Proactive Unit and is a program of Neighbourhood Watch Ballarat. Our Mission: To support confident and secure living among residents in Ballarat and the surrounding district. It is a register where personal information (mainly contact and medical) …read more


Good News for volunteering in our region

posted by pmckee, 14 Jul 2017

Funding reinstated for Volunteer Management Programs in the Ballarat Region The volunteering sector is celebrating today after the Department of Social Services announcement; funding for Volunteer Management programs will be reinstated following the Volunteering Australia-lead Tower of Strength campaign. With this announcement, $19.95 million in funding is now dedicated to Volunteer Management Activity from 1 …read more


IT Computer trainer – Pineview Residential Care

posted by pmckee, 27 Jun 2017

Job Title IT Computer Trainer Provide basic computer skills to assist the elderly Number of volunteers required 2 The Role is based at: Pineview Residential Care, Nicholson Street, Ballarat Commitment required 10 am to 2 pm twice a week. Desirable personal skills/qualities: Computer skills/operation of windows 10/vista Volunteer Role Key duties Assist the elderly with activities …read more


Hospital Visitor – RSL

posted by pmckee, 19 Jun 2017

Job Title Hospital Visitor A female volunteer is required to visit female members of the veteran community at St. John of God Hospital fortnightly.The primary purpose of the visits is to offer social contact and keep the Department of Veterans Affairs patients in touch with the RSL. Number of volunteers required 1 The Role is …read more


Home Visitor – RSL

posted by pmckee, 15 Jun 2017

Job Title Home Visitor A mature person is required to visit a widow in her home on a twice weekly basis for social contact. Preferred female as the client is not comfortable with men she does not know. Number of volunteers required 1 The Role is based at: Ballarat Commitment required Twice weekly visits of …read more


Volunteering at Wozzles

posted by pmckee, 15 Jun 2017

“Have you ever considered joining the Wozzles Wearhouse team? Wozzles are so lucky that Shirley considered volunteering 25 years ago.  Before starting her Wozzles journey, Shirley was lonely at home and wanted something to do. To this day we are still fortunate enough to have her friendly face greeting customers in our shops. Shirley has …read more


Volunteers create Quilt of Valour

posted by pmckee, 13 Jun 2017

Presentation of the Quilt of Valour Made by Volunteers and presented by volunteers “On the 29th of April 2017, at the George Hotel, the President of the Ballarat RSL Alexandra Tascas, presented the Quilt of Honour to Alan Daly an army veteran. Mr Daly was joined by his wife and children, and his parents and …read more


A Family Volunteering Affair

posted by pmckee, 13 Jun 2017

  “Featured here are Lyn, Lauren and Geoff Brownbill, volunteers at Ballarat Health Services enjoying the National Volunteer Week afternoon tea and guest speaker event on May 10th. Lyn is involved with the Welcome team in the hospital, Lauren volunteers in the Emergency Department and at Elizabeth Brown Planned activity group and Geoff delivers newspapers …read more


Bumper Volunteering Ballarat page in the Courier

posted by pmckee, 05 Jun 2017

The June edition of Volunteering Ballarat’s page in The Courier was full of interesting volunteer positions.


Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB)

posted by pmckee, 25 May 2017

Running over seven days (and nights) from 19 August to 17 September 2017 there is bound to be a shift and role you can assist with. Shifts lengths vary dependant on the role and you can pick the times and days that best suit you. A gallery attendant for example would typically be rostered for 3 1/2 hours on a morning or afternoon..


Volunteer Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporters

posted by pmckee, 25 May 2017

Lifeline Ballarat is recruiting for its next intake of volunteers to complete the Crisis Supporter Workplace Training commencing August 2017. This is the first step to becoming a volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporter and making a real difference in peoples’ lives. The generous support of the community is crucial to financing The Salvation Army's network of social and community programs in Ballarat.


National Volunteer Week

posted by pmckee, 18 May 2017

Not every superhero wears a cape The local  theme for National Volunteer Week 2017 was: ‘not every superhero wears a cape.’   Because being a volunteer is like being a superhero; unsung but without whom life just isn’t the same. National Volunteer Week provides a great opportunity for us all to say thank you to …read more




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


Thank you for subscribing to receive our regular updates.

Please email me the following update(s):

privacy statement