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

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, an expo of not-for-profit organisations is on display throughout the week, and to end the week Volunteering Ballarat host the Volunteer Recognition Awards.


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






Festival of Volunteering

posted by pmckee, 13 Apr 2017

The 2017 Festival of Volunteering on Saturday, May 13 will celebrate all the volunteers in our region. Everyone is welcome at this FREE event. Saturday, May 13 10:00am to 4:00pm St Patrick’s Hall, Dawson Street South, Ballarat Stalls and displays will be on-site showcasing the volunteering opportunities in our community. The day will include entertainment and discussions. Below …read more


Volunteer Drivers required – Ballarat District Nursing and Healthcare

posted by pmckee, 14 Mar 2017

We are seeking people to be volunteer drivers to assist our podiatry clients get to and from their appointments.


Wozzles Wearhouse Retail Volunteers and Wozzles Wearhouse Warehouse Volunteers

posted by pmckee, 16 Feb 2017

Do you have an outgoing personality? Do you consider yourself a retail extraodinaire? We need Volunteers to work in one of our three local Wozzles shops and Wozzles Operations Warehouse. You will be responsible for shop sales, cash handling, re-stocking and general shop duties. If you have great customer service skills and think this is the opportunity you have been looking for then Wozzles would like to hear from you on 03 5339 9166


Vision Australia Ballarat Day Program Support Volunteer

posted by pmckee, 16 Feb 2017

Do you like woodwork and helping others? If yes, then we would love your assistance in our Day Program. Our clients participate in various activities while attending the Day Program at Vision Australia Ballarat. Clients are supported in the program by staff and volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you to participate in a supportive, social and fun environment. Please feel free to contact Michelle on 03 5337 4555 to gain more information about this wonderful opportunity.


Alcohol & other Drugs (AOD) Peer Support Leader

posted by pmckee, 02 Feb 2017

Ballarat Community Health Voluntary Position AOD Peer Support Leaders Number of volunteers required 4 Commitment required Able and willing to work collaboratively with other Peer Support Leader (PSL) volunteers to facilitate support group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month. The support group meetings are of 2 hours’ duration. Outside of …read more


Volunteer Senior Football Coach – Ballarat Bulldogs

posted by pmckee, 23 Jan 2017

Senior Coach Required Voluntary Position The Ballarat Bulldogs football team are seeking a Senior Coach for the 2017 season. About the Ballarat Bulldogs and F.I.D.A. The Ballarat Bulldogs are a mixed gender football and netball club for people with intellectual disability, who are aged between 14 and 40 years. The Ballarat Bulldogs compete in the …read more


Volunteers Ballarat Community Health – 4 different Roles

posted by pmckee, 23 Jan 2017

Second Bite Lead Volunteers Number of volunteers required 2 Commitment required Up to 1.5 hrs per weekday Desirable personal skills/qualities  good communication skills ability to be punctual and reliable – MUST be able to commit to assigned shifts for at least 6 months good standard of personal presentation positive attitude to teamwork willing to undertake …read more


Volunteer Newsletter Coordinator – YMCA Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 19 Jan 2017

Ballarat YMCA has been active in the Ballarat community since 1878. Ballarat YMCA is a community-based organisation which delivers programs and services to build healthier, happier and connected communities. We work in partnership with local government, non-profit groups and other community service organisations in the areas of recreation, health and fitness, children’s services, youth and …read more


Volunteering Ballarat News December 2016

posted by pmckee, 20 Dec 2016

Stories provided by the Volunteer Coordinators Network   Volunteer Coordinators Network – A year in review Sue Jakob, Chair of the Volunteer Coordinators Network Executive tells us about the activities of the VCN in 2016 … find out more here.   Celebrating Veterans Health Week Two volunteer organisations share in the celebration of Veterans Health …read more


RSL Celebrates Veterans Health Week

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

Veterans Health Week was celebrated by the Ballarat RSL on the 12th of October 2016 with a musical afternoon. Sing Australia Choir (all volunteers) sang a variety of tunes from the 1930’s up to the contemporary music of today. A solo performance by Hettie and her daughter Alicia – both RSL volunteers, was beautifully done and …read more


An ode to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

In 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ volunteer mentors selflessly: Blitzed the art of Bath Bomb making Wove head-pieces made of flowers Lazed around on picnics Cooled down by swimming Tucked into fish and chips Zoomed around the lake on bikes Slurped through Slushies Proudly attended school performances Sung without realising it Cooked pizzas, cupcakes, sausage …read more


Volunteer Coordinators’ Network – A Year in Review

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

The Ballarat Volunteer Coordinators Network has continued to grow and run more events in 2016. It is wonderful to see more coordinators and managers from different organisations being involved with the Network, and benefitting from the learning and linking opportunities. The bi-annual Network meetings have attracted more people, with an average of 16 attending. Many …read more


LARF Wins Award

posted by pmckee, 19 Dec 2016

Mentors and staff of Salvo-Connect Western – LARF Program gathered at Regent cinemas Friday 21st of November for the Ballarat Youth Awards. It was a great atmosphere surrounded by great people supporting each other. The LARF Mentoring Program was nominated for the “Group Project Award” and we were all able to stand on stage as …read more


Volunteer Positions December 2016

posted by pmckee, 01 Dec 2016

This appeared in The Courier on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. To advertise in future editions please complete the form here


Volunteer Positions November 2016

posted by pmckee, 11 Nov 2016

This appeared in The Courier on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016. To advertise in future editions please complete the form here


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