UPDATE: Are you looking for ways to help with the recent bushfires in Australia? Here are volunteer opportunities to help evacuees, firefighters, and wildlife recovery and conservation efforts:

Australia, the only nation in the world that can also boast of being a continent, is a magnificent country. As a destination on the wishlist of many travelers, Australia is a sunny, beautiful place with a number of attractions, and you are sure to never get bored. Not only is Australia a beautiful nation to explore, but it also has a number of great volunteer opportunities for individuals who are looking to help.

Environmental/Wildlife Conservation

Australia is known for its beautiful landscapes. However, these landscapes are in fact quite fragile and they provide a habitat for endangered flora and fauna. As a volunteer, you would be working on a wildlife research sanctuary, an outdoor education project, or scientific research.

Marine Conversation

One of Australia’s greatest tourist attractions is the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is located in north east Australia, off the coast of Queensland. Unfortunately, there are many problems that have been affecting the native flora and fauna, and as a volunteer, you will be working to restore the habitat.

Work with Children

Australia has a number of refugees from various war torn countries like Somalia and Sudan. There are many Intensive English Centers in the nation where refugee students study. As a volunteer, you will be teaching these students and also coaching them in sports.

Know Before You Go

Australia is a Western and English speaking country, so you may feel tempted to not prepare too much for your trip. You should however remember that Australia has a distinct culture and Australians certainly have a different style of speaking as compared to their counterparts in the US and UK. There are plenty of resources about life in Australia out there, like Rocky Travel so do a little research before you go!

How to Save Money While Volunteering

Australia is a western nation and thus isn’t a particularly cheap country, so if you’re on a tight budget, try not eating out too often and not shopping too much. Moreover, try to walk or use public transportation as much as possible instead of calling a taxi.

Health and Safety of Volunteers in Australia

As a volunteer in Australia, you’re not required to be vaccinated for any diseases. However, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Influenza if you’re traveling from May to October. Also, because of the prevalence of mosquito borne illnesses, you are recommended to carry insect repellants with you.

Australia is a safe country and as a tourist and volunteer, there really isn’t anything you should worry about.

Popular Volunteer Programs in Australia

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International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
Affordable & Trusted Volunteer Programs in Australia
2 reviews

Trusted by 110,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the most popular volunteer...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers: Volunteer with Australian Wildlife
28 reviews1 interview

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers is an Australian charity organisation...

Top Volunteer Projects in Australia
4 reviews1 interview

GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager...

Love Volunteers
Make a REAL difference in Australia with Love Volunteers - From just $929!
1 review

Sadly, each year in Australia many thousands of precious indigenous...

Animal Experience International
Sea Turtle Conservation in Australia with AEI
2 reviews1 interview

Off the coast of northern Queensland lies the Great Barrier Reef. The...

Animal Experience International
Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteer Project in Australia
3 reviews1 interview

This is an opportunity of a lifetime - working with native Australian...

Volunteer at Australia's Koala Sanctuary
2 reviews

Take up this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what it is...

Wildlife Hospital at the Australian Zoo
2 reviews

Become a volunteer now and have the great opportunity to volunteer...

Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)
Non Profit & Charity Volunteering in Australia with IVI

Work on an animal sanctuary or zoo, interacting with and caring for...

All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response
Volunteer with Australian Bushfire Relief | No Program Fee
New Program

We have suspended operations until at least May 12th at locations...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Volunteer with Australian Bush Conservation Safari

Volunteer in the Aussie bush all while discovering unique landscapes...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Volunteer with Wombats and Wallabies in Australia

Together with Government authorities, universities and zoological...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Reef Conservation on the Great Barrier Reef
New Program

In collaboration with a prominent SCUBA diving operator in the outer...

Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
3-in-1 Reef and Bush Eco-Project
New Program

A diverse three-week program with three different projects to...

GoBeyond Student Travel
GoBeyond Australia: Reef to Rainforest
1 review1 interview

Discover Australia, one of the most environmentally and socially...

Gap Year Volunteer Programs in Australia

Volunteering is a great way to spend your gap year in Australia
  • Pacific Discovery
    Pacific Discovery | Australia Summer Program
    16 reviews5 interviews

    Join our Australia summer program for an amazing 4-weeks down under in...

  • Rustic Pathways
    Mulit-Country Rustic Pathways Gap Year
    Multiple Countries
    20 reviews7 interviews

    A gap year is not a one-kind-fits-all experience. That's why Rustic...

  • Verto Education
    Multi-Country Verto Education First Semester Abroad
    Multiple Countries
    13 reviews

    Verto was designed to give you the gap year experience while earning...

  • Tru Experience Travel
    Gap Year Volunteering with TRU Experience Travel
    Multiple Countries
    8 reviews1 interview

    Have you ever wanted to use your skills in less developed parts of the...

  • Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation

    The Leeuwin’s Youth Explorer Voyage program allows young people aged...

  • Melbourne Grammar School
    Gap Year - Melbourne Grammar School (Australia)

    Each year, the School welcomes volunteer Gap Assistants from the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I volunteer in Australia?

    Volunteer programs can be found across Australia in big cities and their surroundings. The most popular places include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, and Adelaide.

  • Do volunteers get paid in Australia?

    While it's possible to get paid for volunteering, what's more likely is that you will find organizations that offer non-financial benefits in exchange for your labor. For example, you could volunteer through WWOOF or Workaway, in which you will generally be provided with meals and accommodation in exchange for your help on a family farm or small business.

What People Are Saying

The Koalas even like to take selfies

I had an incredible experience volunteering in Calga, Australia at the Animal Sanctuary. I am so grateful for the opportunity to go. I was able to learn about and work with so many great animals that...

We got to take a trip up to Sydney on a day they let us go home early.

Not only did I learn a lot from the program itself, but I met some amazing other volunteers who I still occasionally talk to about the park at which we volunteered. It was a wonderful learning...

View from Fitzroy Island

Volunteering with IVHQ was one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I was so nervous prior to the program but they were so supportive along the way and made sure that you never felt alone...

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