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Volunteering

We simply couldn't do what we do without our volunteers. Our organisation depends on thousands of wonderful volunteers, and the huge contributions they make.

Our volunteers help people to improve their lives, and they make our communities more supportive, connected and inclusive. It's what we call the Plus Effect.

What can I do as a Red Cross volunteer?

There are lots of different roles available. You can volunteer to make daily phone calls to older people living alone to make sure they are ok; you can help out in an evacuation centre during a disaster; you can practice your customer service skills at one of our 145 Red Cross shops and so much more. Search our site to see the volunteer positions that are currently available.

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Why volunteer with Red Cross?

In Australia, we have more than 20,000 volunteers. When you become a Red Cross volunteer you join a worldwide movement of 17 million volunteers who are making their communities stronger and more resilient.

About one in three people volunteer in Australia, bringing happiness to themselves and others. Some of the other benefits of volunteering with us:

  • It builds skills, experience and increases your employability.
  • It's a great way to stay active and engaged with the community.
  • Volunteering makes you feel good.
  • Our volunteers receive a 20% discount on first aid courses and kits, and a discount of up to 20% at our retail shops.
  • Access the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent online learning platform which can help both your personal and professional development.

93% of our volunteers are proud to be part of Red Cross and would recommend us to others to volunteer

94% of our volunteers believe in the goals, objectives and seven fundamental principles of Red Cross

Before you begin volunteering you'll undergo training and induction, to make sure you feel confident and supported in your new role. Voluntary service is one of our fundamental principles - these are beliefs and values on which we base everything we do.

Meet our volunteers

James

"I talk to people who are sick in hospital, sit and talk with them and just comfort them, show them my love and respect."

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Bianca

"I've worked since my early teens in hospitality and retail, but volunteering at Red Cross is a completely different field of work and I love it. It's very humanitarian and definitely makes me feel good - it just picks me up."

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Saeed

"Through volunteering I can develop my skills and experience about Australian agriculture, but also I can establish networks. Step-by-step I am meeting a lot of people and other specialists."

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Carla

"Volunteering is highly underestimated. We could all live on a better planet if everyone did their little bit to help one another."

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