Inclusive volunteering

Inclusive volunteering

The strength of the AVID program lies in the diversity of our volunteer community.

AVID is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia and and does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion or disability. We are committed to ensuring Australia’s diversity is represented.

The AVID program recognises the considerable contribution that volunteer dependants make in-country while supporting a volunteer on assignment.  Accordingly, limited financial support is available to support partners and volunteers with children who are undertaking an assignment with a duration of 12 months or more. Should you wish to apply for dependant support, you must indicate this in your application.

To be considered for dependant allowances, you must satisfy initial requirements and be able to demonstrate that you have been in a relationship for at least one year. Your dependants must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Australia to be eligible.

Every year Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people volunteer with AVID to support communities across our region.  The AVID program works with partners that have strong relationships in Indigenous communities to engage Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander volunteers and returned volunteers.

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Is your organisation interested in developing a cultural exchange or capacity building volunteer project involving Indigenous Australians? Contact

The AVID program has a number of LGBTI inclusive initiatives.

Pre-departure Briefings include sessions that address questions regarding LGBTI identification in an international development context. As part of the recruitment and briefing process we support potential volunteers to research the laws and cultural context of the country of their volunteer assignment.

Opportunities are routinely available for Australian volunteers to undertake assignments with hosting partner organisations that promote LGBTI rights.

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AVID is open to partnerships that could assist in further developing inclusiveness for the LGBTI community in international volunteering. If you are interested in supporting Australian volunteers, please contact

Australian volunteers come from diverse socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds.  Volunteers with personal experience of cultural and linguistic diversity can be extremely valuable to overseas partner organisations. All Australians and permanent residents of Australia are encouraged to apply for the AVID program.

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If you are interested in promoting AVID opportunities in a particular country to your community or cultural organisation, please contact

Australians with lived experience of disability have knowledge and skills that are extremely valuable to a program that works to achieve disability inclusive development. People with disability are encouraged to apply for short- and long-term assignments with AVID.

The AVID program creates specific support and health plans for each volunteer depending on their needs. Find out more about the support available for volunteers with a disability.