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*Note: If you would like to receive additional information on the selection process, please contact a member of our Recruitment and Selection team on +61 8 8364 8500. You can also refer to our selection process online.

 
Personal circumstances

  • I have found a role that I am interested in applying for, but upon researching the country have found that there is legislation in place that will conflict with my lifestyle. Should I still apply? +

    As part of the recruitment process we request that all applicants research the country they are applying to. Please note that we work in some countries that do not permit alcohol consumption, others may have restricted freedoms (e.g, for women, religious expression, etc) and some have legislation against homosexuality. Before applying for a role it is really important to understand the cultural context and legislation of the Host Country of the assignment so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you would be comfortable living in that country. If you are successful in your application, you will sign a Code of Conduct which indicates that you agree to abide by the local legislation in the location for which you have applied.

  • I have a health problem, can I still volunteer? +

    Having a current or previous health condition will not automatically mean you cannot be considered for a volunteer assignment. However, some of the locations that we work in can be quite challenging and may have limited medical facilities. It is important that you are in good physical and mental health when you apply for a volunteer role and have considered the implications of volunteering overseas on your health. All successful candidates will undergo a medical check prior to mobilisation. We encourage you to apply for the program, and our health consultants will assist you where possible in ensuring that your condition can successfully be managed in the specific location for which you have applied.

  • Can I volunteer if I have a disability? +

    We actively encourage people with disabilities to apply for volunteer assignments and are committed to investigating every possible option to enable people with a disability to volunteer. As part of the application process, you are invited to disclose your disability to us so that we can best accommodate your needs throughout the selection process. Some of the environments that we work in can be challenging, however we will make every reasonable effort to work closely with you to try and assist you with any individual requirements that need to be accommodated, either during the selection stage or whilst in-country.

  • My partner and I would like to volunteer together – can you place both me and my partner in roles? +

    Your partner can be excellent support for you while you are on your volunteer placement, however, we are unable to offer to place partners in an assignment. Our programs have a competitive, merit-based application process, whereby the best suited candidates are selected. For this reason your partner would be required to apply for a role in the same location and the strongest candidate will be selected.

    In Bhutan the government will only grant family-specific visa classes to children and married partners of the opposite sex. It is highly unlikely that they will grant a visa to a de facto partner so a short term tourist visa may be the only option for a de facto partner to travel to Bhutan (other than securing an AVID assignment or employment of their own).

    In Mongolia the government will only grant family-specific visa classes to children and married partners of the opposite sex. Mongolia does not issue family visas to de facto couples, whether opposite sex or same-sex. In practice this means that a short term tourist visa is the only option for a de facto partner to travel to Mongolia (other than securing an AVID assignment or employment of their own).

  • I have a partner I would like to bring with me on assignment. Does the program support this? +

    The Australian Volunteers program recognises the considerable contribution dependants make in country whilst supporting a volunteer on assignment. Accordingly, a limited amount of financial support is budgeted to support partners and children of volunteers on assignments with a duration of 12 or more months. Should you wish to apply for dependant support, you must indicate in your application whom you intend to apply for and their details as requested. To be considered for dependent support, you must satisfy initial requirements and be able to demonstrate that you have been in a relationship for at least one year, your dependents are either an Australian citizen, Permanent resident or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Australia to be eligible.

  • I have children – what costs does the program cover? +

    Although the Australian Volunteer Program has a strong commitment to being family-friendly, it should be noted that the support we provide to partners and dependants directly impacts on the numbers of volunteers we are able to send in-country. Accordingly, our dependant support policies and program decisions reflect this. The Program is not able to provide any financial or other support for schooling or childcare, and it is also a requirement that dependants attend the entire In-country Orientation. Some locations are more suited for families than others, and it is the volunteer's responsibility to research schools/childcare, medical facilities, food availability, etc. prior to applying. 

  • Will I be responsible for any costs associated with the assignment? +

    The Programs are fully funded by DFAT. A full range of allowances are provided to volunteers in order to support you while you are on assignment. They are structured to account for differing costs in each country and will allow volunteers to lead a moderately comfortable lifestyle while on assignment.

    This is not a salary and therefore factors like mortgages back home will need to be considered, as well as any related costs associated with dependants (schooling, child care, etc.) plus travel while on leave. The volunteer will also be responsible for any additional baggage fees during flights. It is therefore important to carefully consider whether you are financially in a situation to be able to commit to your volunteer assignment before you apply. View allowances here.

      If you currently do not live in Australia please note that all volunteers are required to attend an Australian Volunteers Briefing here in Australia, which is generally held the same month as mobilisation. As such you will need to return to Australia (at your own cost) in order to attend the Briefing. All volunteers are mobilised from, and returned to, Australia for their assignments. If you currently live overseas it will be

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