Key dates to celebrate volunteering in 2017

National Volunteer Week

Date: 8-14 May 2017
Theme: Give Happy, Live Happy
Save the date for National Volunteer Week 2018: 21-27 May 2018 
(Now scheduled for the fourth week of May, so it no longer clashes with the Federal Budget)




National Student Volunteer Week

Date: 14-20 August 2017
Theme: Challenge. Change. Celebrate.
A week of events, activities and campaigns that promote student volunteering led by higher education providers and schools across Australia.

International Volunteer Managers Day

Date: 5 November 2017
Theme: Be the Voice
As an official International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD) supporter, Volunteering Australia is proud to celebrate the profession of volunteer leadership. We encourage you to join the #IVMDay17 campaign and make a pledge to “Be The Voice” for managers of volunteers, celebrating their vital role for effective volunteering.


International Volunteer Day

Date: 5 December 2017
Theme: Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere
Volunteering Australia proudly supports International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, to raise awareness on the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world. For resources, logos and more information click here.

Save the date for National Volunteering Conference 2018 | 20-22 June 2018

Save the date for the 17th National Volunteering Conference. The Conference will be held from 20-22 June 2018, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

The 2018 Conference will provide a forum for not for profit leaders, managers of volunteers, researchers and policy contributors to advance and strengthen the volunteering sector through knowledge sharing and discussion. This is Australia’s premier volunteering leadership event, uniting the sector to ignite, invigorate and inspire on volunteering issues. For more information visit

Call for abstracts for the National Volunteering Conference 2018 are now open, with interested parties invited to submit an abstract to present by 5pm on Sunday 19 November 2017. For more information on the abstract submission process, please visit the conference website. Abstracts must be submitted via the electronic submission portal. To access the portal click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624 or email

Community events

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Volunteering Australia events

See below for news about Volunteering Australia events.

  • Save the date for NVW2018: 21-27 May 2018

    Visit for more details.

  • NVW2017 message from the Governor General

    Thanks to Volunteering Australia chief patron and His Excellency the Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) for his National Volunteer Week message.

  • NVW2017 event at Parliament House

    Fantastic turnout at our National Volunteer Week event on Tuesday 9 May at Parliament House. Thanks to everyone who came out in support of Australia’s volunteers. In particular we would like to thank VA Chief Patron and His Excellency the… Read More

  • NVW2017 merchandise & resources now available

    Have you ordered your National Volunteer Week 2017 merchandise yet? You’ll find great gifts for your amazing volunteers at the Volunteering Australia Shop. Be sure to check out the web portal to order merchandise, download resources and help us celebrate… Read More

  • International Volunteer Day

    IVD2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. UN Volunteers is orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they… Read More