Key dates to celebrate volunteering in 2018

National Volunteer Week
Date: 21-27 May 2018
Theme: Give a little. Change a lot.
Save the date for National Volunteer Week 2018 
(Now scheduled for the fourth week of May, so it no longer clashes with the Federal Budget)


National Student Volunteer Week

Date: 13-19 August 2018
Theme: Challenge yourself. Be the change. Celebrate each other.
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 2018
Theme: TBA
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 celebrate the vital role of managers of volunteers for effective volunteering.

International Volunteer Day

Date: 5 December 2018
Theme: TBA
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

Early bird registration is open until 30 March 2018. Visit the Conference website to take advantage of huge savings!

The Department of Social Services Scholarships to attend the Conference are now open. The program supports the attendance and participation of delegates from regional, remote or rural communities, and those experiencing financial disadvantage, or from low socio-economic areas. Submit your application today. For more information visit:

Please note that the Call for Abstracts has closed. If you have submitted a paper, the Conference organisers will be in touch to notify you of the outcome of your submission in the coming weeks.

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

Community events

To search/post events for volunteering involving organisations, please click on the following link to be directed to the GoVolunteer website.

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Volunteering Australia events

See below for news about Volunteering Australia events.

  • NEW Conference Program online!

    The latest version of the program for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference is now available. This includes poster abstracts, updated information from presenting authors, and expanded information on the Q&A panel International forces shaping the volunteering sector in Australia. The… Read More

  • Conference Program Released!

    Get ready to Build the Future of the Australian Volunteering Sector The 2016 National Volunteering Conference (6–8 April 2016, National Convention Centre, Canberra) is shaping up to be one of the biggest events to maximise the opportunities and tackle the… Read More

  • Jean Kittson Announced for the 2016 National Volunteering Conference

    Jean Kittson will bring her humour and quick wit to inform and entertain delegates at the 2016 National Volunteering Conference. Well known for her comedy debates for the ABC, Channel 9 and Channel 10, Jean will be delighting delegates as… Read More

  • Volunteering ACT’s Volunteering EXPO

    On Wednesday 23 September 2015 Volunteering ACT will be hosting the 2015 Volunteering EXPO: a one-stop shop for all things volunteering in the Canberra Region. The details for the EXPO are as follows: Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015 Time: 12:00pm… Read More

  • Inclusive Scholarships

    Applications are now closed Thanks to generous support from the Department of Social Services, regional and volunteer-led community groups will have access to the 2016 National Volunteering Conference (6 – 8 April, Canberra) through the Inclusive Scholarships Program. Key Dates:… Read More