Student Life Volunteering Program

Join other student volunteers and help make some of our major events such as Open Day and O-Week a great success! Our volunteers action a variety of tasks, such as setting up for events, campus décor, promotions and more.

There are opportunities throughout the year across our Hawthorn, Wantirna and Croydon campuses to get involved. This is a fun and easy way to collect volunteer hours, make new friends and add to your resume.

As well as having a direct impact on the events that we hold throughout the university, there are many benefits available to those that volunteer their time to the program, including gaining experience that can qualify you for the Emerging Leaders Program.

Swinburne student volunteering at Open Day 2019. 

Start volunteering in three simple steps

1. Get a free Working with Children Check

All volunteers are required to have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). It is free to apply for and will be a great addition to your resume!

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2. Complete the Consent Matters program

The Consent Matters training program is free for students and is a vital step to being eligible to participate in volunteering opportunities at Swinburne.

3. Register with Track It Forward

Track It Forward is a website that allows volunteers to track their hours effectively. Use your student email address to register with Track It Forward.


Volunteer in the community

Community volunteering is a rewarding experience, and you can volunteer with a range of not-for-profit organisations. Not only will you develop skills, meet new people and build your networks, you’ll also expand your understanding of ‘community’ and what it means to give back.

Once you’ve completed the three steps above, you can begin searching for volunteering opportunities in the community via SwinEmployBooroondara Volunteer Resource Centre or Go Volunteer.

Off-campus volunteering activities could also include supporting fun events outside of campus, tutoring refugees or even doing volunteering online. There are also professional experience opportunities and internships that could help you get your first job.

Benefits of volunteering

Whether you’re looking to volunteer your time on- or off-campus, our volunteering opportunities are a great way to boost your personal and academic development.

A great benefit of volunteering through Swinburne is that it can add substance to your resume and can increase your employability.

By volunteering you can: 

  • strengthen your teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills
  • gain work- or industry-related work experience
  • build your professional network
  • highlight your initiative, motivation and enthusiasm to employers
  • get experience that prepares you for leadership roles.

Your volunteering contributions don’t go unnoticed at Swinburne. By logging your hours through Swinburne Student Life, you will also have access to free accredited training opportunities such as:

  • Victorian Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
  • Safe Food Handler
  • Provide First Aid

Other volunteering benefits also include: 

  • student volunteer reference letters
  • Emerging Leaders references
  • volunteer certificates
  • invitations to free social events
  • qualification for the Student Life Awards
Stand out from the crowd with the Emerging Leaders program

Stand out from other graduates and gain formal recognition for the employability skills that you’ve learned by joining the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Through this program, your volunteering work will be formally recognised on your final academic transcript. The best bit? The Emerging Leaders Program doesn't cost a thing!

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Want to volunteer?

If you have any questions about volunteering, or if you want to find out more about the opportunities available, have a chat with our Swinburne volunteering team today.

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