Information for volunteers

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Volunteering has many benefits, both for volunteers and the wider community.

This page contains information and resources related to volunteering, and displays volunteering opportunities available at Council and with groups that support the Nillumbik community

Where can I volunteer?

Find different pathways to become a volunteer.

Nillumbik Shire Council opportunities

You can find current volunteer opportunities with Nillumbik Shire Council at the Volunteering in Nillumbik recruitment page:

View Council volunteer opportunities

Community volunteer opportunities

Find opportunities to volunteer for groups and organisations that support the Nillumbik community.

View community volunteer opportunities

Volunteering in an emergency

During and after an emergency, Council is responsible for the coordination of relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. Find ways that you can assist during these times.

View emergency volunteer opportunities

What is volunteering? 

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

Informal volunteering might range from neighbourliness, working bees, or mutual aid groups.

Formal volunteering usually involves a defined role, training and screening, and a coordinated program of support. This page provides information about formal volunteering in Nillumbik.

Choosing a position

You may find that you have a number of opportunities to volunteer and need to make a decision as to whether a volunteer role is right for you.

Seeking answers to the questions listed below will help you decide on the best ‘fit’ or match for you.

Questions to ask when looking for a position


  • Is the organisation a not-for-profit organisation?
  • Is there a written position description for the position?
  • Is the organisation willing to provide you with a volunteer policy explaining your rights?
  • Is the organisation willing to provide you with written information about itself?


  • Will the work maintain or develop your skills, if this is part of what you want to gain from volunteering?
  • Will the organisation provide you with a reference, if you need one?


  • Does the organisation have a Volunteer Manager or other contact person to support and supervise volunteers?
  • Does it offer adequate training and orientation for you to perform your job?
  • Does it offer reimbursement for travel or money spent on behalf of the organisation?
  • Does the organisation have volunteer insurance to cover your out-of-pocket expenses following an injury during your work on behalf of the organisation?
  • Does the purpose of the organisation match your own values, beliefs and interests?


Information and resources for volunteers and prospective volunteers.

Volunteer resources

For information on volunteering in Nillumbik, or support for volunteers in your organisation, call 03 9433 3147 or email

Our volunteer resources page provides links to further resources available to volunteers, volunteer organisations and prospective volunteers.

View volunteer resources

Volunteer appreciation

During National Volunteer Week, 17-23 May 2021, Nillumbik Shire Council celebrated and highlighted the important work carried out by volunteers. 

The Nillumbik community has a rich legacy of volunteerism and it was heartening to see the extraordinary surge in volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, both formal and informal. So many in our community have reached out to help others while taking care to stay safe. 

Volunteers from across Nillumbik were celebrated at an appreciation lunch at Diamond Creek Community Centre on 18 May 2021, and at an appreciation evening at Eltham Community and Reception Centre on 20 May 2021.

Watch the video below to see a recap of the festivities.