Volunteering During COVID-19

Updated 13 July 2020:

Can I volunteer during the current COVID-19 restrictions?
Volunteering is considered essential work. You can continue to do volunteer or unpaid work if the organisation you are volunteering for is still operating. More information here.

What safety measures can I take when volunteering?
You should maintain physical distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others at all times and ensure you practice good hygiene such as regularly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and coughing and sneezing a tissue or your elbow. More information here.

Can I volunteer from home?
If you can volunteer from home, you must volunteer from home. More information here.

Where can I find more information on volunteering?
Information for current and prospective volunteers about how to support the community and stay safe can be found at Volunteer Victoria.

Where can I find COVID-19 daily updates?
Visit the DHHS COVID-19 daily updates website.

Where can I find translated information for people from CALD backgrounds?
Find factsheets and promotional materials here.

If you are well enough and wish to volunteer, here are 3 ways you can help:

  • Register as a COVID-19 volunteer
  • Contact and register with your local volunteer centre
  • Volunteer informally in your own community​: ​If you know people in your community who may be vulnerable and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, whatsapp), just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping for urgent supplies or by lending a friendly ear for a chat. Social distancing does not mean we can’t still be connected with our communities

Register to Volunteer During COVID-19

COVID-19: General Advice

COVID-19: Advice for Volunteers

COVID-19: Stop the Spread

Guide: Volunteering During COVID-19

COVID-19: Ideas to Virtually Volunteer