Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop your practical job-ready skills and get more out of your university experience.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering programs refer to those in which students freely give their time to complete student activities for the common good, and without financial or credit-bearing gain in various roles and positions for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Why volunteer?

Participating in a volunteer program or role can not only be personally fulfilling but can also help you meet new people and build essential skills that employers value – like communication, leadership and teamwork. Volunteer experience also looks great on your résumé!

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Volunteering opportunities – browse and register

Explore some of the volunteer programs RMIT has to offer and sign up to start your volunteering journey.

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Become a Student Representative to help shape the student experience at RMIT or partner with staff to contribute to academic program improvements.

Becoming the president, secretary, treasurer, or director of a student club is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands on experience, create a valuable network and build your leadership skills before joining the work force.

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The RMIT Kirrip Program helps students connect with each other, explore Melbourne and talk about the things that matter.

Kirrip Stewards lead Melbourne Experiences, organise events, give guidance to new students and help shape the RMIT student community.

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Peer mentors help other students build their academic confidence via mentoring in specific courses whilst developing essential skills in communication and leadership.

If eligible for this volunteering program, you will receive an invitation to join.

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Get involved with RMIT University Student Union, meet people and develop essential professional and personal skills.

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  • The Science Experience – STEM students can volunteer at this annual on-campus immersion program that brings over 100 Victorian high school students to RMIT City campus for three days of hands-on workshops and fun activities using the latest technologies
  • In2Science STEM Peer Mentoring – In2science places RMIT students studying in science, engineering and health into high schools as peer mentors

What are the steps to become a volunteer?

All RMIT volunteers must have a Working with Children Check and complete a short Volunteer Ready Induction. Follow the steps below to get started as a volunteer.

1. Register for the volunteering opportunity that interests you (see 'Volunteering opportunities' above)

2. Get a free volunteer Working With Children Check (see 'FAQs' below)

3. Complete Volunteer Ready Induction (this will be emailed to you after you register)

4. That's it, you're all set to start your volunteer activities!

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RMITxRUSU Thank You Volunteers Party

RMIT and RUSU hosted the 2022 'Thank You' party to acknowledge and celebrate over 100 student volunteers.

Frequently asked questions

In line with RMIT’s Child Safe Framework, all volunteers are required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing volunteer activities at RMIT.

As WWCCs are mandatory in a range of employment settings, having successfully applied for a valid WWCC will also fulfil potential employers’ obligations, and starting with your free volunteer WWCC is a great way to do so.

A Working with Children Check is free for volunteers. You can apply for a check, renew your card or check the status of your application via the Working with Children Check Victoria.

Yes! Before beginning any volunteer activities, you'll be sent a Volunteer Ready Induction email which will contain everything you need to get started as a volunteer! Your training will involve completing a short LinkedIn Learning module (approx. 43 minutes) designed specifically for RMIT volunteers. All RMIT students have automatic access to LinkedIn Learning.

Many RMIT student volunteers participate in more than one volunteer program. Because of this, RMIT provides a standardised Volunteer Ready Induction, designed to prepare you for success during your time as a volunteer. The topics covered will develop your knowledge of communication, safety, inclusion, and student leadership, all of which are highly sought-after skills in the current job market.

The 43-minute induction is broken down into six easy to watch short videos, which you can listen to it at your convenience or while you are on the move.

Once you have completed your induction, you may be provided with additional training specific to your volunteer program(s).

All student volunteers who complete their Volunteer Ready Induction and volunteer activity will be eligible to receive an official RMIT certificate of recognition.

You can also get recognition for your Volunteering experience through RMIT Plus - a structured program that helps you develop the skills valued by employers.

This service receives funding from SSAF

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.