Student Life Volunteering Program

Our extra-curricular program recognises volunteering contributions within Swinburne and out in the wider community. 

Join other student volunteers and help make some of our major events such as Open Day and Orientation a great success! 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 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, including gaining experience that can qualify you for the Emerging Leaders Program.

Swinburne student volunteering at Open Day 2023. 

Start your volunteering journey:

Register your interest on the Expression of Interest form

  • You'll get an email from our team with next steps to complete your registration.
  • Get ready to gain awesome experiences, make friends, give back to your community and have a whole lot of fun on the way! 

Get involved in a range of on-campus opportunities such as:

  • Major campus events like Open Day and Orientation
  • Volunteering at forums  and social events
  • Peer mentoring
  • Large annual event (e.g. Pride march, R U Okay? Day and more)


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.

There are a range of volunteering opportunities that vary across the year, examples of previous opportunities students have been involved in include:

  • Fun runs & festivals
  • Online Volunteering
  • Tutoring refugees
  • Skill based volunteering
  • On-site community focused assistance

The transferable skills learned through these opportunities may assist you in your future career.

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)
  • Victorian Safe Food Handler
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Auslan/Sign Language

Other volunteering benefits also include: 

  • 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!

  • Student ambassadors sit at the steps outside on campus and socialise

    Become a peer mentor

    Learn the benefits of becoming a peer mentor to new Swinburne students and how it can be a rewarding experience for you when it comes to finding a job.

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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