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Recruit volunteers

Curtin Volunteers! (CV!) works with numerous organisations to facilitate volunteering activities which benefit the wider community while also enriching the student experience.

We are always eager to explore new opportunities and would love to hear from you if you have an initiative which could benefit from our support.

Each opportunity will be assessed individually and our ability to assist will depend on a number of factors including availability of resources timing, travel distances, safety considerations, appeal to students and ensuring that there is a mutual benefit. Please note the following:

  • We work predominantly with not-for-profit and government organisations; for-profit organisations that can prove community benefit will be considered.
  • Volunteering opportunities can be ongoing or one-off.
  • Most of our activities run during the University's semesters (Early March to late May and early August to late October) though we will consider those that fall outside of this time.
  • A member of the community organisation must be present at all volunteering opportunities to provide supervision and support.
  • Volunteers cannot be used to replace paid staff.

We have two main ways in which we may be able to help you recruit volunteers, we recommend you explore both options and decide which option would best suit your needs. If unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your opportunity.

Partnering with us would mean that we would be more involved in the recruitment and management of volunteers. We will assign a CV!-trained volunteer leader to the activity and they will be responsible for coordinating the volunteers in the lead up to the event and will act as a point of contact for you, the community partner. We will advertise the position(s) on our volunteer database and volunteers would sign up from there.

This is the right option for you if:

  • You are looking to recruit a group to volunteer together.
  • The volunteer opportunity would be an ongoing commitment (i.e. weekly, fortnightly, monthly) at the same time each week/fortnight/month OR a one-off activity.
  • For ongoing volunteering, the shift length should not exceed 3 hours.
  • You would like CV! to be in charge of recruiting and appointing volunteers to the activity.
  • Volunteers do not need to go through an interview/application process.
  • The role does not involve tin shaking or advocacy.


  • You will have one main point of contact i.e. the volunteer leader.
  • Positions are advertised on the CV! volunteer database which has 8000+ users.
  • Volunteer opportunities that we run in collaboration with a community partner are almost always fully subscribed.
  • Volunteer hours are logged on CV!’s database and volunteers may be eligible to qualify for  formal university recognition.
  • Volunteers are provided support by CV! leaders and staff.
  • Volunteers are covered under Curtin’s volunteer insurance.
  • Volunteers would be provided transport in CV!’s 12 seater bus where possible.

Things to note:

  • For ongoing programs, please note that students would be committing to a maximum of one semester.
  • If a partnership is established, the number of volunteers requested by the community partner needs to be reserved for CV! volunteers.
  • Whilst our volunteering opportunities are usually fully subscribed, we do occasionally experience volunteer dropouts. We will endeavour to replace volunteers in a timely manner where possible.
  • Although you can request specific volunteer skills and attributes for the role, CV! is unable to verify these; we rely on volunteers to self-identify whether they meet the requirements.
  • You can view some of our existing partnerships on our website

To proceed with this option, please complete our online form

We will review the information provided and contact you to discuss your volunteering opportunity further.

The CV! newsletter is sent out to our database of 8000+ students every 3-4 weeks during semester. In this option, we will simply act as a digital noticeboard promoting your opportunity and any interested volunteers will be instructed to contact you directly for further information or to apply for the role. We will have no further involvement in any aspect of the activity.

This option is right for you if:

  • You are happy to liaise directly with the volunteers once they have expressed interest in the role(s), providing them with the necessary support.


  • This is a great way to increase the awareness of your organisation and its volunteer position(s).
  • You can implement your own application/interview process when recruiting volunteers.
  • The length of volunteer engagement can be determined by mutual agreement between the volunteer and your organisation.

Things to note:

  • We have a limited number of positions for promotion of external volunteering opportunities in our newsletter, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to include your opportunity.
  • Such positions may also be advertised through UniHub (please note that this platform is managed by Curtin Careers, Employment & Leadership, not CV!).
  • There will be not CV! leader allocated to this opportunity.
  • Volunteers must be covered under your insurance policy.
  • CV! will have no further involvement in your volunteer opportunity beyond promotion through the newsletter.
  • Volunteer hours will not be recorded on CV!’s database which means that they cannot be used by students towards official University recognition.

To proceed with this option and request to have your opportunity promoted through CV!’s newsletter, please complete our online form.