What is a volunteer?

Volunteering Australia defines volunteering as time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain. Volunteering is an integral part of our community in Stonnington. Many volunteers benefit from learning new skills and getting work experience that can help secure paid work in the future. Volunteering is also a great way to meet people, have fun, and engage with your community.

What types of volunteering work can you do?

  • Formal volunteering takes place within organisations including institutions and agencies.
  • Informal volunteering takes place outside an organisational setting.

At Stonnington, we know that volunteers and volunteer organisations are the strength of our community, and we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at volunteer@stonnington.vic.gov.au to help us connect you to a volunteer role that's right for you.

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Volunteer events

If you would like to learn more about volunteering there are various free online events you can attend. See below to find out more or register for upcoming events.

Below are some informative articles about volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteering in our community we would love to hear from you. Please reach out by emailing volunteer@stonnington.vic.gov.au 

Volunteering support organisations

Looking for more information about volunteering or volunteer management? There are various organisations that can support you on this exciting journey. Please see below.  

Go Volunteer

GoVolunteer brings volunteers and volunteering organisations together. Search GoVolunteer for volunteering opportunities.


Through their not-for-profit law program, JusticeConnect provides legal advice, information and training for not-for-profit organisations. JusticeConnect work to reduce red tape and improve the legal framework for community organisations.

Our Community

Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice and tools for Australia's 600,000 not-for-profit community groups, state, private and independent schools, as well as practical links between the community sector and the general public, business and government.

Pro Bono Australia

Pro Bono shares news, careers and resources to help purpose-driven people and organisations grow their impact. Pro Bono provides an online hub for people who want to know more about the national community sector.

Seek Volunteer

Seek Volunteer is Australia’s largest free online source of volunteer opportunities. Seek Volunteer helps connect people to volunteering opportunities that enrich their communities, lives and careers.

Victorian State Government

There is a range of helpful publications and resources on the State Government website that support the Victorian not-for-profit community sector to strengthen capacity, governance and sustainability.


Vollie is an online marketplace that connects talented people to non-profits, charities and social enterprises for skills-based online volunteering.

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. Volunteering Australia shares research into the state of volunteering in Australia, and provides access to educational resources.


VolunteerMatch helps people from right across Australia match their skills from industries such as IT, hospitality, design, accounting, law and sales to a relevant and rewarding volunteer role.

Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria is the peak state body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. Volunteering Victoria allows you to search for volunteer roles and access information on leading volunteers and professional development.

If you are interested in volunteering or hosting volunteers in our community we would love to hear from you. Please reach out to volunteer@stonnington.vic.gov.au 

Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to all our award winners for our first annual City of Stonnington Volunteer Award.

These awards celebrate the people and community groups whose commitment to volunteering makes a difference to our local community, positively impacts the lives of others and makes our city a better place to live.

Mayor's Award

In recognition from Her Worship the Mayor, Cr Kate Hely, for outstanding voluntary services to the community in the Community Services category  volunteer activities which support community members and promote inclusion, respect and equity.

Winner Krysty Green


Community Service

Recognising volunteer activities which support community members and promote inclusion, respect and equity. Examples may include:

  • participation in local groups
  • involvement with charity and non-profit organisations
  • fundraising
  • advocating for change
  • being a mentor or positive role model for others.
Winner Donald Jones
Winner Elpiniky Papakirikou
Winner Rosemary Johnston


Young Person

Recognising volunteers aged under 26 years who make a positive contribution in their community. Examples may include:

  • participation in local groups
  • involvement with charity and non-profit organisations
  • fundraising
  • advocating for change
  • being a mentor or positive role model for others.
Winner Athena Stathoulis


Community Group

Recognising the impact of services and opportunities provided by not-for-profit groups for the Stonnington community. Examples may include:

  • neighbourhood houses
  • charitable sporting clubs
  • children’s services.
Winner St John Ambulance
Highly commended Rewilding Stonnington



Recognising the work of individuals in sporting clubs or groups who show commitment to enhancing community health and fitness. Examples may include:

  • development programs
  • demonstrating open and inclusive club culture
  • initiating innovative activities.
Winner Chandan Kulkarni
Highly commended Matt Meier


Environmental Sustainability

Recognising commitment to environmental sustainability and climate health. Examples may include:

  • initiating a project to reduce energy use
  • promoting recycling or protection of local wildlife
  • engaging with the community through workshops
  • working bees or meetings
  • raising awareness about sustainability issues.
Winner Zac Chu


Arts and Culture

Recognising volunteers that support the creative sector. Examples may include:

  • providing services and expertise to support artistic outcomes across not-for-profit theatre, galleries, films, performances
  • developing networks and advocacy for arts and culture groups
  • being a mentor or positive role model within the local arts sector
  • showing commitment to enhancing  diversity and inclusivity across the arts.
Winner David Woods
Highly commended John McLennan
Highly commended Neville Smith


Register for volunteering opportunities

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Tell us your interests and we will find a role that is perfect for you.

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