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Explore career paths in charity, social work and volunteering

Discover industry insights, career prospects and how to start a career in the fields of charity, social work and volunteering.

Introduction to careers in charity, social work and volunteering

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission reports that there are 54,000 charities in Australia.

The work that charities do to address a range of social, political, health and environmental problems occurs alongside similar efforts by Australian volunteers.

An overview of charity, social work, and volunteering
An overview of charity, social work, and volunteering
Discover industry insights, career prospects and how to start a graduate career in the fields of charity, social work an…
Not-for-profits, charities & NGOs. What’s the difference?
Not-for-profits, charities & NGOs. What’s the difference?
In charity work, social work, and volunteering industries, there are many different types of organisations. To make thin…
Fields of social work
Fields of social work
Whether working one-on-one or with entire communities, social work boasts a wide range of employment opportunities.
An overview of charity, social work, and volunteering
An overview of charity, social work, and volunteering
Discover industry insights, career prospects and how to start a graduate career in the fields of charity, social work an…
Not-for-profits, charities & NGOs. What’s the difference?
Not-for-profits, charities & NGOs. What’s the difference?
In charity work, social work, and volunteering industries, there are many different types of organisations. To make thin…
Fields of social work
Fields of social work
Whether working one-on-one or with entire communities, social work boasts a wide range of employment opportunities.

Career stories

Get a sneak peek of what it's like to work at leading employers!

Charity, social work and volunteering career stories


Ziqiao Chen
  • Day in the life

Ziqiao Chen

Ziqiao Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce and is now a Developing Coordinator at Monash University, International.
  • Day in the life

Ziqiao Chen

Ziqiao Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce and is now a Developing Coordinator at Monash University, International.
Teach for Australia: Mickie Tanna
  • Day in the life

Mickie Tanna

Mickie Tanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of Melbourne, and is now a Maths Teacher and Year 9 Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College as an Associate of the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.
  • Day in the life

Mickie Tanna

Mickie Tanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of Melbourne, and is now a Maths Teacher and Year 9 Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College as an Associate of the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.
Joshua Page
  • Day in the life

Joshua Page

Joshua Page graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – BCom, Accounting and Finance from The University of Western Australia and is now an Advancement Officer at the UWA.
  • Day in the life

Joshua Page

Joshua Page graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – BCom, Accounting and Finance from The University of Western Australia and is now an Advancement Officer at the UWA.
Ziqiao Chen
  • Day in the life

Ziqiao Chen

Ziqiao Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce and is now a Developing Coordinator at Monash University, International.
  • Day in the life

Ziqiao Chen

Ziqiao Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce and is now a Developing Coordinator at Monash University, International.
Teach for Australia: Mickie Tanna
  • Day in the life

Mickie Tanna

Mickie Tanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of Melbourne, and is now a Maths Teacher and Year 9 Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College as an Associate of the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.
  • Day in the life

Mickie Tanna

Mickie Tanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) from University of Melbourne, and is now a Maths Teacher and Year 9 Coordinator at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College as an Associate of the Teach For Australia Leadership Development Program.
Joshua Page
  • Day in the life

Joshua Page

Joshua Page graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – BCom, Accounting and Finance from The University of Western Australia and is now an Advancement Officer at the UWA.
  • Day in the life

Joshua Page

Joshua Page graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce – BCom, Accounting and Finance from The University of Western Australia and is now an Advancement Officer at the UWA.

Free short course trials

Before you decide on next steps, jump in and test the waters with these free short courses

Ever wondered what it's like to study charity, social work and volunteering? Now's your chance to find out! Jump in and learn key concepts from leading course providers.


Take action for human rights. This course will teach you about the human rights of refugees and empower you to defend them.
Discover the history of humanitarian aid and the principles and values that underpin it.

Career pathways

This is where the rubber hits the road! Check out if you're inspired by these career pathways in charity, social work and volunteering?

Some of them are even recruiting students straight out of secondary school. If you like what you see, why not get in touch to learn more!? These employers would love to hear from you!

Related degrees

So you've decided you might like to pursue charity, social work and volunteering further? Check out these related courses!

While further study is no longer always a prerequisite for a career in charity, social work and volunteering, some courses can help launch your career to new levels!


Certificate

Begin your career making a difference to the lives of young people with a Certificate IV in Youth Work at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Diploma

This qualification reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centered services to individuals and/or groups.

Bachelor

Want to help people? Feel passionate about social justice and human rights - then social work is the right profession for you.