How to apply

Being invited to live and work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a rare privilege and a unique opportunity to make a personal contribution to practical reconciliation. Offering your time and skills is a very generous act which reflects your commitment to helping Indigenous communities create a brighter future, for generations to come.

All ICV projects are driven and led by the communities we work with. ICV receives many applications from talented and enthusiastic volunteers, so it’s important to understand that the final decision on which volunteer will be invited to participate in a project rests entirely with the community. We cannot, therefore, offer any guarantee of a placement.

• Request an application form from Jason Haines at

• Fill in the form and return with your CV to

• You will receive regular updates and information that will help you to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in preparation for volunteering in the field

• If your skills are identified as a match for a current project you will be contacted by the volunteer team – note that as many as three volunteers will be put forward for a project and it is up to the community to decide which volunteer they want to work with

• You and your referees will then be interviewed over the phone by a member of the volunteer team – just like a job interview

• You will be asked to complete a police check form and send back to ICV

• You will be sent a medical form to take to your doctor to confirm you are fit to work in the field

• You will be asked to supply any certificates (for example working with children check) that are relevant to the specific project. ICV will help you with these forms should you require them.

• If everything above is OK you will be invited to your local ICV office to undertake an ICV induction and cultural awareness training

• If successful you will then be contacted by the Community Development Officer to update you further about the specific project in due course.