Fequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer if I’m under 18?

For the safety of young people under the age of 18, volunteers and Leukaemia Foundation staff, unfortunately we don’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer. This is because the broad range of volunteer opportunities we have available makes it impossible for us to manage the legislative requirements around Working with Children. 


Can I volunteer with my children?

For the safety of young people under the age of 18, volunteers and Leukaemia Foundation staff, unfortunately we don’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer. This is because the broad range of volunteer opportunities we have available makes it impossible for us to manage the legislative requirements around Working with Children. 


Can I volunteer with my family or friends?

Absolutely, the more the merrier! We know how nice it is to help others whilst connecting with friends and family. As long as everyone is 18 or over, get them registered and signed up for the same role as you via our Volunteer Hub.


Corporate Volunteers

Corporate Volunteers are vital in supporting the Leukaemia Foundation especially at events like Light the Night. To get involved please email our Volunteers and Members Coordinator at volunteer@leukaemia.org.au.


Do I need certain skills to volunteer?

We have a broad range of volunteering opportunities throughout the year, with varying levels of skills involved. All our roles detail what skills you need to volunteer. These will be different depending on the volunteer opportunity.  Have a read of the position description and see if it works for you.


Do I need a Working with Children Check to volunteer?

This will depend on the type of volunteer opportunity available. If a Working with Children Check is required this will be outlined in the role description.


Do you offer weekend and/or evening opportunities?

Yes, however this is mostly for one-off volunteer roles, such as assisting at events like World’s Greatest Shave or Light the Night.


How can I volunteer?

We have different volunteer opportunities throughout the year. You can always search on the Volunteer Hub for current volunteer opportunities too. Take a look here (link to https://volunteer.leukaemia.org.au/volunteering-at-leukaemia-foundation) to find out more about different ways to gift your time and support people living with blood cancer.


How do I become a volunteer?

It’s easy, sign up using our registration form (link to https://volunteer.leukaemia.org.au/volunteer-sign-up) from there you can search for roles, sign up for volunteering opportunities or express your interest. We’ll also send you updates on opportunities near you.


How long does the application process take?

This depends on how you’d like to volunteer with the Leukaemia Foundation. Some roles are as easy as signing up and others require certain checks and additional information. For the roles that have a longer application process time, we’ll tell you about the process and you’ll have updates from your Volunteer Coordinator.


How much time do I have to give?

Time commitments will vary depending on the volunteer opportunity. Some opportunities may be a few hours, such as a special event, while others may be a regular commitment, such as one day a week or one day a month. The time commitment will be detailed for each volunteer opportunity advertised and we encourage you to choose what best fits with your lifestyle.


How often do I have to volunteer?

We understand life is busy, so we’ve made volunteering with the Leukaemia Foundation super flexible. All our roles outline the time and dates you’d need to be available. Be sure to only sign up for the ones you can attend, and of course if something changes you can cancel via our Volunteer Hub or contact your volunteer coordinator.

I heard you want us to sign in and out when we volunteer, why do you need to record volunteer hours?
We want to keep track of the amazing contributions our volunteers make in supporting people living with blood cancer. We also want to thank our volunteers for their gift of time. But most importantly for your safety and security, we also need to make sure we know when you are in our duty of care.


I registered to volunteer but I now have to cancel, what do I do?

If you can’t volunteer any more, please let us know as soon as possible. You can cancel your shift by following the instructions below or by contacting your volunteer coordinator:

Please log in https://volunteer.leukaemia.org.au/

Go to “My Account” and remove yourself from the "Upcoming Opportunities" section.


I would like to volunteer my services or my specialised skills, what do I need to do?

We would love to hear about how you’d like to gift your time with your services/skills. Tell us all about them by getting in touch with the Volunteers and Members Coordinator at volunteer@leukaemia.org.au. We can then see if there are any opportunities for you to support in that way.


I’m an overseas visitor, can I volunteer in Australia?

All people volunteering for us must be eligible to work in Australia in accordance with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) guidelines.

It is the responsibility of volunteers to ensure that they are eligible to work in Australia. If you are from overseas you need to make sure that your visa type allows volunteer activity. For more information visit DIMIA’s website(link to https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/).


I’ve tried to register for a volunteering opportunity but it’s not working.

Please contact our volunteer team at volunteer@leukaemia.org.au.


What are the benefits of volunteering?

Escape from your day to day life and try something different, embrace your passions and support people affected by blood cancer.


Volunteering connects you to others and your community. You get to learn new things and develop your skills which can carry over in to your personal and professional life. Most importantly you get to make a difference to the lives of people living with blood cancer.


What training will I be given?

Volunteers are provided with an induction, along with support and training to perform their chosen tasks.


Where can I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities pop up across the country. Search here to find those closest to you. Most roles are out at events but occasionally we do have volunteers in our offices.


Who can volunteer?

Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer. We do our best to make volunteer opportunities suitable for all. If you have specific requirements to enable you to volunteer, please communicate with our volunteer team at volunteer@leukaemia.org.au.


Why volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation?

If you volunteer with the Leukaemia Foundation you will be making a positive difference to the lives of patients with blood cancer, as well as to our research to find improved treatments and cures. Your time, skills and technical knowledge are highly valued and can be of enormous benefit to your community. Volunteering also means you’ll meet new people, gain experience and have fun!

Our volunteers are treated with the same respect as the paid members of our team and are offered positions that best recognise their skills and personal preferences. Volunteers are provided with an induction, along with support and training to perform their chosen tasks.