Community Volunteering

Community Volunteering


The Community Volunteering Guideline establishes the University’s commitment to community engagement and volunteering, and the availability of volunteering leave to support staff who wish to actively contribute to just, inclusive and sustainable societies through activities with local communities.



The University is committed to excellence in research, learning and teaching, and community engagement.

Community volunteering aims to provide opportunities for staff to actively contribute to just, inclusive and sustainable societies through activities with local communities. It is aligned with the broader Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) initiatives undertaken by the University.


Charity: the Australian Tax Office definition of a charity, is that:
  • it is an entity that is also a trust fund or an institution
  • it exists for the public benefit or the relief of poverty
  • its purposes are charitable within the legal sense of that term
  • it is non-profit, and
  • its sole purpose is charitable.

Continuing professional staff members are eligible for volunteering leave.

Continuing professional staff members may access two days of Volunteering Leave per calendar year to volunteer.

REQUIREMENTSVolunteering Leave is deducted from your Personal Leave balance.

Your community volunteering activity must fall on a work day.

You can volunteer with community-based non-profit organisations, charitable groups and groups identified in need of assistance.

You can volunteer with an organisation which:
  • exists for the public benefit
  • provides for the relief of poverty
  • has charitable purposes, within the legal sense of that term
  • is non-profit, and
  • exists solely for charitable purposes
Examples include:
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Australian Red Cross
  • Reading for Life
  • Bushcare@MQ
  • Conservation Volunteers
  • Indigenous Community Volunteers
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Amnesty International
  • Meals on Wheels
View the following websites that help you to find volunteer opportunities: You cannot volunteer with an organisation which is:
  • primarily for sporting, recreational or social purposes
  • primarily for political, lobbying or promotional purposes
  • illegal or against public policy, or
  • carrying on a commercial enterprise to generate surpluses.
  • a school canteen or school fete
  • a garage sale
  • an organisation whose principles conflict with the University’s values eg an organisation that incites hatred or violence.

Guideline Information

Contact OfficerManager, Employee Relations
Date Approved1 May 2011
Approval AuthorityDirector, Human Resources
Date of Commencement1 May 2011
Amendment Historyn/a
Date of Next ReviewMay 2014
Related Documents

Personal Leave Policy / Procedure
Participation and Community Engagement (PACE)

Australian Tax Office
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