Firstly you need to complete the Application Form so we can contact you to help you through the next steps.
Upon receiving your application, we will call your referees and contact you to organise an informal ‘interview’.
You then need to complete the National Police Check and the Working With Children Check. We will also encourage you to hold a current First Aid Certificate.
Your help is really needed and is greatly appreciated!
Type of Work
There are a variety of different jobs that you can do on a farm. Volunteer jobs can include helping around the house, gardening, cooking, school tutoring, feeding the animals, and other ad hoc jobs around the house and farm.
Volunteers can also help the farmer with general maintenance, fixing tractors, small plumbing jobs, fixing fences, stock work or even business admin or book keeping. As well as practical help, volunteers provide a ‘listening ear’ for farmers who are often isolated. Every little bit of help is important.
We welcome any volunteers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! People with specific skills as well as those who simply want to give back! A willingness to pitch in and a friendly, positive attitude are needed, as you will be helping farmers in remote locations, often under challenging conditions.
Our volunteers are from all walks of life – tradies, teachers, nurses, grandparents, gardeners, farmers, accountants, students, apprentices and more. We provide volunteer induction and training to help prepare you for a placement.
To become one of our volunteers, you will need to do a National Police Check and a Working With Children Check.
To volunteer you need to be 18 years or above. This is due to the Working With Children Check requirements. This also means that our volunteers are not able to take children under 18 years of age with them on placements.
We encourage our volunteers to hold a current First Aid Certificate for safety reasons.
Finding a farm
Outback Links will support you to find a farm to volunteer. Once you’re registered as an Outback Links volunteer, we will send you regular email updates of the volunteer opportunities available across remote Australia. You can also check out the opportunities section on this website.
When you see an opportunity you like, contact us on 1300 731 349 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
We’ll call you during your time at the farm to check how you are going. We’ll also call the farmer to see that everything’s going ok.
When you get back
We’ll call you to say thanks for volunteering and to hear how your Outback Links volunteering experience went. We’ll also send you a feedback survey by email. Getting feedback about your experience is really important as it enables us to keep making the experience better for volunteers and farmers.
Sharing your experience of what it was like to volunteer with Outback Links can really inspire more people to volunteer, which means that we can help even more people in remote Australia.
We would love to have copies of photos and feedback to share. Please email us and please tick ‘yes’ in the media consent section of the Volunteer Application, as we need your permission to share this information.