Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us


Volunteers enhance, enrich and extend the programs and services offered by Cancer Council WA. The valuable skills that volunteers willingly bring to the organisation are recognised, appreciated and make a positive difference. If you would like to volunteer with us please see our volunteer vacancies page or read on for more information.

Why volunteer with us?

  • Participate in meaningful work with the leading cancer charity in WA
  • Make a difference to those affected by cancer
  • Be part of a dynamic professional and well managed team
  • Put your skills to good use
  • Increase your social networks
  • Learn new skills
  • Develop valuable experience

How can you help?

Fundraising Events - One of the most important and enjoyable ways to help is by volunteering at our fundraising events

Support for people affected by cancer - We have developed a range of information, practical and emotional support services to assist patients and their families.

Administrative and program support - As a charity we aim to minimise the amount of money spent administering our services and programs to ensure each dollar donated gets to the people who need it most.... those affected by cancer and our dedicated cancer researchers

Short term projects - Volunteering on short term projects suits people who are keen to help but prefer to work within a defined time frame

Pro bono - Offers of skilled, professional support are encouraged and welcome to enhance and improve our programs and business management systems

Tertiary students - There are opportunities for university students to be involved in short term projects as part of their course work, or as a short term volunteer. Most opportunities will relate to participation in a cancer prevention or early intervention project; however there may be other opportunities advertised from time to time

Corporate groups - There are occasional opportunities for corporate groups to be involved in corporate volunteering within a team building framework. Active particpation in major Cancer Council fundraising events is one of the key ways corporate groups can provide support for the cause. If your workplace is interested in volunteering at CCWA, there are a range of options available - please contact our Corporate Relations Team on 08 9212 4333 or corporaterelations@cancerwa.asn.au.

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What is our philosophy towards volunteer involvement?

Cancer Council WA is committed to involving volunteers based on the National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not for Profit Organisations. This means a quality framework for planning, recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers is used, as well as recognising the invaluable contribution made to the work of Cancer Council WA and the community.

Volunteer rights

Volunteers have the right to...
  • work in a healthy and safe environment (refer various Occupational Health and Safety Act[s])
  • be interviewed and engaged in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • be adequately covered by insurance
  • be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation for which you are working
  • be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses
  • be given a copy of the organisation's volunteer policy and any other policy that affects your work
  • not fill a position previously held by a paid worker
  • not do the work of paid staff during industrial disputes
  • have a job description and agreed working hours
  • have access to a grievance procedure
  • be provided with an orientation to the organisation
  • have confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988, and
  • be provided with sufficient training to do your job 

How to get involved as a volunteer

Job assignments are developed for each volunteer position, and outline the responsibilities, skills, time required as well as the contact person for that assignment. Please see our volunteers vacancies page for current volunteering opportunities and apply following the instructions on each individual vacancy.

If there are currently no vacancies that suit you, please subscribe to our Volunteer Voice eNewsletter. We'll send you the latest volunteer vacancies and other opportunities to be involved in Cancer Council WA events each month.

Please note, we don't keep general expressions of interest for volunteers, so the best way to get involved as a volunteer is to subscribe below and apply for vacancies as they arise.

Subscribe to our Volunteer Voice eNewsletter.

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