Volunteering

To join our team:

  1. View our volunteer handbook(PDF, 405KB)
  2. Complete the online registration form

Council has volunteer opportunities in the following programs:

Tourism/Visitor Information Centres
Volunteers help meet and greet more than 250,000 visitors to the Surf Coast each year.

Events
Volunteers play a crucial role in the smooth running of more than 300 events in the Surf Coast each year. Search the events calendar and contact event organisers to get involved.

Volunteering in an emergency

There are many organisations to join and help in an emergency.  Most require volunteers to be trained and ready for events before they occur.

Check out this fact sheet on volunteering in an emergency(PDF, 184KB)

Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service occasionally needs help to transport pre-ordered baby and nursery items from Geelong Mums in South Geelong, to the Torquay Children’s Hub. Note: there are volunteer eligibility requirements to work with MCH.

Free community training for volunteers

Council will provide free training sessions to support the many volunteers in Surf Coast Shire’s not-for-profit groups, clubs and incorporated associations. This is part of Council’s commitment to volunteers and volunteering, as outlined in our Volunteer Policy(PDF, 261KB).

The training is aimed at committee members and will cover a range of topics, from grant writing, to good financial management, event planning and other information. The chosen topics are the priorities that emerged from an earlier consultation, which is helping develop a Community Development Strategy.

The training will be offered across the four larger towns across the shire - Anglesea, Lorne, Torquay and Winchelsea – on a Wednesday night (7pm – 8:30pm) on the following dates:

Anglesea: 19 February, 15 April, 24 June, 19 August, 28 October

Lorne: 5 February, 1 April, 10 June, 5 August, 14 October    

Torquay: 18 March, 27 May, 22 July, 16 September, 25 November

Winchelsea: 4 March, 13 May, 8 July, 2 September, 11 November

Bookings are essential (for catering, room comfort and resource planning) - Please email volunteering@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.

Contact us for more information

Phone: 5261 0600 and ask for the volunteer advisor
Email: volunteering@surfcoast.vic.gov.au

To join our team:

  1. View our volunteer handbook(PDF, 405KB)
  2. Complete the online registration form

Other volunteering organisations and services:

Surf Coast Shire Council is a Child Safe organisation. Volunteers will be required to have a current Working With Children Check, and agree to a National Police Check.