Looking for a way to give back and connect with the community? One of the many volunteering groups in Cardinia Shire may be for you!

Whether you’re interested in gardening and the environment, sports and recreation, or just want to give back to the community, there is a volunteering opportunity for everyone. 

If you are looking to volunteer for a local not-for-profit or community group, you can search our volunteers directory. 

Search for a volunteer role

Council supports its many volunteers in many ways including:

  • workshops and information sessions
  • subsidised training
  • volunteering job opportunities.
  • If your not-for-profit organisation is looking for support from volunteers, please submit the role and we will post it in our volunteering opportunities directory
  • The directory is a free service to not-for-profit organisations based in Cardinia Shire, or that service Cardinia Shire residents.

Submit a volunteer opportunity

Council offers a range of free or subsidised training for volunteers to support our volunteer community organisations such as sporting clubs, neighbourhood houses, community asset committees and many more.

Volunteer training calendar February - June 2023

Marketing for Community Groups

This session will support community groups' marketing efforts. Tips and hints for effective ways to develop a marketing strategy will be provided. 

Date: 23 May, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Online

To book: Register here.


Everyday Money Management Training

Learn how to support your clients or community with financial conversations.

This training offers insights into financial disadvantage in Australia & the tools to engage and enable clients to build financial resilience.

This training is for any worker in a client facing role including volunteers, case workers, support workers, material aid and food relief workers.

Understanding financial hardship in Australia (1 hour)

Financial health check-ups (1.5-2 hours)

Map it out, control & rebuild (1.5-2 hours)

Credit & Debt - Good versus evil (1 hour)

Date: 25 May, 10am - 4pm

Location: Chambers, Council Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer

To book: https://forms.office.com/r/70xx0QCdBj

Lunch and refreshments provided.


Securing Your Future with a Funding Plan:

This session will help groups review their current fundraising practices and look at alternative solutions.  At the end of the session, you will have constructed a 3-year funding plan.

Date: 6 June, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Option upon registration to attend online or face to face at the Gallery Room, Cardinia Civic Centre, 20 Siding Ave, Officer.

To book: Register here.


We offer a volunteer training program each term, which is offered by local neighbourhood houses, community centres and Universities of the Third Age (U3A) at a subsidised rate (conditions apply).

The following courses will be available throughout the year:

  • food handling
  • basic bookkeeping
  • first aid and CPR
  • various computer courses.

For details of available programs and fees and to apply for a subsidised place, please contact the relevant training provider directly.

  • More than 500 volunteer organisations work to make Cardinia Shire a great place to live, so in May every year we celebrate our volunteers through a volunteer reception at Cardinia Cultural Centre.
  • Each year, invitations to attend the volunteer reception are sent to 2 representatives from not-for-profit groups. To ensure representatives from your organisation are invited, please confirm your organisation's contact details are correct in our community directory.
  • We hold the volunteer reception in May, to coincide with National Volunteer Week
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