Volunteering can help you fulfil your mutual obligation requirements if you’re over 55 and receiving income support. More importantly, it can make you happy, give you a sense of purpose, and help you meet people, gain skills and possibly find paid employment.
If you wish your volunteering work to contribute to your mutual obligations for income support, the voluntary work provider and the voluntary work will also have to be approved.
The best place to start looking for information about volunteer work is Volunteering Tasmania. It has a search option called Volunteer Connect. Alternatively, you can choose to attend an introductory session or book an appointment with a referral officer. (Introductory sessions and appointments with referral officers have been suspended during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.)
“Around 4 out of 5 Tasmanians volunteered in the past year, giving 7.1 million hours of their time. Volunteers from all walks of life are a vital part of every community and contribute so much to our society.”
– Volunteering Tasmania2
Remember that volunteer work is work. You will be expected to approach it with the dedication and enthusiasm you would bring to paid work. And because it’s work, you should include it in your resume wherever appropriate.