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Visas and volunteering in Australia

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has updated its website (current Feb 2010) where it concerns volunteers, below we have provided the latest information. Generally speaking if a person's visa allows them to do paid work then they would automatically be able to volunteer. The only visas that need checking are those visas where paid work is not allowed.

Volunteer work tourism schemes
In general terms, you may be able to work as a volunteer whilst on a Tourist visa if:
  • Your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism, and any voluntary work remains incidental to this.
  • The work involved would not otherwise be undertaken, in return for wages, by an Australian resident.
  • The work is genuinely voluntary and that no remuneration is received in return for the activities.

Note: It is acceptable, under the conditions of the Tourist visa, to receive meals, accommodation and/or reimbursement of out-of-pocket living expenses in return for voluntary work.

For further information, visit www.immi.gov.au

Some of the more uncommon types of visas are covered below:

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