If  you are participating in Literacy Buddies or Numeracy Buddies through your workplace, please do not complete this form and speak to your coordinator instead.

Volunteer Application form

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Information about application Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Ardoch. Ardoch volunteering requires an ongoing commitment as outlined in the Position Description for each applicable role. All volunteering takes place Monday – Friday during school hours. To view the current volunteer locations, see our map here.

Volunteer screening requirements

  • Ardoch is strongly committed to Child Safety and has a comprehensive screening and induction process for volunteers. As part of the process, you will be required to:
  • Complete a virtual interview with Ardoch staff
  • Successfully complete several online training modules
  • Participate in a day of training led by Ardoch staff
  • Receive a National Criminal History Check (via Ardoch)
  • Complete an International Criminal History Check if you have resided overseas for 12 months or more in the past 10 years
  • Receive a Working with Children Check in your state
  • Provide three referees for Ardoch to conduct reference checks
  • Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated or having a valid medical exemption
  • Agree to abide by the Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct
Ardoch volunteers must be over the age of 18.

Privacy and Equal Opportunity

Ardoch’s Equal Opportunity Policy guidelines apply to the consideration of all information given. Personal information provided by you is subject to Ardoch’s Privacy Policy, which is available here.

Changes to screening or volunteer requirements

Ardoch reserves the right to alter this screening process as necessary to protect the best interests of children. 
Please note that partner and Ardoch volunteer requirements change, and we may not be able to accept all applicants. 


As an Ardoch volunteer you are covered by Ardoch’s Public Liability Insurance. If you experience an accident or injury, whilst volunteering for Ardoch, you must let Ardoch know by email or phone immediately.

Page 1: Volunteer Information

Personal Details

Enter your preferred name, or retype your first name if it is the same

If you live in a unit or apartment please include unit number e.g. 1/101 Smith Street

Contact Details

Emergency Contact Details

Page 2: Volunteer role and experience

Volunteer Role

Summary of volunteer roles

  • Education Volunteer: Attends a school or early years centre weekly for two hours to provide support to students

  • Program Support Volunteer: Attends an Ardoch office weekly to support program administration

  • Other Volunteer role: I am involved in another initiative with Ardoch outside the programs above and have been advised to select this option

Volunteer interest and experience

Volunteering Experience

Skills and Life Experience

Experience with Young People

Availability to volunteer

Please tell us the days and times you are available to volunteer. The more options you provide the easier it is for us to match you to a volunteer site. Regardless of how many days/times you provide, you will be allocated one regular day/time for your ongoing volunteering.

Dietary and medical information

Note: Ardoch is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that is safe and supportive, that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying

Motivation to Volunteer

Other volunteer opportunities

There are sometimes opportunities to also volunteer with other Ardoch programs (see below for brief descriptions). Please tick the box for any other programs you would be interested to be contacted about.
Learning Through Lunch
Volunteers have lunch with a table of students, using the opportunity to share about their experience in employment and discussing careers with the students.
Mock Interviews
Volunteers do practice job interviews with students and provide constructive feedback to them.
Speed Careers
Volunteers share their career story as part of a panel of speakers to inform students of the career opportunities available to them.
Literacy Buddies
A letter-writing program where workplace Big Buddies are matched with and write to student Little Buddies.
Numeracy Buddies
Workplace Big Buddies are matched with school Little Buddies and share blogs to discuss maths problems and the real-world applications of maths.

Page 3: Child Safety

Ardoch is strongly committed to Child Safety and has a comprehensive screening and induction process for volunteers. The following questions all relate to child safety. 

Ardoch’s Equal Opportunity Policy guidelines apply to the consideration of all information given. Personal information provided by you is subject to Ardoch’s Privacy Policy, which is available here.

Working with Children Check

As an Ardoch volunteer you are required to have a WWC check in the state in which you are volunteering. 

This is referred to as a Blue Card in QLD

Criminal History Checks

Ardoch actively promotes the protection and wellbeing of children and young people. All staff, contractors, and ongoing volunteers at Ardoch are required to undertake a National Criminal History Check. Ardoch organises this through a provider called CrimCheck. Ardoch covers the cost of this check and further details will be provided about how to apply.

In accordance with Ardoch’s Child Safety Policy, we request that volunteer applicants disclose the details of any past charges and/or criminal offences for which they are currently under investigation. An applicant will not be automatically precluded from a volunteer placement on the basis of having a criminal record. Ardoch will examine the relevance of an individual’s particular record in relation to the requirements of the volunteer role. All information supplied by the applicant will be treated with strict confidentiality.

International Police Checks
If you have resided overseas in the past 12 months, it is also a requirement to undertake an International Police Check for the country/countries where you lived. This is also completed through CrimCheck at no cost to you as a volunteer.

Reference checks

Please provide the names of three referees who have known you in a work or community setting (other than a family member) for a minimum of twelve months. In selecting your referees, please select people who can speak objectively about your suitability for the position.
Referee 1

Referee 2

Referee 3

Page 4: Demographic Information

Volunteer demographics

Ardoch is committed to ensuring our volunteer cohort matches the diversity of the communities in which we work. To achieve this, we have some optional questions below that we ask about demographics of our volunteers. Personal information provided by you is subject to Ardoch’s Privacy Policy, which is available here.

This information will not be used for the purposes of determining your eligibility or suitability to volunteer. It is solely for reporting purposes. 

Page 5: Confirmation

Photo/content permission

By volunteering through Ardoch, photographs and/or content created through your participation in our programs will occasionally be used to promote our work (e.g. annual report, newsletters, reports to donors). Please click here to view Ardoch’s Content Permission Policy


Ardoch will communicate directly with you regarding the program you have applied for and for opportunities relating to other programs you have expressed interest in. You will be able to change your interest settings if your situation changes.

You will also be added to the Ardoch database and receive general communications from Ardoch, including newsletters, information about our events and fundraising activities and other Ardoch updates. If you do not wish to be contacted by Ardoch except for related to the program, please tick below.

Confirmation of answers