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Australian Volunteers for International Development

2013/14 Estimated Outcome: $55.3 million

2014/15 Budget Estimate: $56.6 million

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program promotes economic growth and poverty reduction in the Indo-Pacific region by assisting host organisations to deliver effective and sustainable development outcomes.

Through the AVID program, members of the Australian community have the opportunity to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries.

Australian volunteers mobilised through the AVID program work with a range of host organisations including:

  • non-government and civil society organisations
  • government agencies
  • educational institutions
  • humanitarian organisations
  • private sector enterprises
  • United Nations agencies.

Australian volunteers contribute to positive outcomes for the host organisation and play a public diplomacy role by promoting a positive perception of Australia in the region.

The AVID program is funded and delivered by DFAT in partnership with three organisations:

  • Australian Red Cross
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Scope Global.

Are you interested in volunteering? Visit the Australian Volunteers for International Development website.

Why we give aid

The goal of the AVID program is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction and advance Australia’s reputation and relationships in the region.

Becoming a volunteer

A wide range of professional skills are needed to contribute to development across the globe. The sectors most commonly requested by overseas partners are listed below, but can include others depending on priorities and needs. Most assignments require qualifications and demonstrated professional experience.

  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Business, marketing and tourism
  • Communications and media
  • Community and social development
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Education and training
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Information technology
  • Law and justice
  • Management, administration and human resources
  • Skilled trades

Australian partner organisations

To encourage greater community involvement, Australian organisations can become an Australian partner organisation. This includes government departments, educational institutions, non-government organisations (NGOs) and private sector enterprises. This is a great way for Australian organisations to develop new relationships with organisations overseas, or to strengthen existing links.

More information for Australian partner organisations

Host organisations

Volunteers are placed within host organisations in many countries, including NGOs, universities and government departments, multilateral organisations and the private sector. Volunteers work with colleagues in these host organisations throughout their assignment and contribute to building capacity within the organisation.

Host organisations in country provide management and support to Australian volunteers, as well as assist in achieving assignment objectives. Responsibilities of host organisations include:

  • providing supervision
  • identifying counterpart staff
  • providing a safe and secure working environment with adequate workplace facilities and resources
  • committing to sustainable development and capacity building.

More information about host organisations

Media and resources

Last reviewed: 17 December, 2014