Work with us

Thank you for volunteering or registering your interest to volunteer with the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Government assistance for people seeking asylum is being withdrawn at a rate not seen since we opened our doors at ASC more than 20 years ago. Thousands will be affected.

More than ever we need the support of our volunteers who with their dedication, commitment and compassion enable us to provide a welcoming and safe environment for the many people who come to the Centre seeking comfort and assistance.

We welcome you to express your interest in joining our volunteer team or expand your role if you are already volunteering for us!

Please find details below of current exciting roles available:

Food Bank Volunteer

We are seeking volunteers to join our Food Bank team to assist in providing food and toiletries to people seeking asylum. The main duties of this role is to distribute items during the Food Bank store’s opening hours, which operates similarly to a small grocery store. The role will also involve re-stocking shelves and sorting food and toiletry donations received.

Duties and responsibilities include: The role would suit someone who is an effective communicator, as you will be engaging with asylums seekers with varying English-speaking skills and must be able to communicate about what they would like from the store and in return, explain the type of foods and toiletries available. This role also involves some light lifting of food parcels.

Availability & Commitment:   We are seeking volunteers for Monday and Wednesday. The volunteer must be available from 9:30am – 2:30pm. Due to the current needs of the Centre, we ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months to the role.

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Food Bank Volunteer.


Job Advisor

We have multiple vacancies to fill in the role of volunteer Job Advisor. This role provides one to one advice and mentoring to people seeking asylum who are seeking employment in Australia.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Identifying expertise, abilities, interests and work readiness of job seeker

  • Ability to advocate with employers on behalf of job seekers

  • Resume and cover letter development

  • Referring people seeking asylum to training and other services as needed

  • Provide interview preparation when needed

  • Using your networks and experience to help people seeking asylum gain work is key to the role

Availability & Commitment: 1 day per week for 12 months: ½ day working one-on-one with people seeking asylum at the Centre, and ½ at home in preparation and research.

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Job Advisor.


Intake Advisor (Employment Service)

Finding work has a huge impact on the lives of people seeking asylum. This is a unique role supporting people seeking asylum by ensuring employment goals are met efficiently and effectively.

Tasks will include:

  • Ensuring a positive client experience when a client commences with our Employment service
  • Acting as a first point of contact and meeting with clients to discuss skills, experience and employment goals
  • Assessing further opportunities for skills development
  • Supporting the Employment Service in monitoring and identifying trends

Availability & Commitment: 1 day per week for 12 months: ½ day working one-on-one with people seeking asylum at the Centre, and ½ at home in preparation and research – (ongoing).

A position description outlining the selection criteria and expectations of the role can be found here: Position Description – Employment Intake Advisor.


Lunch Volunteer

If you enjoy basic food prep and making quick and easy healthy meals for people from all over the world, please join our lunch volunteer team!

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Cooking lunch, free choice of menu but always with a vegetarian option. Often done together with a team of 4 to split the load.
  • Serving the food “canteen style” to members of the centre, who line up with plates.
  • Helping to wash up pots and clean up the kitchen afterwards (we do have two dishwashers that people rinse plates and use).
  • Packing up any leftovers into takeaway containers and clearly marking them.

Availability & Commitment: 11.30am to 1.30pm approx, depending on how much food preparation is needed on the day when serving. Frequency: upon availability in our roster. Please let us know which day of the week you are available in your application.

A position description outlining the selection criteria and further requirements of the role can be found here: Position Description – Lunch Volunteer


How to apply: To express your interest for any of the above volunteer roles, please send an email to volunteer@asylumseekerscentre.org.au with your resume, brief blurb about yourself and how you meet the selection criteria (found in the position description).

Application Deadline: No deadline. Please apply asap.

Working rights in Australia and a valid NSW Working with Children’s Check is required from all workers of the Asylum Seekers Centre.

We thank you for your support and interest in the work we do.