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Social Work Volunteers

Employer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Work Type/s: Volunteer
Classification/s: Community Development, Legal & Human Rights, Mental Health & Counselling, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Social Work, Family Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 16 May, 2019.
Applications close: 29 May, 2019. (Expired)

About the ASRC

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. We are an independent not for profit, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are proud to be owned and run by our community of volunteers and supporters.

The ASRC employs over 100 staff and depends on over 1,000 dedicated volunteers to carry out programs that support and empower over 4,500 people seeking asylum each year.

About the Role

The ASRC is seeking qualified social workers, caseworkers and psychologists, to assist in our General Access and Client Services programs.

Volunteers are responsible for assisting people seeking asylum, doing intake assessments, providing information, referrals and support to members. This would include people seeking asylum who face involuntary repatriation, mental health issues, housing challenges and family violence.

What we’re looking for:


  • Tertiary Qualifications in (or currently in final year of studying) Social Work, Welfare Work,
    Youth Work, Community Development, Counselling or related fields
  • Employment, volunteer or study placement experience with case management
  • Experience responding appropriately to clients with high needs, challenging behaviours and/or those who present in crisis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and email


  • Experience in maintaining accurate and up-to-date casenotes and client records
  • Experience in assessment and triage in a Community/Welfare/Health setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • An understanding of the needs and political context of asylum seekers, particularly those
    who have been in immigration detention.

Commitment Required

We are looking for a commitment of 1 shift per week, for 12 months. Shifts are available every weekday from 10am to 5pm. There is some flexibility to shorten shifts if necessary for the right candidate.

A full Position Description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.