Frequently Asked Questions

15 September 2011


What is the application process?

The volunteer application process is comprehensive in order to ensure we match the right people for the right job. We will walk you through each step of the application process as follows:

Step 1. Contact us to express your interest. Email outback.links@frontierservices.org or call 1300 731 349.
Step 2. We will send you an Application Form to complete and return.
Step 3. We will review your application and call your referees.
Step 4. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a phone interview.
Step 5. If your interview is successful, you will need to complete a Police Check and Working With Children Check. In some cases a medical certificate may be sought.
Step 6. If positive checks are returned, you participate in Induction and Training and sign a Volunteer Agreement.

Then, we look at where you can volunteer your valuable skills, expertise and enthusiasm with people in remote Australia to really make a positive difference in their lives.

How long is a volunteer placement?

Volunteers help out for short periods of time, usually around one to two weeks. Volunteers are able to assist for up to four weeks each year.

What training will I receive?

Outback Links volunteers hold a wide range of skills and knowledge. Frontier Services provides induction and training where possible to help volunteers to gain the skills they need, if they don't have these already.

What happens with expenses I incur while volunteering

Volunteers are responsible for covering their own expenses for all costs incurred getting to and from, and during placement such as travel, living and accommodation. Any other out-of-pocket expenses that could be incurred in relation to the volunteer work would be negotiated prior to the placement.

What benefits could I expect from this volunteer work?

This is a unique opportunity to experience life in the outback, make a positive difference in the lives of people in remote Australia and see new and different places.

I live on a property and could really use a helping hand, but how can I repay the volunteer?

This is a unique experience for the volunteer. Without even realising it, you would be sharing the essence of the bush, its beauty, its ruggedness and its history in your part of the world. The volunteer has the opportunity to develop a better understanding of outback Australia and in particular to learn more about you and your life.

Can anyone use this service?

Outback Links provides skilled and experienced volunteers to help with day-to-day work on remote properties around Australia when families need an extra pair of hands – while a farmer recovers from injury, while harvest or muster is on, on the birth of a new child, loss of a family member or disaster recovery from floods or bushfires. The volunteer assistance is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Will the property need to provide accommodation?

This will vary with each situation. It is preferable for volunteers to have their own accommodation, such as a caravan, motor home or well-equipped tent. Some properties could provide accommodation such as quarters. In other situations, it may be appropriate for the volunteer to live in the family home for a short period.

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