The Australian Institute of Policy and Science encourages volunteers to get involved in our activities. We rely on volunteers to sustain our work as a not-for-profit. We can also sometimes accommodate student internships and work experience placements.

As a relatively small organisation, our volunteer program is not overly formal, although every volunteer has a position description and supervisor. All volunteer positions attract reimbursement of luncheon and travel to a maximum of $10 per day volunteered, and any other work-related expenses.

These are the volunteers we need for 2011:

  • Web Project Officer/s (national): Work to the Executive Director and State managers and with the volunteer Web and Online Development Officer to add news and update content on the new AIPS website. This poisition needs someone with reasonable web skills, excellent written communication in an online environment, attention to detail and a capacity to understand the broader context of the Institute’s work and its stakeholders. A passion for science is a must. This position is available now.
  • Outreach Assistant (Perth): Work to the Executive Director in Sydney to follow up policy developments with potential WA and NT partners (state government, universities and corporate sector) with the aim of supporting the launch annd implementation of Tall Poppy Campaign school and community outreach activites and Young Tall Poppy Science Awards in WA. These positions could work remotely (potentially home-based). We have recently found a placement for a Darwin based similar position, but watch out here for NT opportunity if it does not work out.
  • Outreach Coordinator Queensland: A passion for science communication and engagement would be an advantage as you support our Tall Poppy Campaign Manager for the ACT/NSW/QLD in implementing a schools, teacher and also community based outreach activity base in Queensland. Great admin, computer and communication skills – including written – would be an advantage alongside strategic thinking. PT teacher, or a graduate might be suitable for this position.
  • Program Assistant (Hobart): Work to the Vic/Tas Tall Poppy Campaign Manager to promote the Young Tall Popy Science Awards and develop proposals and partnerships for the 2011 outreach program. This position would initially work remotely (potentially home-based).  A retired or PT teacher or recent graduate might be suitable. A passion for science communication and engagement would be an advantage. Good IT and admin skills considered highly.

The Institute is open to considering other volunteer arrangements based around individuals’ interests, study requirements, skills and availability by contacting us in addition to the roles described below. Generally these are available to Australian residents or those with work rights, and we do not support visa applications for such placements.

Volunteer positions held in 2010 included:

  • Events Officer – national (based Sydney NSW) - Post Budget Health Briefing
  • Web and Online Development – national  (based Sydney NSW)
  • Outreach Officer – national (based Sydney NSW)
  • Web Assistant – Adelaide SA
  • Editorial Assistant: AQ – national (based Brisbane QLD)
  • Editorial Assistant:AQ – national (based Sydney NSW)
  • Editorial Assistant: AQ – national (based Canberra ACT)



I have found volunteering with AIPS a most rewarding and beneficial experience. The AIPS team is extremely supportive, and has made me feel welcome and valued. In addition to gaining experience in a wide variety of tasks and programs, I have benefited from a work program tailored to my specific interests, abilities, and future career goals. Volunteering with AIPS is an excellent opportunity, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

- Edmund Ward, Policy Assistant, June 2009