Become a Volunteer


The Genetic Support Network of Victoria (GSNV), in conjunction with the Masters of Genetic Counselling program (University of Melbourne), has introduced a Volunteer Program. As an organisation devoted to facilitating an information, support and advocacy network that empowers people, the GSNV aims to connect those who need help with those who can offer it.

The idea for a GSNV Volunteer Program came about after students in the Master of Genetic Counselling program at the University of Melbourne completed a community placement with the GSNV. During this placement, students are involved in helping a number of support groups with various activities. Students gave feedback that they witnessed firsthand how time-poor many support groups and their volunteers are and the few resources they have to work with. The time devoted to each support group during placement with the GSNV was only small but it helped these groups enormously and it was from this experience that the idea for a GSNV Volunteer Program began.


Information and Commitment


The program is a voluntary opportunity for individuals seeking some hands-on experience in the genetic health and support group/community environment to work with support groups and help with various small tasks.  

The GSNV acknowledges the limited amount of time volunteers may be able to offer, however also recognises that support groups in Victoria need assistance to ensure they are providing their members and their community the best service possible. The help of volunteers makes a big difference to support groups, as well as giving volunteers valuable experience.  

Volunteers will be asked to commit to no more than one day of voluntary work per week. This is to ensure that duties taken on by volunteers adhere to the GSNV Volunteer Program Guidelines (available upon request).

Volunteers have been involved in a range of duties and roles including;

  • planning and assisting at fundraising events
  • volunteering in support group offices
  • writing articles for newsletters
  • helping with a mail-outs
  • assisting support group leaders
  • supporting members of the committee of management


How to apply


If you are interested in being involved in the Volunteer Program and being matched with a support group, we would love to hear from you.

Applications for the GSNV Volunteer Program will only be accepted between January and April of a calendar year. Applications received after April 30th will not be considered. 

Due to the high volume of applicants, the GSNV advises that not all applicants can be accepted as a formal volunteer. In order to offer genuine candidates the most suitable tasks, please email the following documentation for consideration:

  • A written expression of interest cover letter outlining your interest in volunteering, any skills or knowledge you can contribute and your intended level of commitment
  • A current CV
  • A copy of your Working With Children  Check (volunteer check is free of charge)

You will also need to undergo a Police Check, the cost of which will be covered by the GSNV when your suitability has been assessed. Please keep in mind that volunteers are representatives of the GSNV and therefore respectful and courteous conduct is expected.  The invitation to take part in the GSNV Volunteer Program is subject to full reference and compliance with the GSNV Volunteer Program Guidelines and Procedures.

Please forward your application to  

All successful applicants will be advised of an information session.


The GSNV wishes to acknowledge the contribution of Ms Amy Schneider and Ms Emily Higgs, who originally developed the concept of this volunteer program and who have been vital in getting it off the ground.

We hope you will find this program valuable and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon.  The GSNV is committed to supporting support groups in order that together, we assist the community and raise awareness.


Please note: only genuine applicants will be considered. This program is intended to assist those who are genuinely interested in considering a career in the genetic health and support sector.