Volunteer at Garvan

Our volunteers generously donate their time and talent so we can raise more money and awareness for our important research.

Volunteer at Garvan

You can join them and be part of our mission to find treatments and cures for some of the world’s major diseases.

The Garvan Institute is a registered charity, so we depend on the generous help of volunteers and supporters. We often require assistance in the following areas: 

  • Helping with mailouts
  • Data entry
  • Office administration tasks e.g. filing.
helping hand

Volunteer opportunities

If you’re interested in applying, or if you’d like to be added to our waiting list for any other opportunities that may arise, please download the volunteer application below and send us your completed volunteer application form.


Guide for volunteer applications
Learn more about how to apply to become a volunteer with us.

Contact us

To find out more about becoming a valued part of the Garvan team, please contact Supporter Services:
Phone (02) 9295 8110
or email: foundation@garvan.org.au

Some of our volunteers

When Claire Greaves retired, she was concerned about how to spend her time. “Retirement was a huge step for me. Then I thought, I know! I’ll go and volunteer with Garvan.”

It started being only once a month, but quickly became once a fortnight, then once a week.

“I now volunteer with the Foundation once a week, doing mainly administration work – putting information into envelopes, opening mail, some data entry, and I also help with the receipts for donations. It’s nice – the people are so nice, and it keeps your mind active. If I don’t come in, I really miss it. I think Garvan is a wonderful organisation”

A first-hand encounter with a Garvan researcher was the catalyst for Graham Curtis to support the Institute for fifteen years

"I attended a public seminar at Garvan where I saw a leaflet about volunteering. By volunteering at Garvan I’m contributing to the work of the Institute, which is saving the lives of many people, including myself. It’s also a great place to meet some very interesting people.

"I would tell anyone thinking of volunteering to check out what’s involved and just go for it!"