Skill Development Program

The Skill Development Program is an inclusive volunteer program offered by Student Life and Communities DVC(A). The program offers flexible opportunities for you to develop your teamwork, communication and leadership skills and gain a sense of connection to the UNSW community.This opportunity is accredited by UNSW Advantage and is eligible for recognition on your Australian Higher Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

About the Program

You will need to complete 20 hours of volunteering to receive the AHEGS accreditation. Program induction, professional development, workshops and volunteer briefings are excluded from this count.  

Customise your volunteer experience by choosing volunteer experiences and opportunities that interest you and help you to improve your employability skills. 

By joining the program you become a Student@UNSW Volunteer!

If you’re new to volunteering then this is the ideal program for you to experience the personal satisfaction of what it’s like to be a volunteer, meet many new people and be actively involved in our activities. This group assists in UNSW-run events and co-hosted events, for example orientation week, events, video promotions, Information Day, focus groups on a casual basis when you have time.

Professional Development   

(Compulsory) Induction: Every students who joins the Skill Development Program will need to attend a 1 hour compulsory face to face group induction. 


Students - Applications currently closed

Applications are currently closed for 2019. Please check back for updated information about this program in 2020. 

Staff - Request Volunteers

Do you need students at your next event?

UNSW Staff and events co-hosted by UNSW as well as external organisations can request Student@UNSW Volunteers and Accessibility Ambassadors for your next event. Please provide us with your requirements here

Why choose students from this program?

  • Volunteers are required to undertake an induction and professional development/ training or briefing prior to volunteering 

  • Volunteers have already signed confidentiality, model release, code of conduct and OH&S forms

  • Volunteers will track their hours through the Skill Development Program online platform

  • Skill Development Program staff will work with you to ensure students understand and are well equipped with the knowledge needed to volunteer at your event


Contacts and more information


Student Life and Community (DVCA)

Program contact

Jessica Luquin & Osama Khursheed



02 9385 9457

UNSW Advantage Page - Skill Development Program


Messages from students and event organisers


“Wow, I am so grateful and happy to know that I was able to help to the best of my abilities at the Invictus Games. Thank you for this amazing opportunity. It is an amazing initiative and a good motivating factor that every volunteering efforts is recognized and appreciated” - 2018 Invictus Games Volunteer. 

Community Partner

We engaged with the Skills Development Team as we were keen to work with a group of young leaders with interest to learn more about The Royal Flying Doctor Service and have a hands-on experience for one of our community fundraising project of being the charity partner for Vivid Sydney 2019. In exploring collaboration with UNSW, we have found the Skills Development team to be extremely supportive, proactive and a pleasure to work with. They supported us in further developing our volunteer requirements, recruiting volunteers, support in admin and liaison with the students. They also generously offered the University facilities for our volunteers training. The volunteers who we’ve had the pleasure to work with were a bunch of bright and enthusiastic students with a keenness to make a difference in the community through supporting our community fundraising efforts. The students helped us raise awareness about our services and supported us with selling Royal Flying Doctor Service merchandise at Vivid Sydney over a period of 4 weeks. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the students and collaborating with the Skills Development team, in particular Jessica Luquin & Osama Khursheed. Thank you both and the team very much for your wonderful assistance!

Marlous Teh, Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section)
Fundraising Events Specialist
Community Fundraising Team