Australian Volunteers International

May 28, 2020

It’s a match! SkillsBank set to transform skilled online volunteering

Media Release – 28 May 2020

As COVID-19 renders roughly one million Australians jobless or working less, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) has pivoted to harness its 69 years of expertise, launching Australia’s first dedicated online skilled volunteering platform – SkillsBank – making it easier than ever for professionals to give back and not-for-profits to access the skills they need.

AVI CEO Paul Bird said while the pandemic has dramatically impacted the way we live and work, it has also prompted an unprecedented display of altruism through virtual volunteering – from hand-sewing face masks to online exercise classes and global music concerts.

“People are hard wired to connect, so they’re finding creative ways to come together and support one and other, volunteering their time and skills and forming grassroots movements to support front-line workers, the elderly and others considered high risk.”

“AVI wants to play its part, using its expertise and systems to make it as easy as possible for Australians to volunteer their skills and for charities to tap into the skills they need, free of charge” said Mr Bird.

SkillsBank uses a new, streamlined approach to source volunteers, encouraging professionals to enter their expertise and availability into a database that charities can search, leveraging skillsets when they’re needed the most.

“By flipping the traditional volunteer recruitment model on its head, we’ve removed all barriers to involvement, for all parties involved.”

“Gone is the need to advertise and field applications or search and apply for roles. Through SkillsBank, charities and experts can simply connect and get started on the important work at hand,” said Mr Bird.

With almost 70 years’ experience facilitating skilled volunteer placements around the world, AVI is uniquely positioned to leverage its knowledge and systems to spearhead this fresh, agile approach.

In keeping with the organisation’s ethos of self-determination, SkillsBank puts the power in the hands of the user, while still providing oversight and support to ensure a quality experience for all.


Media enquiries:
For further information or to arrange an interview with AVI CEO Paul Bird, please contact:

Alexandra Hooper
Communications and Campaigns Manager
0450 351 058