With over 1500 volunteers across the country, OzHarvest is always on the lookout for passionate people to lend a hand. From helping at events, running market stalls, assisting in the vans, answering the phones, working with our chefs and corporate teams at a Cooking for a Cause session or even handpicking oranges at a local farm! The fun never ends once you don a yellow OzHarvest volunteer shirt, whatever you do you’ll be helping us to ‘nourish our country’.

If you’ve been searching for a team building with a difference, then look no further. OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a hands-on cooking class open to groups of all sizes. Led by the lovely OzHarvest chefs, teams get busy in the kitchen transforming rescued food into restaurant-quality meals that are then delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.

In addition to bonding over a big pot of soup and experiencing the joy of chopping an onion properly your team will take away practical kitchen skills and the knowledge that they have made a real difference, allowing those less fortunate to eat with dignity.

Cooking for a Cause

OzHarvest Brisbane, 2/8 Textile Crescent, Salisbury

4.5 hours per session, Wednesday to Friday

Food Rescue

 72 Crockford Street, Northgate (will vary depending on location of commercial outlets and partners) 

Shifts start at 6.45am and 8.15am and are 7.75 hours in duration

  1. Read this important document: Volunteering with OzHarvest Information. It outlines full details on our volunteer program, roles available and the recruitment process.
  2. Fill out our online application form here (this is not compatible with mobile devices; please use a desktop computer).
  3. Attend a Volunteer Information Session.  

*Filling out the online application form AND attending a Volunteer Information Session are both compulsory and the first steps to becoming a volunteer with OzHarvest.

Varies depending on activity

Food Rescue: 8 placements available per week

If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.


This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

As an ACU staff member, you can apply for up to five days each year to participate in approved community engagement activities that contribute to the common good, address social justice issues in the community, and help those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.

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This policy has been developed to support staff to participate in community engagement activities and outlines time release arrangements during normal working hours.

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