Become a National Capital Authority Volunteer

Are you passionate about our national capital?

Would you like to learn more about Canberra and share that knowledge with others?

The National Capital Authority is seeking enthusiastic people to join our volunteer program and help deliver our mission to build the national capital in the hearts of all Australians.

As a volunteer you will present, or assist with, a variety of interesting and educational activities. Volunteers come from a many backgrounds but they all enjoy meeting people, sharing our history, and interpreting the story of Canberra for others.

What does an interpretive volunteer do?

The activities of Interpretive Volunteers include:

  • Presenting education programs and public tours at the National Capital Exhibition and Blundells Cottage
  • Conducting walking tours of national areas for booked groups along Anzac Parade and through the Old Parliament House Gardens
  • Assisting with other special events such as the National Carillon Open Day.

Interpretive Volunteers interact with people from all walks of life, such as primary and secondary school students, international and interstate tourists, local residents and families.

What does the National Capital Authority look for in an interpretive volunteer?

The NCA seeks volunteers who:

  • want to share the story of our national capital with school students;
  • are enthusiastic about their national capital, its history and development;
  • enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds and working as part of a team;
  • are reliable and responsible;
  • are prepared to attend training and professional development sessions;
  • are able to commit to four hours per week for a period of 12 months; and
  • are open to developing new skills.

What does the training for interpretive volunteers involve?

Interpretive volunteers are provided with a range of training opportunities to assist them to successfully undertake their duties. An induction Day provides initial training in volunteering with the NCA, then customer service, presentation skills and facility specific training are provided.

For their first 12 shifts, new interpretive volunteers are ‘buddied’ with an experienced volunteer. After this initial training period, volunteers may undertake shifts at other exhibition facilities and tours.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in on-going professional development sessions. These allow volunteers to gain a better understanding of the national capital and to improve communication techniques.

How do I become an Interpretive volunteer?

Applicants will then be contacted for an individual volunteer meeting or interview. A letter of offer will be sent to successful applicants. The offer is dependent upon the successful completion of a Police Check.

New volunteers undertake an initial assessment period of three months.

If you have any questions regarding the National Capital Authority Interpretive Volunteer Program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 6272 2962 or email

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