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Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme is funded by the Australian government and plays a vital role in providing companionship for older people

community visitor girl with older lady

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme is a program funded by the Australian government.

This scheme is for volunteer visits to older people who live in residential aged care, or receive Home Care packages.

The aim of the visits is to build connections and reduce isolation through social activities.

What does a visit involve?

The aim of the visits is to build connections and reduce isolation through social activities that are mutually enjoyable.

A visit could include

  • a cup of tea and a chat
  • a walk to the local café,
  • read or listen to a book together,
  • take part in a hobby, game or other activity you both enjoy.

How do you get involved with the program?

Becoming an aged care volunteer visitor can be a rewarding and life-changing experience.

To be a volunteer visitor, you must be 18 years or over and undergo a National Police CheckExternal Link . Police checks are valid for 3 years and must be renewed for continuing volunteers.

Find out more about becoming a Volunteer with the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors SchemeExternal Link .

Who can request a visitor?

Older people can make a request for themselves.

A family member or friend can make a request, and so can health professionals; or an Aged Care Provider staff members.

Find out how to request a volunteer visitorExternal Link .

Where to find out more about the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme?

You can contact Esis from the organisation Ageing with Grace to refer an older person or to volunteer:

Ageing with Grace is the organisation that is the contact for the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme in Victorian. They can connect your with your your local Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme organisation.

Find out more from the Australian Government about the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors SchemeExternal Link .

Reviewed 07 May 2024

Ageing with Grace

Ageing with Grace is the network member for the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. Contact Esis if you have questions.