Working with us

Academy has a great staff team and we welcome a wide range of people with skills as both Paid and Volunteer members.

Paid work positions: Long term Salaried and Short Contract (Gig) Jobs:

As to be expected in every charity there are some paid professional and support positions required to keep Academy operating. 

Volunteer Positions: If you Love cruising, or river boating come join us and share our fun.

We welcome retired and under-employed people, to volunteer in the Academy activities to the great advantage of both the volunteer and the younger people in training on the ships. There are minimal costs and many benefits for those who like cruising. Volunteering with us satisfies Centrelink requirements for older people.

Think about how you could help young people in the Cruise Academy environment. 

As a Not-for-Profit Charity, Academy is recognised by Centrelink to employ volunteers for up to 20 hrs per week without affecting social security benefits. Volunteer accident insurance held by the Academy is a requirement of this recognition.

  • People who volunteer as members of Academy:
    • enjoy participating in the Academy activities and are prepared to donate their time and experience.
    • are prepared to donate their professional time to accumulate logged supervised commercial experience (Seatimers)
    • may enrol in training programs with the Academy

Definition of Formal Volunteering

Formal volunteering is an activity which takes place in "not for profit organisations or projects" and is undertaken:

  • to be of benefit to the college community and the volunteer;
  • of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion;
  • for no financial payment; and
  • in designated volunteer positions only.
Principles of Volunteering
  1. Volunteering benefits the college community and the volunteer.
  2. Volunteer work is unpaid.
  3. Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
  4. Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances.
  5. Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
  6. Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
  7. Volunteering is an activity performed in the not for profit sector only.
  8. Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
  9. Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  10. Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
Volunteer Rights
Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by award conditions or workplace agreements.
Volunteers, however, do have rights, some of which are enshrined in legislation and some of which are the moral obligations of an organisation involving volunteers.

As a volunteer, you have the right

  • to work in a healthy and safe environment (refer to individual state Occupational Health and Safety Act[s]);
  • to be interviewed and employed in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation;
  • to be adequately covered by insurance;   (College has Volunteer Insurance in place)
  • to be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation for which you are working;
  • to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the organisation for which you are working;
  • to be given a copy of the organisation’s volunteer policy and any other policy that affects your work;
  • not to fill a position previously held by a paid worker;
  • not to do the work of paid staff during industrial disputes;
  • to have a job description and agreed working hours;
  • to have access to a grievance procedure;
  • to be provided with an orientation to the organisation;
  • to have your confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988; and
  • to be provided with sufficient training for you to do your job.


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