Volunteering Opportunities

The RACI exists through the magnificent support of our volunteers. We have over 70 active committees spread over the Branches, Divisions, Groups and Board committees that are manned and run purely by volunteer members. And we'd love you to be involved.

The RACI operates with a small administrative staff to assist our army of volunteers deliver events and services to their 4000+ fellow members. We've been doing this for over 100 years and with our members help aim to do it for the next 100.


Why volunteer?


For our younger members just starting out on their career journey, it's an opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and networks whilst giving back to the chemical sciences community. 

For our longer serving members, volunteering is an avenue for those who wish to give something back to their community and to society in general. It is a great way to maintain contact with their networks and provides the opportunity to keep actively doing the things that have provided enjoyment and satisfaction throughout their career. 

Current Volunteering Opportunities


RACI Membership Assessment Committee member (MAC)

Would you be interested in joining this important small committee adjudicating RACI membership applications? 
The Membership Assessment Committee (MAC) is responsible for Professional Assessment, Qualifications and Membership Affairs. 

Responsibilities of the MAC: 

  • The professional assessment of senior applicants for membership, including FRACI CChem and MRACI CChem and advise the Board on their suitability for admission to the RACI.
  • The MAC Chair reports MAC recommendations and assessments to the Board representative who reports back to the Board.
  • To advise the Board on the suitability of Australian and overseas degrees and diplomas in chemistry and chemistry related disciplines as qualification for RACI membership, and to review these from time to time.
  • To advise the Board on specific aspects of policy in relation to academic and practical qualifications for RACI membership.

To volunteer for this valued role you must be a FRACI and FRACI CChem and be willing to undertake the role for a 2 year term.

Please click here to download the Terms of Reference. 

How to apply
Please email an expression of interest to Mary Fletcher


RACI Careers Development Events Coordinators

The Careers Development team, led by Dave Sammut, are looking for volunteers to support the delivery of the 2022 Careers Development events. We have a number of Event Coordinator roles available that would assist in: 

  • Generating ideas for events
  • Working closely with the Mentoring Engagement officer and Careers Development Event Coordinator, support the delivery of the Careers development events.
  • Possibly hosting online events (if you felt comfortable)

If you're interested in finding out more information and expressing interest, please email the Careers Development team on [email protected]


NATA Expression of Interest (EoI) to join the Materials Characterisation Accreditation Advisory Committee

The Materials Characterisation Accreditation Advisory Committee (AAC) advises NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia) on technical issues related to Materials Testing accreditation.

The Materials Characterisation AAC is currently seeking expressions of interest for six positions from persons qualified and experienced in the following areas:
Coal and coke testing

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise.  The duties of a committee member include:

  • review of NATA’s Accreditation Criteria;
  • review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • provision of advice on technical issues arising from assessment activities;
  • review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors.

Further information about the role and structure of NATA’s technical committees is available on the NATA website at www.nata.com.au at About Us > Governance > Accreditation Advisory Committees (AAC).

Positions are honorary with the initial term of appointment being five years.  Reappointment for three years may be possible following the initial term.  Current AAC members may submit an EoI for a vacant, or soon to be vacant position, subject to not already having served more than three terms and they satisfy the criteria for the position.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals and NATA covers all travel and accommodation costs relating to attending AAC meetings.
Applicants must:

  • hold suitable qualifications and have a between 5 and 10 years practical experience in their area(s) of expertise;
  • be committed to accreditation and familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements, for example, through practical experience in an accredited facility, experience as a NATA technical assessor, etc;
  • be committed to abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially, and to declare any conflicts of interest;
  • prepare for, attend and actively participate in AAC meetings.

How to apply
Expressions of interest should include a current resume along with a cover letter addressing the requirements and attributes detailed above and also why you wish to join the Committee.
Applications can be provided to Michael Fraser, Deputy Sector Manager - Materials, Assets and Products at [email protected]

Applications will be considered by the current members of the AAC.
Final approval of AAC membership rests with the NATA Board.
NATA recognises the value of and supports equal employment opportunities, including equal opportunity for appointment to its technical committees.  All AAC appointments are based on merit and the strength of the EoI submitted regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other discriminatory attribute.  NATA encourages EoIs from any person who meets the specified criteria to ensure access to the diverse range of talents necessary for the AAC to fulfil its role.



RACI Mentoring Program

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee in the successful RACI Mentoring Program? 

Learn More