Philatelic Association of NSW inc.

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Philas Volunteers

The Philatelic Association of NSW, Inc. (Philas) offers the opportunity for people who have an interest in stamp collecting to assist in the administration of our hobby.  This administration is conducted entirely by volunteers, who freely give of their time in their pursuit of advancing their hobby.  For retired collectors, time spent at Philas House can be a day out communing with like-minded people.

Philas House is the home of Philately in NSW and is located at 17 Brisbane Street, Darlinghurst, just off Oxford Street; only two blocks east of Museum Railway Station.  The philatelic activities in this building occupy three floors; the ground floor comprises office, storage and work areas; the first floor has meeting rooms and a  kitchen; and the second floor hosts a well stocked philatelic library.

Key Volunteer Tasks

  • Philas Publicity Officer
  • Desk Top Publishing - to work on Saturdays, capable volunteers are required to assist with the production of the Philas Stamp Auction Catalogue at Philas House on either Tuesdays or Saturdays. This will involve scanning stamps, editing images and preparing the layout of the auction catalogue. Training will be provided in the following: Adobe Photoshop Elements, scanning and MS Publisher. Ideally the volunteers will have an eye for detail and have some knowledge of computers. If you are interested and enjoy dabbling in desktop publishing - this may be a great outlet for your creativity. Phone Bill at Philas 9264 8301 (Tuesday or Saturday) to make a booking for an interview to learn more about this opportunity.
  • Reception - answering the telephone, greeting and directing visitors, and other office tasks;
  • General Office Duties - Photocopying, typing, data entry, computer work;
  • Handyman - able to do minor repairs;
  • Catering - help in the kitchen, making lunches for volunteers, and helping at functions;
  • Stores - looking after stationery supplies, making up “goodies” bags and club packs;
  • Philas Auctions - we need assistance with lotting and describing the material for auction. We also need help with viewing the auction lots; plus data entry for the control and administration of the auction. This latter task requires experience with either Microsoft Access or Excel software packages; and
  • Philas Library - general library duties.


The normal times when Philas is open are on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 3.30pm.  Philas will also be open at other times during auction viewing or for special philatelic functions.

Morning tea is provided, as is lunch if your hours include that time of the day.

How to Apply

If you would like to assist in any of the above roles, then please complete the Volunteer Application Form and mail it to us at

The Philatelic Association of NSW Inc.
PO BOX 220
Darlinghurst NSW 1300

Volunteer Application Form, download pdf (PDF 31kb).
Alternately you can call in and see us or telephone (02) 9264 8301 during normal opening times.