We are putting together a list of useful resources, information and advice to help you create a life that energises and fulfils you. If you can recommend any other great resources please email jake@fulltimelives.com.


This retirement planning checklist from the Queensland Government is a good place to start if you're thinking about leaving full time work. While we know many people don't plan to 'retire' there's still some useful information in there to help you plan and think about the next stage of your life.


Probono Australia is an organisation which tries to help people find a volunteering opportunity which matches their skills, experience and passion.

Volunteering Australia is the peak Australian national body for volunteering. It also runs this volunteering platform called Go Volunteer where you can find skilled and unskilled volunteer opportunities. You can also refine the type of volunteering opportunities you're looking for by geography, cause, time commitment etc. Volunteering Australia has teamed up with Seek in this and you can also search on the Seek Volunteer site.

Men’s Shed - the Men’s Shed movement provides men with safe environments where they can chat to other men and collaborate on projects which allow then to share their skills and experience with others in the community.

Sparked.com is a microvolunteering site where you can make a difference in a few minutes! Just enter your details at the beginning, list the skills you have to donate and then see the challenges which match up with your skills



Government support



University of the Third Age (U3A) is a global, voluntary organisation which runs a series of courses, mainly for older people, most of them face-to-face.

School of Life is a global organisation (with a branch in Australia) which runs courses, events and workshops aimed at increasing your emotional intelligence through the use of culture.

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are free short courses, studied online, which have exploded in popularity in the last five years and now there are many different providers offering a very wide range of free online courses, all of them free. Many of the world’s top universities are involved and the two top providers are Coursera and EdX.

Council of the Ageing (COTA) is the peak body representing the rights and views of people over 50. You can join COTA in your state to help the team in their important work, have your say and also get access to a range of benefits

A thorough financial guide to retirement from the Australian Government which gives detailed advice and information on how much money you might need to retire as well as superannuation and pension entitlements.

IncomeConnection is a new business which helps connect you to a range of alternative sources of income including passive income you can earn by renting out unused space or assets in the sharing economy.