UPDATE 30 June 2020:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with St John.

Due to COVID-19, Volunteer recruitment continues to remain suspended. This includes any existing volunteer applications currently being processed.

Please continue to check this page for updates.

If you are interested in joining our St John Youth program (under 18) please apply directly here.

If you are interested in becoming a St John Youth Adult leader, please apply directly here.

Volunteers have been the lifeblood of St John Ambulance Victoria since 1883. For well over one hundred years our volunteers have been saving lives and delivering care and compassion to those in sickness, suffering and distress throughout Victoria.



Our volunteers come from all walks of life - we are a reflection of the communities that we serve.

We currently have more than 2,200 volunteers who on average treat more than 27,000 patients each year in situations ranging from acute emergency situations through to minor sprains and grazes.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, willing and capable people to become part of our rich history of saving lives through First Aid. If you have the time and energy to volunteer we would certainly like to hear from you.

For more information on what volunteer roles are available and other FAQ’s see below

St John Youth

Young people aged 12-17 years can develop First Aid and leadership skills in our youth program, and adults can make a real difference to young people’s lives by volunteering as a leader.


St John Youth Victoria engages young people between the ages of 12-17 years in a First Aid oriented youth program. Youth members participate in regular training sessions, usually on a weekly basis, for up to 2 hours.

First Aid and other relevant skills are developed through age-appropriate activities and training designed and delivered with young people in mind. Service to the community is a fundamental part of St John Youth and youth members are encouraged to attend public events with experienced adult members, including qualified health professionals, to provide First Aid and assistance to the community.

Learn more here.


Adult leaders are St John volunteers with a passion for educating young people. They assist in the delivery and management of the program and the development of our young members. The roles range from assisting with weekly training sessions and supervising activities through to the management of a youth division.

Become an Adult leader here.

St John is able to offer a unique range of opportunities/experiences to its volunteers as it recognises, rewards, develops and nurtures the growth of everyone.

  • Access to a wide variety of roles through which to provide a service to the community
  • Access to a year-round training/development program tailored to suit every individual’s abilities, whether they’re a first aid beginner or an experienced healthcare professional
  • Access to internal training programs designed to develop leadership and specialist skills
  • The opportunity to be part of over 4,500 different community, cultural, sporting and music events annually
  • The opportunity to learn from some highly experienced and knowledgeable experts in their field who also choose to spend their time volunteering for St John
  • The opportunity to become a part of the State’s response to emergencies including floods and bushfires

This is why so many of our volunteers stay with us for decades!

  • A structured induction that ensures that volunteers feel supported, safe and secure when volunteering with St John
  • Placement within a Division that will assist volunteers in their role and facilitate their ongoing development; and provide support at events
  • Access to nationally recognised, accredited First Aid qualifications FREE OF CHARGE and an annual reaccreditation program to ensure that our volunteers skills are maintained
  • Access to specialist leadership and developmental programs that extend personal and professional qualifications and competencies
  • The opportunity to take on specialist roles within the organisation
  • The ability to register for GoodSAM and respond to cardiac arrests whilst off duty through Triple Zero (000) despatchers
  • A uniform that must be worn at events
  • National recognition, via annual service awards which acknowledge our volunteers dedication to first aid delivery and training
  • Protection under St John insurance policies whilst volunteering for St John (some Healthcare Professionals may also need to hold personal medical indemnity insurance)