Volunteer recruitment info session

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 Wodonga and Ballarat teams are looking for community minded individuals who want to support to their community - at local events, festivals and in emergencies.

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Our Wodonga team assists at over 200 events and emergencies each year across North East Victoria. From the local skate parks to bushfire evacuation centres, our team delivers vital care to those in need.

Information Session: Sunday 29th May 2022

st john first aid at events volunteers


Our Ballarat teams are based in their local communities and assist at a wide range of events and emergencies each year. If you live in the catchment of Bacchus Marsh, Maryborough or Ballarat and you are keen to volunteer in the Grampians region we would love to hear from you.  

Information Session: Saturday 18th June 2022

Looking to volunteer in other areas? We would love to hear from you.

Our volunteers are based all over Victoria and recruit at different times based on local needs.

Register your interest


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.

  • Free first aid training and annual reaccreditation program
  • Structured induction
  • Uniform to be worn at events
  • Access to specialist leadership and developmental programs
  • Opportunity to take on specialist roles
  • Ability to register for GoodSAM
  • National recognition
  • Protection under St John insurance policies
  1. Event Health Services - St John Ambulance Victoria provides First Aid services at big and small events, from local markets and sporting matches to school events.
  2. Emergency Assistance - St John Ambulance Victoria is committed to helping the public in times of suffering and danger, providing First Aid services in civil emergencies, including floods, fires and times of distress.

There is no requirement to have any qualifications or skills, as a comprehensive training program is delivered to all members. Once membership has been finalized, new members will initially engage in a 6-month training program with ongoing mentorship and skill reinforcement, along with advanced training opportunities.

Volunteers do however, engage in a diversity of duties and may be involved in mentally and physically demanding activities. Members will be required to deliver at least 5 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and should be able to carry at least 20kg of equipment across a reasonable distance. If required, you will be able to discuss this with the St John team to determine your suitability.

St John Volunteers come from all walks of life and have different time commitments. Volunteers flexibly complete at least 60 hours per year / 5 hours per month of community service, in addition to annual training.

St John welcomes all individuals who are passionate about helping those in the community who are in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.

To engage as a First Responder, you will need to be at least 18 years old.

Due to the nature of our work, we require all adult volunteers to undertake and return a satisfactory Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Working with Children Check (WWCC) – At St John, we are committed to provide Safe Place for our people and expect our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment.

You meet some very good people and you learn how to help people. The amount of patients I've treated would be unreal...many heart attacks, patients during bushfires, people at the football, cricket or a concert.
Mervyn Goodall
St John comprises people of all ages, from different backgrounds. You don't have to work or study in the health field, you might have a passion to give back to the community ad St John is a great way to do that.
Allie Ford