FIRST® volunteers champion the game, inspiring a future built better together.

When you’re a FIRST volunteer, you empower students to be future changemakers. Working side by side with FIRST participants, you inspire them to use their skills to make a positive impact on their communities and the world. Volunteering with FIRST gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge - whether technical or non-technical, learn something new, build your resume, and network with other volunteers and sponsors. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, thrilling, and inspiring environment to make a difference, there’s a spot for you as a FIRST volunteer! #CHAMPIONTHEGAME



How do I Volunteer? 

  • READ the FAQ's below before getting started.
  • For official FRC Regional events, you will need to use the US FIRST dashboard (Applies to the FRC Southern Cross Regional in Wollongong, March 2022)
  • For all other events, please click HERE to access the FIRST Australia Dashboard (includes all FTC and FLL events and FRC off-season events)
    • Create a "Volunteer Profile".
    • Input your personal details & preferences.
    • Apply for an event . . . or several events!
      •  Click "Update" on each event as you select it
      •  Click on the FIRST Australia logo to view the list of events that you have selected
    •  Click HERE to view a 2020 Volunteer Registration Example

Where and when can I volunteer?

Full list of events/dates accessible here:

  • FIRST LEGO League events take place in November & December annually, nationwide.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge events occur in November & December annually in QLD, NSW & SA.
  • FIRST Robotics Competition regional, international events are generally held in March (Australia); and off-season events are held mid-year.



  • FIRST US/Canada:  VIMS is the official system used by the US & Canada to register volunteers, but is also used by volunteers internationally ONLY for FRC Regional events.  You may have an account in VIMS if you have ever volunteered for FRC in Australia at Sydney Olympic Park. The FIRST Australia Dashboard is a new, different system - implemented for the first time in 2020 and is currently in use for all FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge events domestically in Australia for both volunteer and team registration.   
  • Account Activation or Password Reset Issues?
    Please reach out to for assistance.

  • Link to Dashboard Not Working? 
    Again, some school/organisational network firewalls block access to site. Please use an off-school network or personal device to register.

FIRST  LEGO League Challenge

Volunteers needed in all roles including:
*See role descriptions at right

  • Referees
  • Judges
  • Scorekeepers
  • Queuers
  • Set Up/Bump In & Out Crews

2021 Training
*Zoom links for training will be posted emailed to registered volunteers. 

  • JUDGES: TBA October 2021
  • REFEREES:  TBA October 2021

Please reach out to for more information on FLL & volunteering.

FIRST  Tech Challenge 

Volunteers needed in all roles including:
*See role descriptions at right

  • Referees
  • Judges
  • Scorekeepers
  • Robot Inspection
  • Set Up/Bump In & Out Crews
  • Pit Admin
  • Queuer 

Please reach out to for more information on FTC & volunteering.

FIRST LEGO League Explore (Festivals)

FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival are held around Australia for ages 6 - 10.  These festivals are not competitions but rather an opportunity for students to showcase their project learning. Volunteers are also needed for these festivals, and there are a range of roles including "Reviewers".  *See role descriptions at right

Please reach out to for more information on FLL Explore & volunteering.

FIRST Robotics Competition 

The process for volunteering for FRC (ages 14 - 18) is a bit different, depending on the event type.  For regional qualifying events held in March each year, volunteers must use the official, global volunteer dashboard from FIRST Headquarters. You can access that system by  clicking here.   You should plan to begin signing up to volunteer in this system between November and early February prior to the scheduled March events.

To volunteer at any other off-season event for FRC in Australia, please use the FIRST Australia dashboard link at the top of this page.

First time volunteer?  Start Here:
General Volunteer Resources

Why volunteer with FIRST?
Video - Part 1
Video - Part 2
Video - Part 3

Join our FaceBook Community for Australian Volunteers!
Click Here

Volunteer Trainings

  • Volunteering with FIRST is an introductory learning module for mentors, coaches and event volunteers that explores what FIRST is and what it means to volunteer with FIRST.
  • Remote Mentoring with FIRST is a brief simulation training that explores the fundamentals of remote meetings for mentors and coaches.

FRC Volunteer Coordinator:
Susanna Westling

FLL & FLL Junior Volunteer Coordinators:
Adrian & Janine Polhill

FTC Volunteer Coordinator:
FIRST Australia Staff

For more information, please email:

Are you a volunteer with the skills to translate?
All languages needed periodically for international events Down Under.  Please reach out and tell us a little more about you and your multi-lingual skills!


Event Volunteer Role Descriptions

FIRST  LEGO League Jr.


FIRST  Tech Challenge

FIRST  Robotics Competition

FIRST  Policies and Procedures

FIRST  Volunteer Code of Conduct

FIRST  Volunteer Bill of Rights

FIRST  Volunteer Customer Service Training

Working With Children

FIRST  Volunteers should complete a "Working With Children" clearance  - which is available FREE of charge for volunteers in most states & territories (see exceptions by links below).  Please visit the appropriate state link below to apply for your Working With Children Check prior to volunteering at an event.   You will be asked to provide your government issued clearance ID number when registering in the FIRST Australia Volunteer system.   Thank you for your cooperation and helping to ensure the safety of children participating in FIRST!

Unconscious Bias Training

At FIRST Australia we are committed to making our events and programs exciting, engaging, inclusive and welcoming for everyone. At all events, we will have a very diverse group of participants and we want to ensure they have a fantastic experience and feel welcome and included in everything that we do. To help us make this the best event it can be for everyone attending we want to shine a light on unconscious bias and help us be the best we can be in our volunteering.

Help us to make FIRST events awesome and inclusive for everyone!

Click Here for Unconscious Bias Training