2020-21 FIRST® Australia Season

FIRST Australia Dashboard

Ready to Volunteer? 

Where and when can I volunteer?

  • CLICK HERE to access our  real-time updates in a Google spreadsheet for all seasonal program dates, locations & event contacts.
  • Navigate via the sheet tabs to view the program events you are interested in!D
FAQ’s/Known Issues:
  • FIRST US/Canada:  VIMS is the system used by the US & Canada to register volunteers.  You may have an account in VIMS if you have ever volunteered for FRC in Australian at Sydney Olympic Park.  Our FIRST Australia Dashboard is a new, different system - implemented for the first time in 2020 and you will need to create a new account in this new dashboard to volunteer for FLL and FTC.
  • Account Activation or Password Reset Issues?
    Some school/organisational network firewalls have been quarantining the activation email required to create an account.  Generally, the email shows up in quarantine reports rather than spam filter.   If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please reach out to FIRST Australia:   first.australia@mq.edu.auxxx
  • 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:   *Click here for Volunteer Role Descriptions

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

2020-21 Training
*Zoom links for training will be posted emailed to registered volunteers. 

  • JUDGES: 7 - 9 pm AEST, 20 October 2020
  • REFEREES:  7 pm - 9 pm AEST,  21 October 2020

Please reach out to first.australia@mq.edu.au for more information on FLL & volunteering.

FIRST  Tech Challenge 

Volunteers needed in all roles including: *Click here for Volunteer Role Descriptions

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

Please reach out to first.australia@mq.edu.au for more information on FTC & volunteering.

FIRST LEGO League Explore (Expos)

FIRST LEGO League Explore Expos are held around Australia for ages 6 - 10.  These expos are not competitions but rather an opportunity for students to showcase their project learning. Volunteers are also needed for these expos, and there are a range of roles including "Reviewers".  You can read more about volunteer roles at Expos here:  CLICK!

Please reach out to first.australia@mq.edu.au 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 utilise the FIRST Australia dashboard link at the top of this page.

FLL Volunteer Referee

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

FRC Volunteer Coordinator:
Susanna Westling

FLL & FLL Junior Volunteer Coordinators:
Adrian & Janine Polhill

FTC Volunteer Coordinator:
FIRST Australia Staff

For more information, please email:

Translators for international events in Australia needed!
Please contact Crystal Huo for more information.


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