We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose Country SFF are based.
We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.


Volunteer applications for 2024 have closed.

Volunteers play an integral role in the coordination of the Festival and are an important part of the team. SFF values the skills and the time generously contributed by our volunteers each year. You’ll get the chance to meet new people, make friends and learn new skills in a creative, fun environment.

Read the Volunteer Position Description and Volunteer FAQs to find out more about volunteering at SFF.

If you have any questions about this year’s Volunteer Program, please contact volunteers@sff.org.au

Volunteer position description

Volunteer requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be able to commit to a minimum of five shifts, generally four to five hours each shift, across the 12 days of the Festival. The volunteer schedule will be released mid-May.
  • The volunteer team is selected based on weekend and evening availability, as well as experience and enthusiasm. You may be asked to attend a short interview.
  • You’ll be required to attend a compulsory volunteer briefing session.

Duties include:

  • queue and crowd management
  • ticket scanning
  • distributing programs
  • greeting patrons
  • providing Festival information
  • assisting with special events
  • runners.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • learn practical front of house skills
  • meet like-minded people including SFF staff, audiences and fellow volunteers
  • get industry experience and a behind-the-scenes insight
  • contribute to Sydney’s culture and support the not-for-profit Festival
  • receive an Admit 1 Pass to book a SFF ticket per volunteer shift
  • receive an invitation to the Volunteer Thank You Party.
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