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What is Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world`s premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender*, intersex and queer social, cultural and sporting festival spanning just over two weeks and presented across the City of Sydney and 5 other local government areas. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organises over 100 different events, including the world famous Mardi Gras Parade. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a not-for-profit community organisation. SGLMG has a small number of full-time staff complemented by seasonal contractors and over 1,500 fabulous volunteers!

What can I do to help?

Volunteer opportunities are wide-ranging and varied from event operations to information technology to human resources and logistics. Make sure you check out this website regularly for current volunteering opportunities available for you.

Do I need experience to volunteer?

You may need experience for some volunteer opportunities, while for others we’ll provide all the training that you’ll need. Make sure you read the position details carefully before applying to make sure you’ll be right for the role.

What happens after I apply?

The answer for this depends on what role you’ve applied for:

If you’ve applied for an Event Day volunteer opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know we have received your request. As each event  gets closer, we will confirm that you have been placed into a role, and give you any additional information you may need including volunteer handbooks and briefing information.  Some roles may require more information from you – so always be on the lookout for our emails, and in certain cases, we may even call you. · We always strive to offer every volunteer the role they have requested, though this is not always possible. In such cases, we will contact you and discuss other opportunities that are available, or becoming available.

If you’ve expressed interest in a skilled volunteer or leadership position, you will go through a selection process that reflects the level of responsibility for the position you are interested in. Skilled volunteer or leadership positions have considerable impact on the organisation, its people, operations and/or events. If you meet the criteria of a position, you’ll be contacted to take part in an interview. The successful applicant will be formally offered a volunteer position for a fixed term.

How do Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras selection procedures work?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras selects volunteers using a competitive merit selection process. Your selection is based as much as possible on your ability to perform in the position. Every skilled volunteer advertisement will contain selection criteria. These are the points that we will be using to decide which volunteer will be successful.

I’m from overseas, can I still volunteer?

Generally, most Australian Visas will allow you to take part in unpaid community based work. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a not-for-profit community organisation, so you won’t be breaking the terms of your Visa by volunteering for us. Of course, if you’re unsure about your Visa requirements, check with your Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

What kind of training will I get?

 All event volunteers take part in an online or face to face event briefing prior to their event for WHS induction purposes and to receive final event information. Skilled and leadership volunteers may need further training around the specifics of their roles within the organisation.

What are the highlights for volunteering?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras offers you the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, share and contribute to the organisation, learn about our communities and have a great time. At the same time, we offer free festival merchandise, invitations to social events and functions, your chance to be recognised in the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Awards, discounted and complimentary tickets to our events, and products and services offered by sponsors from time to time.

I heard you can get free tickets to events, is this true?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has a ticketing and benefits policy for staff and volunteers as a form of reward and recognition for their contribution to the organisation. Board members, staff and ongoing volunteers receive set benefits for their efforts. Event volunteer benefits include heavily discounted tickets to our main events. These will be clearly stated in the advertisement for the position. Still, if you’re unsure, ask us!

What if I’m not LGBTQI, can I still volunteer?

Yes! Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is committed to building an organisation that represents the diversity of our communities. All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Our commitment to diversity means that we are an organisation that embraces difference. At the same time, SGLMG strives to create a workplace where all employees and volunteers enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, intimidation or harassment, including sexual harassment.

Do I get covered if I get injured even though I’m a volunteer?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras covers all of its volunteers for personal accident or injury and liability while they are performing their duties at one of our events or our office or workshop. SGLMG is committed to providing a safe workplace to our staff and volunteers in accordance with workplace health and safety legislation.

What if I volunteer for other organisations?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras fully supports your commitment to any other passion and interest. However, we do ask that your commitment to other organisations doesn't impact the time commitments required of your Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras role.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

You need to be 16 years or older to volunteer with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.