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Application Information

We know that your time and talents are precious and we want every minute you spend with us to be worthwhile. That’s why we ask our volunteer applicants to take the time to fill out a thorough application an attend an interview. This helps us to make the right match between your strengths and interests and the opportunities available.

Also, and very importantly, we screen volunteer applicants thoroughly to ensure the safety of the children and other vulnerable people in our care. We reserve the right to conduct background and reference checks on all volunteers. It’s just one of the many ways we help protect children and other vulnerable people at the YMCA.

For these reasons you will need to complete some or all of the following checks and documentation:

  • Online application
  • Interview
  • Reference checks
  • Working With Children Check
  • Police Check
  • Volunteer Agreement and Position Description
  • Australian Children’s Foundation online child protection training

Essential criteria

Background checks completed

Ability and willingness to comply with YNSW child protection policies and procedures

Willingness to abide by the YMCA values

Ability and willingness to abide by procedures specific to your role as negotiated between yourself and your manager, and as written in your Volunteer Position Description

Willingness to adhere to Code of Conduct and all other YMCA policies

The application process

  1. Fill out an application form You will also be asked to provide your Working With Children Check number at this time.
  2. Your application will be reviewed and we will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities that might suit you.
  3. If we find that there may be a suitable volunteer opportunity for you, we will set up an interview with you to get to know you in person.
  4. At the interview, we will ask you to provide the name of two references, and your Working With Children Check number if not provided previously. (Note - references are not required for work experience volunteers)
  5. We’ll get in touch with your references and verify your Working With Children Check.
  6. If all goes well, you’ll be ready to start! We’ll send you Volunteer Starter Pack, and ask you to come in to your YMCA centre for an orientation and to fill out your paperwork. We’ll also process your Police Check at this time. Your orientation will include online modules, including child protection training.
  7. Pending the clearance of the Police Check, it will now be time for you to start your very first day as an official YMCA volunteer.  We hope you enjoy your volunteer role and that you receive just as much benefit from your experience as the community that you serve.


  • People under 18 years of age are exempt from the Working With Children Check. People under 18 years of age must obtain Parent/Guardian Consent for police check.
  • All checks are free to volunteers.
  • Volunteer applications are reviewed and decided upon by our recruitment team at our state office.