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Volunteers  – Australia Day in the City Parade

The Australia Day Council of South Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates our diverse nation. Through their continued support Volunteers have helped the Australia Day Parade grow exponentially over the past 30 years in Adelaide. 

The Australia Day Parade involves numerous vehicles and floats with over 4,000 participants. As you can imagine, this requires considerable organisation and control to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. We encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to join us on Australia Day, regardless of your event knowledge – we would love to have you involved!

We are looking for people to volunteer on Australia Day – Friday 26 January 2018. All Volunteers will be given training and assistance, so no prior experience with the event is necessary. Additionally, if you would like to assist with pre-planning and administration before the event, we would love to hear from you.

As an Australia Day in the City volunteer you will get the chance to experience the great diversity of South Australia and gain invaluable event and customer service experience as well as giving back to the South Australian community.

There are 2 ways you can become involved with the Australia Day in the City Parade:

  • as a participant in the parade; or
  • as a Parade Marshal or Crowd Control Marshal

Read more about becoming an Australia Day Volunteer here (pdf)

Parade Marshal \ Crowd Control Marshal

Volunteers will be assigned to help the Parade make it’s way down King William Street from Franklin St to Elder Park.

Duties can include:

  • helping floats and participants get into position;_Z3A3080
  • monitoring floats and participants for safety issues;
  • accompanying your allocated floats throughout the parade;
  • diplomatically control members of the public and ensure they do not impinge on the required access for Parade floats, etc;
  • ensure safe passage of floats along the Parade route; and
  • assisting with after-parade activities.

A sample Duty Statement for the parade can be downloaded here.

Volunteers will be supplied with an official Polo shirt and hat for the Parade. Once the parade has concluded you are most welcome to enjoy some refreshments and remain in Elder Park to enjoy the concert and fireworks.

Volunteers will be required to undertake free Traffic Marshal training conducted by the SA Police, for which you will receive state-wide accreditation (approximately 1 ½ hour duration): A number of course dates & times will be available. We would also like to invite Volunteers to a parade briefing in the city area, approximately one week before Australia Day, with actual time and date to be confirmed.

If you would like to be involved as either a Parade Marshal or Crowd Control Marshal for Australia Day in the City 2018, Register Here. Registrations Close December 1 2017.

Parade Participant

We’re looking for some fun-loving people, to come together and form one of our special Australia Day groups, in the Australia Day in the City Parade!

rainbow_1To take part in the Australia Day Parade, all you need is to be a proud Aussie, like to have fun, and be physically able to travel at a decent pace from Franklin Street, down King William Street to Elder Park. This can be great fun to do as an individual but if you have friends and\or family members who would get a thrill out of this experience we also encourage you to register them too! On the day we will group you with other individual members in one of our special Parade groups (such as the Rainbow Echidna Group). The Parade route takes approximately 25 minutes to walk from start to finish and typically takes place in fairly hot weather.

We are also holding special Arts Workshops, where we encourage you to come along and assist with the creation of props and decorations for some of the groups in the Parade. The Workshops are normally held on the weekends prior to Australia Day in the Adelaide CBD.  Joining in with the workshops is highly recommended for families and friends as a way to do something fun and creative that will be seen by all of the parade spectators. To register your parade group for an Art Workshop, please click here

To join us as a Parade Participant, please register here

If you have any questions, please contact the Australia Day Council of South Australia at adcsa@sa.gov.au or (08) 8463 5436