CNY18 volunteer program

CNY18 volunteer program

Expression of interest

Be involved in one of the City’s most vibrant cultural celebrations by applying to become a volunteer at the 2018 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. This is your chance to be part of the largest celebration outside of mainland China.

The festival runs from Friday 16 February to Sunday 4 March and offers various volunteer roles across the 17 day program.

Why volunteer?

We are looking for festival volunteers to help us celebrate the Year of the Dog. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop community engagement skills, learn more about the City’s events, get first-hand experience in events management and make new friends.

As a volunteer you will provide information to people attending the Lunar Lanterns exhibition and participate in activities that support the festival. This includes providing information about the festival program of events or assisting with workshops and performances.

We require all volunteers to comply with WHS, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws at all times. As the program may involve interacting with children, a working with children check is required for all volunteers. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

There is also an opportunity to apply for a team leader position. Team leaders will conduct briefings, check attendance, distribute programs, water and sunscreen to other volunteers, and complete a daily report and other duties as required.

Successful volunteers will be given a festival t-shirt to wear on your shift and a certificate of appreciation at the end of the festival.

General information

Festival volunteers are required to:

  • commit to a minimum of 2 shifts during the festival from Friday 16 February to Sunday 25 February 2018
  • attend the compulsory festival briefing on Tuesday 6 February at 6pm 
  • provide your own transport to and from the event
  • wear the provided festival t-shirt and hat during allocated shifts. 

How to apply

Complete and submit the online application before 11.59pm on Thursday 25 January 2018.

The online application will ask you for your contact details, emergency contact, language abilities and shift availability during the festival. 

We will review all expressions of interest and notify you of the next steps.

Apply now


If you have any queries, please contact:

Sydney Chinese New Year team
02 9246 7719

Last updated: Friday, 22 December 2017