National Volunteer Week - Interschools Officials Resources and Support

Published Sun 19 May 2024

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, we acknowledge our wonderful volunteers who have been involved in previous events and how we can support our volunteers this winter season.

Our volunteer course officials are the backbone to our events. On a typical Interschools event day, around 50 volunteer course officials are needed to assist Interschools in running fair and safe events.

Thank you to our past and future volunteers, our events would not be possible without your support.

Below is information on school volunteer requirements, how to become a volunteer without a school, the online officials' course, and shadowing and mentoring course official opportunities. 



School Volunteer Requirements

It is a school entry requirement that one volunteer course official is to be supplied for every eight entries that a school enters. School Coordinators need to register volunteers in the online entry system, where they can nominate which course they can assist, and a volunteer role.

Volunteer registration must be complete by the time entries close.

Volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver form, which can be completed here.

Once we have the competition schedule closer to the event days, we populate a volunteer roster that lets schools know which volunteers have been assigned to which course, along with their role(s).

Volunteers receive a free-of-charge lift ticket on the day they are on the roster, if they do not already have a season pass.



Can you volunteer without a school?

Yes absolutely. We welcome volunteers outside of those connected to schools. You may not have participants at school anymore or want to see what volunteering at Interschools is like, either way, we would appreciate your assistance and look forward to hearing from you. Please in get touch by emailing and letting us know what days you are available and if you have a preference of disciplines, divisions, and/or roles.  



Online Interschools Officials Course

To assist in preparing for their volunteer duty, the Online Interschools Officials Course provides entry-level officials with the critical information to be an effective Interschools official.

The course, which takes 50 minutes to complete, overviews each volunteer role and competition rules that those roles govern. The course utilises videos and comprehension quizzes.

The course is suitable for new officials, as well as school coordinators, team managers, parents, coaches, (and those that have volunteer before but need a refresher). It includes additional information about the Interschools Championships to allow learners to better understand the rules, role, and management of the event.

The course is completed on the Snow Academy, Snow Australia’s educational hub. 

Click Here for more information on how to complete the course



Shadowing opportunities supporting the next cohort of officials

This season we are offering volunteers mentoring and shadowing opportunities for those looking to become more experienced to undertake roles, such as start referee, finish referee, and chief of gates roles.

We are looking to upskill volunteers with this opportunity to shadow experienced course officials and learn about the different roles available.

This opportunity is open to all current and previous volunteers.

If you are interested, please complete the online form to let us know what area you are interested in and what days you are available. Your shadow volunteer role can be included as part of schools requirement to supply volunteers at an Interschools Championships. We ask that your school coordinators still register yourself as a volunteer in the online entry system. Please complete the form at least 10 days prior to the Interschools Championships that you can attend. 



Snow Australia Volunteer Survey

Volunteers are the backbone of our industry. Whether they are a committee member, course official or running the club BBQ, every volunteer an integral part in our community and contribute to the continuous growth and success of our sport.

Snow Australia values our Snowsport volunteers and are grateful for their time, energy and commitment to our sport, however more can be done to service and support our volunteers and our partner organisations who engage them.

To better understand who our volunteers are, why they volunteer, and the challenges and barriers they may experience while volunteering in our sport, Snow Australia has developed a volunteer survey to provide us with a snapshot of the requirements of our volunteer community.

This 8-minute survey is open to all current, previous, and potential volunteers. We invite our community to complete this survey, as we value your thoughts and feedback to better service and support you.

Please click here to complete the volunteer survey.

The Snow Australia Volunteer Survey will close on 31 May 2024.