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If you want to find out some more information first email SAASvolunteer@sa.gov.au.
You could also talk to a volunteer ambulance officer or team leader in your local area.
The application process includes completing an application form, attending an interview and medical assessment, and obtaining a police clearance.
Volunteering opportunities for SA Ambulance Service are currently only available within country locations.
We are currently only seeking applications from people who live in or near a country town with an ambulance station staffed by volunteers. If you live in metropolitan Adelaide we appreciate your interest in volunteering with us however we are currently unable to provide you with a volunteering role at this time.
A list of SAAS volunteer ambulance stations and teams can be found on our map here.
Not necessarily. Being a volunteer ambulance officer volunteer does not automatically increase your chances of obtaining a paid role at SA Ambulance Service. All paramedic applicants must meet the criteria to be offered a job, regardless of whether they have volunteered with SAAS. Click here for more information about becoming a paramedic.
Yes, you can still be an ambulance officer volunteer if you are already a CFS volunteer, provided you can regularly attend training and any other requirements of being a SAAS volunteer.
If you were rostered as an ambulance officer and the CFS required you at the same time, you would need to remain available for SAAS or arrange for someone to cover your ambulance shift.
In most cases if you hold a visa that enables you to work in Australia, you may be able to volunteer for us but it very much depends on the classification of your visa. We are unable to accept applications from holders of an international student visa. For further information, phone the Department of Internal Affairs on 131 881.
No, once you sign up as a volunteer with us we will provide you with training to become either a volunteer ambulance assistant, ambulance responder or ambulance officer. These are accredited courses, which will provide you with one of the following:
- HLT21015 Certificate II in Medical Service First Response
- HLT 41115 Certificate IV in Health Care
If you would like to join SAAS as a volunteer ambulance officer recruit, you must be over 17 years old and hold a driver’s licence that allows you to drive in SA. If you are on a provisional licence you will be able to commence your training with us, but will need to obtain a full driver’s licence before becoming a qualified volunteer ambulance officer. If you do not have a driver’s licence or have a learner’s permit we have other roles which you may be interested in, such as admin officers or helping out on the station.
Yes, SAAS has many volunteers who don’t work on an ambulance. They support their local ambulance service by doing office or administrative duties, being on a local ambulance committee, gardening, or washing the ambulance.
No. The training includes a significant amount of hands-on learning, which cannot be done externally. Also, we only offer this for people who are current volunteers with SA Ambulance Service.
Yes, you can definitely apply. You do not need any medical experience or training to become a volunteer ambulance officer. We provide all necessary training once you have passed the application process. We also provide lots of support so you feel confident with your skills.
You can email SAASvolunteer@sa.gov.au for more information. Also, ambulance officers from our volunteer teams would be happy to meet with you so you can find out more. You can ask questions of current volunteers and other SAAS staff about volunteering.
If you would like to join SAAS as a volunteer ambulance officer recruit, you must be over 17 years old and hold either a full driver’s licence or a provisional licence. If you are on a provisional licence you can start your training with us but will need to obtain a full driver’s licence before you can become a qualified volunteer ambulance officer.
There is no maximum age for our volunteers. We welcome people of any age, so long as you are fit and healthy. We do ask that you are able to meet our medical requirements as part of the selection process.
Yes, as long as you have time to do the training and be on the roster as needed by your station (see above). Many of our volunteers have full-time employment in another field. Training is generally conducted on weekends or evenings to fit in with people who work during the daytime.
You may also want to talk to your employer about supporting you and the local community by allowing you to respond to ambulance cases from work. Please email SAASvolunteer@sa.gov.au if you’d like a booklet that provides more information for employers about how this works.
What time committment is required?
Most of our volunteers have family and work committments and we understand how busy lives are. We've made a number of changes over recent years and you can work a roster flexibly aroun dyour lifestyle. The minimum requirement for volunteer hours is 30 hours per month so that we can ensure you remain up to date with the knowledge needed. There are usually two training sessions per month.
It depends; in most cases if your qualifications are from an accredited training provider and meet the Australian Quality Training Framework standards then you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). However, even if we recognise your qualifications, you will still need to do some training that is specific to SAAS. This may involve training to use our equipment to make sure you can work safely.
You can apply to become a volunteer at any time. Training courses are generally scheduled once every two years in your area, but you may be able to attend a course in another area.
Possibly. A person with a medical condition can apply to become an ambulance officer, but it will be up to your local medical practitioner and our occupational physician to decide if you are fit for volunteer ambulance duties.
For safety reasons, SAAS ensures applicants meet the same medical standards required to hold a commercial driver’s licence. People with certain medical conditions, such as epilepsy or diabetes, may not meet this standard, and thus may not be able to become an ambulance officer volunteer.
Yes. SAAS recognises that our volunteers may have experiences and/or qualifications that may relate to this particular course of study. If you consider that you have qualifications or experience that might be relevant to the training we have a recognised prior learning (RPL) application process in place.
However, even if you obtain RPL, you will still need to do some training that is specific to SAAS. This may involve training to use our equipment to make sure you can work safely with it.
How close do I have to live to a town in order to volunteer?
There is no definitive rule for this. Generally, volunteers work or live reasonably close to the station so they can respond quickly in an emergency. However, there are other options available, such as being at the station for your shifts. You would be expected to be able to attend training at your specified station so this would need to be considered in deciding what station you volunteer at. Your local manager can discuss further with you what arrangements are available, should you decide to volunteer with us.