Volunteer Information


Volunteering for the Event

Rogaining is a sport that is run entirely by volunteers and WRC2016 is no exception. With up to 800 entrants we may need around 120 volunteers to support the running of the event.

If you are interested, after reading below, please register on the Application Form.

Who Can Volunteer?

 Anyone can volunteer to be part of the event including:

  • Non-competing companions of WRC2016 entrants
  • Rogainers from around Australia and across the world who choose not to enter the WRC2016 but would still like to be part of this fantastic world-class event and visit some of the most spectacular country on the planet
  • Non-rogainers wanting to visit the Red Centre and who wish to take the opportunity to be involved in the event
  • People from the local community who would like to be part of this fantastic event, to welcome visitors from across the world or to find out more about rogaining.

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many benefits to volunteering for WRC2016. Obviously it gives you the chance to be part of the excitement of this world-class event that may not return to Australia for another 20 or more years and Central Australia for over a century. It also gives you a chance to mix with the best rogainers from around the world and to contribute to delivering an event that does Australia proud and shows off our magnificent Red Centre.

Volunteers will also receive the following:

  • Free camping for three nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Ross River Resort and full access to Hash House food during Hash House opening hours (5:00pm Saturday to 2:00pm Sunday)
  • Free lunch on Friday and Saturday plus free additional breakfast and dinner optional meals for those volunteers present and undertaking volunteering duties that day;
  • A free event shirt and hat;
  • Free camping at Ross River Resort for those whose volunteering responsibilities requires them to stay at the event site on nights other than Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Since the inception of the sport in the 1940s, rogaining volunteers almost invariably say that they really enjoyed the experience. The fact that many people have volunteered for rogaines multiple times, and continue to so, is testament to this.

Event Clothing

All volunteers will be provided with an event volunteer’s tee shirt and an event volunteer’s hat and be expected to wear these during the event.

Accommodation and Food During the Event

All volunteers will be provided with lunch on Friday and food from the Hash House during opening hours.

All volunteers will be provided with camping at the Hash House for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Some key volunteers will be provided Bunkhouse accommodation during any nights they are required to stay at the event, or reimbursed $25 pp/night if they choose to stay in Cabin accommodation at RRR.

Ground Travel

All ground travel at or around the event site for Volunteers to fulfil their duties will be provided by the event. Travel to the event site is the responsibility of the Volunteer.

Other Costs

Any other costs reasonably incurred by Volunteers solely for the benefit of the event shall be reimbursed. The event organising committee shall determine the reasonableness of any claim.

Volunteering Tasks

There are a large variety of tasks required to be undertaken by volunteers. These include:

  • Setting up the Hash House and administration facilities
  • Compiling the entrants’ event bags
  • Checking off bus passengers
  • Coordinating/directing parking and camping arrangements
  • Registration administration assistance
  • Setting up and/or replenishing water drops
  • Welcoming and escorting special visitors
  • Assisting map and event data hand out
  • Manning water drops during the event – note that these are also Muster Points in the event of an emergency
  • Assisting food preparation and serving at the Hash House
  • Assisting food preparation and serving at the All-Night Café
  • Monitoring ablution supplies and cleanliness
  • Manning administration during the course of the event
  • Assisting at the finish and results download
  • Assisting with presentations
  • Disassembly and packing of Hash House and administration facilities
  • Collection of CP markers from the course

In all cases, a team leader with the required skills and knowledge will be provided to give the required training and guidance.

In general, volunteers would be expected to be involved in a number of the above-mentioned tasks over the course of the event.

Requirements for Volunteers

The requirements for volunteers are very simple. Volunteers must:

  • Be willing to be part of a team of good-natured people wanting to help;
  • Have a sense of fun;
  • Be prepared to undertake a variety of the tasks noted above as requested;
  • Be committed to providing at least 12 hours of volunteer effort, and preferably more, to the event;
  • Be able to communicate in the English language – proficiency in other languages as well would be very useful.



Friends and family (18+ years who are not competing and not volunteering) are invited to stay at the event during WRC2016. Non-volunteering companions of entrants will be need to pay $50 for 3 days camping at RRR and Hash House food during the event.  This fee can be waived for people volunteering to assist at the WRC2016 - please indicate this during the registration process. Children 17 years and younger are free to camp.