Registrations to apply to be a volunteer Race Official at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2021 have now closed. We will review our registrations and may open applications again in June. All applicants will be contacted in November 2021.
There are some roles at the Australian Grand Prix that are appropriate for volunteers with no motorsport officiating experience. Volunteers placed in these roles are not required to move into competition areas, are provided with information and training and are located with other experienced officials who can provide them with guidance. These roles are limited and we do try to accommodate everyone where we can.
Some volunteers have gained appropriate experience as part of their occupations (e.g. medical and fire teams) that help with placement at the event.
You need a current Motorsport Australia Officials Licence to officiate at any Motorsport Australia sanctioned event in Australia. Your Motorsport Australia Officials Licence (together with your sign on at the event) ensures you are afforded coverage under Motorsport Australia insurances while participating in the event. More detail on Motorsport Australia insurance can be found on our website.
It is possible for international officials to participate in the AGP under a current licence and approval from their ASN.
No. If you have a current and valid licence from an international ASN you can participate at the AGP. We require all international officials to provide us with:
1. A colour scan of your valid officiating license issued by your local ASN.
2. A Letter of Introduction from your ASN stating that they have no objection with your participation in the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.
This should be a short letter, on official letterhead verifying your status as an official, licence grading and expiry date. Please send this information as soon as you receive it to [email protected]. We need to receive it no later than February 1.
Please note, that due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19, we will not be accepting applications from overseas officials for the 2021 event.
The FIA has mandated that officials only hold a licence with one ASN. If you live in a country with an ASN, you are required to obtain an officials licence from them.
When your role is confirmed you will find a Role Description on the AGP Officials page of the Motorsport Australia website. You will also be provided with a Marshals Handbook before the event which is a general guide for officials at race meetings and can be a very helpful resource particularly for new officials.
During the event you will also attend briefings by your senior officials and sector marshals who will instruct you on your role for each day.
If you have questions on your role at the event, you can contact us at [email protected].
Uniforms vary depending on the job you are doing. Most officials are required to wear overalls. These can be purchased from Motorsport Australia or loaned from the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
All trackside marshals (flag marshals, track marshals, communicators, recovery marshals and fire marshals) are required to wear white, orange or red overalls. You will be asked for your uniform size during the application process, however when you arrive to collect your credentials it is a good idea to try your uniform on while you are there. If it doesn’t fit, you can ask to swap it with a spare of another size. Please consider if you will be wearing other clothes underneath your uniform, as this may impact your sizing.
Some teams do not require a uniform and others are issued with polo shirts, Seniors Shirts or Pit Lane Shirts.
All officials will need to upload a passport style photo for their credentials during the application process. You will not be able to complete the application without an appropriate image.
Volunteer officials should be available for all four days of the event (Thursday to Sunday).
All officials gather at The Muster Tent each morning to sign on, collect their lunch, drinks and other necessary items, as well as attend the morning briefings. It is compulsory to sign on at the Muster Tent each morning and attend the briefings.
Due to COVID-19 these systems will change for the 2021 event. There will be staggered lunch collection, as well as digital sign on and morning briefings. Further information will be sent out in February.
You can leave at the end of the day when released by your senior marshal. This will be at the conclusion of on track activities and any other required tasks relating to your role. As a guide, you may finish at approximately 7:30pm each day.
Unfortunately, the AGP does not cover costs transport or accommodation costs – you will need to arrange these yourself prior to the event.
The event is held at Albert Park so accommodation in the surrounding suburbs would be convenient. This includes St Kilda, Albert Park, Windsor, Port Melbourne, Southbank and Melbourne CBD.
Motor racing is about competition between competitors in whatever conditions exist at the time. It rarely stops because of weather and consequently we have to be prepared to continue our roles in spite of the conditions we face. The following Marshal’s Kit list makes it sound like we expect the most disastrous weather but in fact Melbourne weather is usually good at this time of the year. However, you should be prepared for the worst and the experienced ones always wear or take (in a waterproof kit bag), the following items:
Officials are not permitted to carry or use cameras while they are on duty - please check with your senior officials before you attempt to take photos (whether with a camera or mobile phone).
Along the same lines, we are continually reminded that FOM (Formula One Management) has the sole rights to all moving pictures at the circuit, and no video or movie cameras may be used without prior authorisation from FOM.
At their specific request, we have to add the following restrictions on still cameras – officials in uniform cannot use any cameras on the grid or in pit lane while events are progressing.
Your camera is worth bringing as there’ll be memories to capture, but please adhere to these conditions as failure to may result in removal from the course and prevention from participating in future events.
For information specific to the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2021 go to www.grandprix.com.au
Can’t find the answer to your question? Email your question to [email protected] or phone 1300 883 959.