Friday 28 Feb - Sunday 1 March 2020

Volunteer Registration


Volunteer registration for the 2020 Cobargo Folk Festival

Volunteers have been an integral part of the organisation and running of the Cobargo Folk Festival since it began in 1995. Volunteers bring a diverse range of skills and backgrounds essential to the success of the Festival and their contribution is acknowledged and deeply appreciated.  The Festival would not be possible without the generous contribution of hundreds of volunteers.  We hope that volunteers find the festival, like Cobargo village, is a friendly and welcoming community with connection as its core value. By connecting to people and place the volunteers continue to enrich the festival with their skills, diversity and camaraderie.

Why volunteer @ CFF?

  • Receive a weekend pass including camping to the WHOLE festival in exchange for eight hours of volunteer work.
  • Receive invitations to pre- and post- festival volunteer events.
  • References available upon request.
  • Volunteering is a great way to become a part of the dynamic that makes up the festival.
  • Gain first-hand experience in the organisational needs of a successful community music festival.
  • Connect to to the local community and the broader folk community.
  • Meet and work with like-minded people, whilst having heaps of fun.
  • Attend the post festival Volunteers party.
  • Support a fabulous community event!

Volunteer hours required

Eight (8) hours of volunteer work is the minimum required, allowing each volunteer to receive the volunteer benefits mentioned above. It must be remembered that volunteers do not receive a free ticket. Instead, volunteers are receiving a ticket in exchange for eight hours (minimum) of ‘unpaid’ work. We, at the festival, value the hard work of the volunteers just as much as the volunteers appreciate their hard-earned ticket.

Special Note to Under-18s

CFF volunteers must be aged 15 years and over, for legal reasons. If you would like to volunteer as an under-18 you will need to have an adult (25 years +) on the site for the duration of the festival. They will need to sign you in at the check in table. Under-18 volunteers only need to contribute 5 hours of volunteer time in exchange for a weekend pass to the WHOLE festival- includes camping! Under-18 volunteers also need to agree to the Terms of Agreement and the Volunteer Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by the code will result in your accompanying adult being notified and ejection from the festival site could be a possibility.

Volunteer Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Principles

The Yuin Folk Club expects volunteers, contractors, stallholders, performers, consultant or any other contributors to demonstrate fairness, integrity and sound professional and ethical practice at all times in every aspect of their engagement with the Organisation.

The Code of Conduct requires volunteers to:

  • Display a positive, friendly and approachable manner;
  • Display respect and acceptance to all, ensuring an enjoyable, fun, safe experience that embraces diversity regardless of race, age, religion, appearance, gender or sexuality;
  • Support a positive working environment free from intimidation, bullying, ridicule, harassment and abuse;
  • Promote a sense of community where the significance of each and every contribution that creates the Organisations spirit as a whole is valued;
  • Be mindful of, and responsive to, circumstances/situations/issues that demand attention;
  • Use sound judgment and common sense to recognise and resolve issues that can be resolved immediately and reporting immediately where necessary, any issues that need to be dealt with by Team Leaders or Team Managers;
  • Contact the relevant team coordinator/manager or Volunteer Coordinator if experiencing any difficulties in undertaking their duties, working with fellow colleagues or hold concerns about any events that are happening;
  • Use respectful communication when dealing with others;
  • Comply at all times with the Yuin Folk Club and Cobargo Folk Festival’s policies and procedures;
  • Comply with all relevant state and Commonwealth legislation, laws and regulations;
  • Not be under the effects of drugs or alcohol when representing the Organisation, or when undertaking volunteer duties;
  • Adhere to the principles of privacy and confidentiality and not disclose any information, contracts, documents, resources or personal details to any third party whilst associated with the Organisation or any time thereafter unless required to do so by law.

The Yuin Folk Club encourages contractors, stallholders, performers, consultants or any others associated with the Club and its activities, including the festival, to observe this Code of Conduct.

Roles and Responsibilities with Respect to the Code of Conduct

The Yuin Folk Club Committee is responsible for ratifying the Code of Conduct and for reviewing it as necessary.

The Code of Conduct is available to all volunteers via this website. Cobargo Folk Festival Managers and/or Team Leaders/Coordinators should ensure that volunteers working on their teams have access to a copy of the Code of Conduct before commencing work.

Individuals are accountable for their own actions and decisions and must act in accordance with the Human Rights Act 2004 and all other applicable laws and regulations and the Organisation’s Code of Conduct.

We ask that all volunteers abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct and agree to the terms and conditions as set out below.

Terms of Agreement for Volunteers

  • I agree to abide by the Yuin Folk Club's Code of Conduct;
  • I agree to carry out my volunteer tasks according to the hours and checklists provided;
  • I agree to contact my Team Coordinator and the Volunteers Coordinator as early as possible if circumstances prevent my commencing a shift;
  • I am aware that the Organisation processes and procedures in place and will ensure that all volunteers have access to these prior to the commencement of the festival
  • If I breach the Code of Conduct, I acknowledge that I may be relieved of my duties and be escorted from the site and that breaches may affect my volunteer applications to CFF in the future
  • I acknowledge that Organisation agrees to treat any breaches of the code of conduct fairly, equitably and in accordance to their approved processes and procedures;

Extra Info
When you register to volunteer, it is important to remember that festival organisers reserve the right to not accept a registration if the person has been an inappropriate fit as a volunteer in the past. Any and all applicable registrations will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting their form. This has never been an issue before and feel confident that it will remain a rarity for 2020.

Core site set up team volunteers, who come on site two weeks before the festival and work during this time, are provided with free access to power (at the discretion of key festival set up stakeholders). All other volunteers may purchase powered sites via the booking page on the website for $45.

Job Descriptions


Should you require any further information please contact:

Carly McMahon
Volunteers Manager     --     0408448684 (TEXTS ONLY PLEASE)