Melbourne Writers Festival wouldn't be possible without the support of our volunteer crew. Applications are open now.

Each year, over 200 volunteers help bring Melbourne Writers Festival to life. From artist care to venue support, our volunteer roles offer a behind-the-scenes look at delivering a world-class literary and artistic event, and are a fantastic opportunity to build experience and make new friends in the process.

Volunteers will work approximately 20 hours across the ten-day Festival, rostered according to your availability. All volunteers receive a Festival t-shirt and a Volunteer Pass, gaining entry to all standard MWF events that aren’t sold out.

We welcome applications from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and would love to know if you speak a language additional to English. We also welcome applications from people with access requirements and encourage you to tell us your access needs as we have a range of volunteer roles available.

Questions? Read our Volunteer FAQs.

Box Office

We are seeking volunteers to join our box office team. Box Office volunteers are usually the first point of contact for our Festival patrons, and help us maintain the highest level of customer service. Applications close 9am, Monday 25 June.

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Artist Care

We are on the lookout for fantastic volunteers to join the artist care team. This team works closely with local, interstate and international guests to ensure their time at the Festival is comfortable, well-organised and enjoyable. Applications close 9am, Monday 16 July.

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Venue Support

We are currently looking for excited and committed front of house and customer service volunteers to help create the front of house experience for the Festival. Applications close 9am, Monday 16 July.

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