Volunteering at Garma Festival is a rewarding experience but it is important to know that it is also very hard and physical work. It’s a competitive process and we recruit a wide and diverse skill set.

Volunteer applications will open on 1 February, closing on 30 March 2024.

Step 1: When applications open, apply to volunteer (please click here to apply and upload your current resume)

Step 2: Wait to see if have been shortlisted (this may take up to 10 business days)

Step 3: If your application is successful, you will be emailed a form to Register in which you must agree to the Volunteer Agreement.

Minimum requirements:

  • availability for the required dates to volunteer: 27th July – 7th August (inclusive);
  • age 18 + (Please note: we cannot accommodate children under the age of 18 whilst parents/carers are volunteering due to OH&S risks)
  • age 25+ for transport roles
  • ability to perform manual labour work (i.e. bending, lifting, erecting of structures, etc and able to handle working in hot conditions it can reach 30+ degrees at the event site during the day.
  • basic understanding of and respect for workplace health and safety;

Essential requirements

  • a current NT Police Check
  • a current NT Working with Children Card
  • volunteers will need to organise and fund their travel arrangements to and from Gove, Nhulunbuy. We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance.

Volunteer Rewards

Each volunteer will receive:

  • a four-day festival volunteer pass;
  • a campsite within the volunteer camping area (all camping equipment will be supplied)
  • catered meals;
  • volunteer Garma t-shirt; and
  • the experience of a lifetime at Australia’s premier Indigenous event!

Volunteer Roles

Pre and Post-event, all volunteers will be assisting the Garma site crew in the setup and pack down of the site. This is very physical work and includes the set up of thousands of tents and manual labour. We do it together, with great tunes and conversation and with the knowledge that something amazing is about to happen.

During the festival weekend, you will be assigned in the roles nominated below.

  • Site management (Facilities maintenance, camp maintenance, warehouse assistants)
  • Front house (Ticketing/Check in Desk, Information desk, VIP assistants)
  • Hospitality (Corporate & VIP functions assistants)
  • Retail ( Merchandise shop assistants)
  • Logistics (Transport drivers)
  • Events (Gapan gallery assistants, cultural programs assistants, Knowledge Centre assistants, event summary assistants)
  • Administration (administrative support assistants)
  • Education (Youth Forum Assistants) * a current NT Working with Children Card is required for this role (Interstate cards are not accepted in the NT)

 Please note: these roles are indicative only and may be subject to change.

If you’d like to work as a crew member at Garma Festival, please email us at admin@garmafestival.com.au with a brief description of yourself, your skills and a copy of your current resume – make sure it includes any tickets you might hold, such as forklift etc.


Do you have something important to say or share? There are many ways you can get involved in our event.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for the following areas.

Key Forum presentation

We are now accepting expressions of interest for organisations and individuals who wish to present at the Garma 2024 Key Forum, which brings together the nation’s leading academics, policy-makers, philanthropists, business and Indigenous leaders for four days of discussion and debate on the major issues.

If you think you can add to the program, please send your proposal here.

Contribute as a performer or artist

We are now accepting expressions of interest from organisations, artists and individuals who wish to contribute to the Garma programming.  Programming elements will provide new and creative aspects for the festival over the four days.

Key points to consider:

  • All expressions of interest should be based upon a full understanding of how Garma is delivered.
  • The festival is hosted at the Gulkula site in NE Arnhem land, Nhulunbuy NT.  You will need to understand where the festival is located before you submit an EOI.
  • You should consider the Garma audience and how you or your organisation can enhance the 2024 event.

If you are looking to get involved with Garma apply here.

Host a stall in the Expo area

Exhibition stalls allow your organisation to engage with an attentive audience keen to make a difference.

Show your work, exhibit your products, or tell your story.

The exhibition area is located in a prominent position on the Garma grounds, giving you the opportunity to connect with our guests at your own pace and leisure.

For more information, please email admin@garmafestival.com.au