Cadet First Aider

Cadet First Aiders learn lifesaving first aid skills, and put these skills into practice working alongside Event Health Officers at a variety of community events in the Perth metro area.

Commitment: 60 hours per year
Location: Join one of 14 metro volunteer divisions
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Is this you?

  • Are you interested in clinical volunteer work?
  • Are you aged between 16 and 17 years old and able to work in a professional workplace?
  • Are you friendly with a strong desire to help others?
  • Can you easily work solo and also as part of a team?
  • Are you physically able to perform CPR?

Participate with fellow volunteers and provide first aid at community events, with St John Event Health Services in Western Australia.

Please note, Cadet First Aiders must be 16 or 17 years old and as such parent or guardian permission is required at the time of application.

What your role involves

  • Attend a variety of events, generally within the metro area, and provide first aid support to attendees who require assistance
  • Ensure first aid skills are maintained and kept up to date
  • Ensure that equipment and vehicles are maintained in appropriate operational condition
  • Respect and value the diversity of the workforce
  • Represent St John Ambulance as a professional and positive organisation at all times
  • Work effectively with other team members and other service personnel at all times
  • Provide professional and appropriate first aid care as required in accordance with St John policies and guidelines
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others within the workplace
  • Assist in any other area as requested by your Divisional or Operational Manager

The Application Process

  • Step 1 - Apply to become a volunteer - Click APPLY at the bottom of this page
  • Step 2 - Volunteer Member Services will call to book you into an information session
  • Step 3 - You attend the Information Session – this session includes a group interview and assessment activity
  • Step 4 - Application process is completed

If your application is successful you will be offered a volunteer position with Event Health Services and will be contacted for next steps.

If your application is unsuccessful Volunteer Member Services will contact you to offer you an alternative volunteer role.

For more detailed information about the application process please click here.

Skills and Qualifications

  • You must obtain your Provide First Aid Certificate, provided free of charge from St John
  • Positive attitude
  • Great communication skills and presentation skills
  • Show initiative and enthusiasm, while also being able to follow instructions
  • Ability to work in a team
Skills you will develop

Along with learning lifesaving first skills, being a Cadet First Aider will develop your communication skills and build confidence by allowing you to engage with a wide variety to people. Being part of a large volunteer team will help you connect with other likeminded volunteers in the Perth area.

You will also form part of the St John Ambulance Event Health Services team who attend thousands of public events annually, and you will belong to a team that really makes a difference in people's lives

Free Training Available
  • Provide First Aid
  • Cadet First Aider training

Volunteering locations

You will join your local Event Health Service division, in one of 14 Perth metro locations.

Additional information

Benefits to you
  • Free first aid training
  • Free ambulance cover for yourself, spouse and dependents, as specified by St John Ambulance WA 
  • Free uniform
  • Free training in all skills and clinical training relating to your volunteer role
  • Annual St John Conference and dinner dance in Perth, to which all volunteers are invited, with cost heavily subsidised.
  • National and international recognition for your volunteering and community contribution
  • Access to all Volunteer Member Benefits including corporate discounts and other ad hoc offers and specials.
Recruitment Method

To become a volunteer with St John Ambulance Western Australia, you will be asked to complete an on-line application, including a medical questionnaire and submit a National Police check.

Ongoing training

All our volunteers are provided with the necessary training to enable them to carry out their role. To continue to operate in your role, you must maintain the competencies required and an appropriate level of fitness as roles are physically demanding.


All information concerning our volunteers is treated as strictly confidential at all times.


Your volunteering for St John Ambulance should not cost you anything. We will reimburse all legitimate out of pocket expenses incurred during your time volunteering with us. You should talk to your supervisor to confirm what expenses you can claim.

Award & recognition

St John Ambulance has a long history of recognising the outstanding contributions volunteers make to the organisation. We seek to recognise all volunteers and there are a number of distinguished national awards that you can be eligible for including our internal reward and recognition program.

Workplace Behaviour Policy

Volunteers at St John are expected to abide by the work place behaviour policy and relevant procedures. The policy and procedures are available for view on the intranet.

Safety Injury & Support Services

Volunteers will be informed of the Occupational Safety and Health requirements applicable to volunteers. Safety Injury and Support Services provide extensive information about their services and policies on the intranet.

Wellbeing & Support Services

St John places a very high value on the health and wellbeing of their volunteers and provides an extensive support network through its confidential Wellbeing and Support program, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.