Volunteer with GovHack

Interested in volunteering for GovHack 2021?

GovHack is free to attend and participate in. Volunteers coordinate all the necessary components for the competition so participants only need to bring themselves and their devices to compete. We invite you to come and learn more about running a Hackathon and working with open government data.

We have a number of different roles available, across all levels! From our International Operations down to Local Event Teams.


How do I apply?

  1. Read through the roles listed below and click to view the full PD of the role you are interested in- make sure you fit the criteria and are happy with the time commitment involved
  2. Complete our application form by hitting the ‘apply now’ button at the bottom of this page OR at the bottom of any of the position descriptions linked on this page.


International Operations Team (AUSNZ)

The GovHack International Operations Team is the backbone of our hackathon, spanning across Australia and New Zealand. They support both state and local teams, and coordinate differing aspects of the competition, including but not limited to the marketing, media, digital events and technology. Alongside this, they run the International Red Carpet Awards and provide additional support to regional leads, their teams and other GovHack events. You can view the range of teams available to join below:


2021 GovHack Volunteer Note: 

Marketing, Media, Volunteer Management, and Regional Teams (WA/NT/QLD/TAS) will be contacted as a priority. Additional roles will be contacted in the upcoming months.


– Marketing Team –

The marketing team is looking for dedicated and reliable members. Your job is to promote the who, what, why and when of GovHack to the world! You will assist in the creation, implementation and management of the GovHack social media plan as well writing content for the web and graphic design.



– Media Liaison / Writer –

You will engage with media outlets and create relationships with relevant tech journalists to promote GovHack. You will delve into GovHack and find interesting stories for our website blog content. 



– Volunteer Management Team –

Without our volunteers, GovHack wouldn’t exist. Your role in the volunteer team is first and foremost, as a people person. From the International Operations team, to state operations and our local event volunteers, it is your job to ensure they have all the support and material they need as well as ensuring you can provide direction and assistance when it is required. Alongside this, you’ll help with the recruitment and onboarding of new volunteers.



– Digital Events Team –

This team is responsible for designing and managing digital events prior, during, and post competition weekend. These events may include digital games, online conferences, awards nights etc. 



– Community Partners Team –

At its roots, GovHack is a hackathon designed for the betterment of the local community. As part of the community partnership team, it is your job to form strategic partnerships and value-adding relationships with external organisations. These relationships will in turn help GovHack expand it’s reach and create meaningful change for local groups and communities.



– Competition Team –

At the centre of GovHack is competition weekend. The big weekend, the one we’re all waiting for! And like every good competition, it needs to encompass relevant themes as well as be fair and equitable. As the competition team, you will work closely with the tech team to develop the framework of processes and plans behind ensuring an innovative and progressive competition along with fair judging. 



– Technology Team –

As the technology team, it is your job to apply your knowledge of tech to put into place the systems that will ensure the competition runs start to finish without a hitch. Our hackers need a smoothly flowing event that will allow them to place all their focus into their projects. Simultaneously, you will develop and manage our systems to ensure they remain scalable. We’re the biggest open data hackathon in the southern hemisphere and we don’t want to stop there!



– Regional Operations Team (ACT / NSW / NT / QLD / SA / TAS / VIC / WA) –

GovHack is brought to each state/region through the hard work of a Regional Operations Team (ROT), who are responsible for coordinating all GovHack activities in that region. This team is led by a Regional Lead. The ROT is responsible for managing local sponsorship; marketing; community liaison; data management and technical support. They will also deliver the Connections pre-event, the GovHack weekend hackathon event and the Regional  Awards night (digital).



– Local Event Team (AUS/NZ) –

Our Local Event Teams are the on-the-ground people that make the GovHack Competition weekend happen. Traditionally, they organised physical events, catering and local sponsorship. With uncertainty still surrounding the world, the role will depend on your region and whether there is a physical event in your area, or if you’re helping out participants online.





Where do these roles fit in the GovHack organisation? Who will I be working with and where do I fit on the team?
See below for our organisation chart!

What if the role I want to apply for isn’t advertised?
We have lots of opportunities available for different positions, across different levels. If a role you are interested in is not listed, we most likely don’t have it available. However, if you think you have a skill set or are fit for a role that isn’t advertised, please email support@govhack.org

Are these roles limited to Australia?
No, all of the roles are open to individuals across Australia and New Zealand. Recognising of course that Regional Roles do require you to reside in that particular region as these positions rely on local knowledge and connections. We see this as an opportunity to build the sector and increase networks and are working closely with New Zealand to achieve this. 

How can I get involved?
1. Read through the PD of the role you are interested in- make sure you fit the criteria and are happy with the time commitment involved
2. Complete our form (via the Apply Now button) by answering a few questions and uploading your resume.
A member of the GovHack team will be in touch within two weeks, with an update on your application.

What is GovHacks’ Volunteer Expectations?
– You will do the things you commit to doing and will let the team know when you hit problems
– You will know the skills needed for your role and how to successfully employ them within it
– You will abide by our GovHack Code of Conduct
– You support our Purpose, Vision and Values
– You will be willing to assist when required, when we need things to get done quickly
– You will have fun, learn a bunch of new skills and work within a great team!

Where can I find more information?
Please email support@govhack.org with any questions you may have.