About Assisting

An Event Assistant is a volunteer that helps Event Leaders and Sport Referees to manage AMA events. Together, event assistants are the glue that holds together the details of an event. 

VARYING ROLES

The various roles an assistant may perform can be viewed in the Roles and Duties of Event Officials.

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Number and location of assistants will be dependent on the Risk Assessment requirements 
  • Briefed by Event Organiser to clearly understand their role 
  • Warn participants of possible hazards and to provide a visual aid to event signage 
  • Each assistant should receive a risk awareness briefing for the designated area in which they are due to cover (this should be conducted by the individual who completed the final risk assessment) 
  • Hi Viz clothing should be provided to all assistants 
  • Participants must be made aware that they are solely responsible for their safety and the presence of an assistant is no excuse to ignore the rules and regulations 
  • Assistants are encouraged to report illegal and inconsiderate behaviour to the event organiser, giving details of the circumstances of the offence. The organiser shall then take such action as is considered necessary. 

BENEFITS OF BEING AN EVENT ASSISTANT

  • Voluntary workers insurance cover of $100k death, $100k disablement and up to $1k weekly accident benefit 
  • Officials newsletter
  • Free assistants training
  • Support from officials support team and regional events officers

EXPECTATIONS

Regional events officers supervise and support assistants and events at all levels, to enable growth, development and ensure sustainability. Strong communication skills are needed in order to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and give honest feedback.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

The AMA always needs new assistants. We rely on a workforce of assistants who ensure all AMA events are conducted in a fair and safe manner. With the many AMA events held every year there is something for everyone. 

Please note AMA certified assistants are required to hold an active AMA Clubs Membership. This is an insurance requirement. You can not view and apply for assistant certification unless you are logged in as a current financial member. 

Once you are a member and have commenced the Volunteer Training, which is learning more about the club in order to become better volunteers, grassroots activists and membership promoters, you can sign up to get your free Assistance Certification.

And don't forget to have a look around the Assistants Resources area where you can find links to helpful videos and documents.

The AMA has a commitment to support and encourage you in developing and contributing to motor vehicle driver and rider sport and recreation, whether it be at Club or Regional, State or National level. To become a certified AMA Assistant you must first be logged in as a current AMA Clubs member, so you can view the information about Volunteer Training

Through the online volunteer training course, members learn more about the club in order to become better volunteers, grassroots activists and membership promoters. Together, we will promote the motor vehicle and recreational vehicle lifestyle and protect the future of camping, driving, riding and racing in this country.

Once you have commenced the Volunteer Training course, you can sign up to get an Event Assistant certification.

Assistant Certification Requirements

To maintain your certification you must:

  1. Maintain Assistant Certification with AMA during the membership period. This will ensure the offical is covered by indemnity insurance.
  2. If not exempt, maintain a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory in which you will be working.
  3. Each year, undertake assistant duties at a minimum of three (3) events.
  4. You will be required to submit a duty log of your officiating activities.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

AMA Officials Duty Log

AMA Officials Manual

AMA Code of Conduct

An Event Assistant ertification entitles the volunteer to:  

  • receive AMA volunteer news;
  • assist at AMA sanctioned education, social or recreation events, non competitive or competitive sporting events and any associated activities; and
  • covered with voluntary workers insurance of $100k death, $100k disablement and $1k weekly accident benefit for events supervised by you, that are listed on the official calendar.
Duration: 7 years
Price: Free

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