RAAF Museum volunteers in front of a Walrus aircraft

Volunteers

We are always looking for people with a lot, or even a little, spare time to join our wonderful Volunteers at the RAAF Museum.

An understanding of Air Force history is helpful but not essential. Reliability, ability to work as part of a team, and enthusiasm are important.

Our volunteers are vital to the smooth running of the RAAF Museum. They take part in a range of activities including:

  • acting as tour guides
  • assisting visitors
  • helping in research
  • assisting with technical projects such as restoration and aircraft cleaning.

Volunteer information sessions are held three times a year in March, July, and October. At these sessions, we provide an overview of different areas of the RAAF Museum and the opportunities that are available.

After that, if you are interested in volunteering, there is an induction session held three times a year in April, August, and October.

If you would like to offer your time as a Volunteer or to find out more, please get in touch. Phone the Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 8348 6341 during business hours or email us at RAAF.MuseumInfo [at] defence.gov.au (subject: Volunteer%20enquiry)  with the word "volunteer" in the subject line.

Friends

The Friends of the RAAF Museum are a vital ingredient in the future development of the Museum. Our Friends can be active or financial members.

There are many benefits to becoming a Friend of the RAAF Museum, including:

  • a quarterly publication, Aerogram, updates Friends on all Museum news
  • a free Museum calendar each year
  • free admission to Museum air displays
  • 15% discount in the Museum Shop.

You'll also have the satisfaction of being part of one of Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions; home to one of the best collections of historical aircraft in the world.

Visit the official Friends of the RAAF Museum website

Active Friends

Friends of the RAAF Museum are the public face of the museum as volunteer Host Officers.

Host Officers work in the main display area and act as tour guides for group bookings. Host Officers also assist visitors by answering questions, pointing out details of exhibits, and directing visitors throughout the Museum and the RAAF Base.

We also rely on our Friends behind the scenes. Friends volunteer to assist with many of our aircraft restoration projects, and a great deal of research. Volunteers greatly reduce the time these projects take by donating their time. They are also invaluable when the time comes for major activities, such as flying displays.

Volunteers at the RAAF Museum also participate in Training Days. These are an opportunity for qualified Museum staff and special guests to provide information to assist volunteers with their duties. We provide training on topics as diverse as aircraft handling, first aid, and curatorial practices.

Supporting Members

Whether due to distance or a busy schedule, we understand that not everyone who is interested in the RAAF Museum is able to spend time at the Museum.

Because of this, the Friends of the RAAF Museum also have Supporting Members, who contribute an annual fee that helps fund the activities of the Museum in all areas, from stores and aircraft acquisitions to restoration projects.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about becoming involved in the RAAF Museum as a Financial or Supporting Member, please get in touch.

Email us at RAAF.MuseumInfo [at] defence.gov.au or phone the Volunteer Coordinator (03) 8348 6341 to request a copy of the Friends of the RAAF Museum brochure.