Join the Scouts Australia International Team!

We are looking for a person to be part of the Scouts Australia International Team, so if you are interested in making a difference to International Scouting in Australia, please apply!

Assistant International Commissioner, Scouts Australia

The International Commissioner, Scouts Australia, is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated volunteer for the position of Assistant International Commissioner.This is a very exciting and rewarding position. Young leaders and youth members are encouraged to apply.

The role of the Assistant International Commissioner, Scouts Australia, is to assist the International Commissioner with the management of the international Scouting function for Scouts Australia. A 3 year term is available. 

Note: As the International Office has a particularly busy program and heavy workload, it is expected that the Assistant International Commissioner will have time and capacity available to do justice to the position. 

Download a copy of the Role Description and Selection Criteria

Applications for the position close on 8th November 2015 and should be sent to

Scouts Take Part in JOTA/JOTI Activities, WOSM

Scouts Take Part in JOTA/JOTI Activities, WOSM


New International Opportunities and : Norway, Finland, USA, UK

We’re currently looking for Expressions of Interests and Contingent Leaders for the following events, Contingent Leaders applications close 23rd November 2015:

Norwegian National Jamboree
1-8 July 2016

7th International Finland National Jamboree
20-28 July 2016

2016 Michigan International Camporee
24-31 July 2016

Charnwood 2016 International Jamboree
30 July – 6 August 2016

Urgent Scholarship Opportunity

Scouts Australia has just been invited to send 2 male Rovers (aged 18-23 years) to the 18th International Youth Gathering for Cultural Exchange, OMAN from 3-13th November 2015.

This has only just arrived, with applications closing soon for the scholarship on the 25th of September, so please see Information for instructions on how to apply.

Any questions, contact Neville Tomkins, International Commissioner, Scouts Australia.

Contingent Leader Positions: Mongolia, New Zealand, USA

We’re currently accepting applications until 8 November 2015 for the following positions:

Contingent Leader: World Scout Jamboree 2019, USA

Contingent Leader: Asia-Pacific Jamboree 2017, Mongolia

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Rover Moot 2016  [READVERTISED]

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Jamboree 2017 [READVERTISED]


4 New International Opportunities

Are you the most Outstanding Scout in the Asia-Pacific Region – enter the competition, and travel to Korea if shortlisted. Information and Application.

Aged 18-25 and want to have your say on the future of Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region? Apply to be an Observer to the Regional Youth Forum in Korea! Info and Application.

Ready to lead Scouts overseas?

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Rover Moot, 2016. Info and Applications

Contingent Leader: New Zealand Jamboree 2017. Info and Applications

All applications close 3 June 2015, get in quick! Any questions, contact Andrew Cooper, Assistant International Commissioner.

Gallipoli ANZAC Day 2015

Australian Rover Nicky Strachan was lucky enough to visit Gallipoli on ANZAC Day 2015. Here is her story:

As I wondered up to Chunuk Bair from the Lone Pine ceremony, past the harrow rabbit warren of trenches still present, saw the terrain that both sides battle upon and knowing that everywhere around lay the fallen solider in the ultimate sacrifice I shed many a tear.

For someone only very junior in their military career it was a humbling and inspiring experience. The legacy I and my fellow servicemen and women carry forward in the next 100 years must be to honour and remember them, but above all learn their must be a better way to manage conflict and find it.

In addition I was fortunate enough to met Mr Hasan D. Subasi – President and Chief Scout of Turkey and some of the thousands of Scouts up at Chunuk Bair.

They kindly invited me to their local camp tonight but unfortunately I was unable to join due to our tour.

However I may be seeing some over the next few days in Istanbul.

Papua New Guinea National Jamboree: Expressions of Interest

Scouts Australia is now accepting Expressions of Interest from Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, and Adult Leaders for the 2015 PNG National Jamboree.

Dates: 20-25 September, 2015, Papua New Guinea.

While we have limited details at this stage, Scouts Australia is committed to sending a contingent to this event, and more information will be available shortly for those who fill in the expression of interest form.

Click here to complete the Expression of Interest.

VACANCY: National SISEP Coordinator

The Scouts Australia International Team is now recruiting for a volunteer leader to fill the position of National Coordinator of the SISEP Program.

SISEP (Scouts International Student Exchange Program) provides 16-17 year old Venturer Scouts with the opportunity to experience a different way of life by spending their summer holidays with a Scouting family in Denmark, England, Indonesia or Japan! SISEP also allows Aussie Scouting families to host overseas Scouts for 6-8 weeks in winter.


Photo: Brooke Shepherd

Photo: Brooke Shepherd

More information on the SISEP program is available on our website.

The Job Description for this position is posted below. For a copy of the selection criteria, and more information on the applications process, please email

Applications for this position close 10th January 2015


Job Description

National Co-Ordinator: SISEP (Scouts International Student Exchange Program)


This is a unique position that involves working closely with participating overseas Scout Associations and overseas youth and State Co-ordinators in Australia who work with local Venturer Scouts and their families.

Reporting to:                        Scout Australia International Commissioner

Purpose of the Position:

  1. To facilitate the operation of SISEP in each participating Branch and encourage its development in non-participating Branches.
  2. To liaise with the participating National Scout Associations.
  3. To provide a rewarding experience for all participants.
  4. To support state co-ordinators.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Maintain a database of all outgoing and incoming exchange students.
  2. Maintain a database of host families.
  3. Prepare regular reports for National meetings.
  4. Regularly update Branch State Co-ordinators on happenings and progress.

Travel Outward:

  1. Establish the annual cost to participants; airfares and other charges.
  2. Liaise with Branch representatives regarding advertising, likely travel dates, charges, application deadlines, selection panels and procedures.
  3. Notify overseas co-ordinators of actual/likely numbers to require hosting.
  4. Follow up on preparation meetings.
  5. Work with travel agent ( for departure the last Sunday in November) to obtain the best fare that allows coordinated travel from Branches.
  6. Arrange Insurance cover through the National Office and Australian Scarves (2) gumnut woggle & name badge.
  7. Provide SISEP scarf, name tape and badge once payments have been received.

Travel Inward:

  1. Work with overseas co-ordinators to have profiles and travel dates of visitors as early as possible.
  2. Organise allocation of hosts for overseas exchange students.
  3. Ensure state co-ordinators have host families with school and scout group in place.
  4. Ensure availability to state co-ordinators when they are at the airport to meet arriving and see off departing youth so that the national co-ordinator is advised and in turn can advise the overseas co-ordinators of safe arrivals or departures.


  1. In accordance with standard Scouts Australia procedures maintain a bank account for all monies received/expended.
  2. This account is best audited at the end of December each year in line with the Program’s January to December operating dates.
  3. The Program should operate on a self funding basis with development costs being largely built in to the charges made to sending families.


  1. Provide advertising material for the state co-ordinators.
  2. Regularly update the SISEP page of
  3. Add new documents as required to Scoutfile.


The National SISEP Coordinator is to

  1. Be a wood badged Leader. If a wood badged leader of youth, commit to becoming a wood badged leader of adults within 12 months of appointment.
  2. Have completed the SAIT module on International Scouting.

Skills and Experience:

  1. Have good computer skills.
  2. Have travelled extensively ensuring a good understanding of different cultures.
  3. Have an understanding of the process to include short tern exchange students into secondary school education in Australia
  4. Show attention to detail.
  5. Have good communication skills.
  6. Have a proactive approach.