BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

Becoming an Official

Becoming an official makes you part of a team of volunteers who enable events to be successful.   Being an official gets you up close and personal to all the action and also teaches you some amazing skills along the way, but most of all there is the friendships which come with volunteering as an official with other Motorsport enthusiasts.

As a Motorsport Australia affiliated club we hold all our events under a Motorsport Australia permit, which requires us to have Motorsport Australia accredited officials at each event.  This means we are required to have officials at all of our come and try, driver training and drivers championship events.  We welcome anyone who wants to come and see what the fuss is all about! 

We've also prepared this slideshow on the process to becoming an official:

Motorsport Australia

Becoming a motorsport official is the best way of getting close to the action without being in the drivers seat. Volunteer officials are a vital part of motorsport and without them the sport could not function. Officials ensure that events are conducted safely, fairly and that the rules and regulations are upheld.

Every motorsport event requires a number of officials with various skills to perform a wide range of tasks. Events such as the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix need over 1,000 officials, whereas a club-level motorkhana or hill climb need only a few.

For more information about the Motorsport Australia Officiating Program please contact officials@motorsport.org.au

Chaplains in Motorsport

A motorsport Chaplain attends a motorsport event as a pastoral care person ('people carer') to be available for any personal or administrative matter that is deemed helpful for the running of the event. This may be with race team members, race officials on track, support staff, or others.



Team Medical Australia

Team Medical Australia is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation that provides medical services to motorsport competitors, support crews and officials.

Risks of motorsport to competitors are widely publicised and under race conditions the potential for roll-overs, collisions at high speed, pit lane fires, high velocity impact with speed traps and barriers are very much a reality. When these instances happen, members of Team Medical Australia are sent to respond.

Our volunteer members are a dedicated core of nurses, doctors, paramedics and drivers specialising in the provision of emergency medical care at motorsport events.

The values of our organisation are focused on actively encouraging our members to firstly support motorsport at all levels, not only as spectators but in the role of a valued volunteer medical team member to enable others to participate in their sport. Team Medical Australia is focused on team work, working together with all groups at motorsport events focusing on providing the best care for our patients and their families and supporting all those we come into contact with, with compassion and commitment to high standards of quality clinical trauma care.

Team Medical Australia now offers a new modular training program that comprehensively covers motor sports related trauma and medical services.

Excellence in Motorsport Medical Services - est. 2004
This ground breaking development in motor sports medicine in Australia covers both clinical and non-clinical aspects of Team Medical premier medical service. For more information, email: enquires@teammedical.org.au.






Victorian Fire and Rescue Squad

Potential members must be 18 years old and whilst previous firefighting experience is not essential, it is well regarded and training is provided. New members will be assessed over a probationary period before being eligible for full membership.

The squad currently holds meetings quarterly commencing in February.  Training is held on a regular basis.  Dates and locations vary depending on the training activity being conducted.

VFRS attend a range of diverse events from club level sprint days, State and National circuit race meetings, Supercars, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, World Superbikes and the MOTOGP.  Members are expected to be available to attend meetings throughout the year and commit to at least five race meetings or club events before being eligible to attend high profile and international events.

VFRS is affiliated with Motorsport Australia and our members are accredited and licenced MSA officials.  Our members are trained in fire supression and rescue techniques and the methods required to extricate drivers from disabled vehicles.  VFRS is focused on teamwork and we work closely with medical crews and other officials to ensure the best outcome possible is achieved.  Whilst there is always the potential for incidents on the track that we are required to respond to, often the only action we see is good close racing.  If you have a passion for motorsport and firefighting, becoming a VFRS member may be for you.

If you want to get close to the action, are reliable and enjoy working in a team, are at least 18 years old, or would like more information, contact us by email mailvfrs@gmail .com or visit our website (in the links at the top of the page).




Victorian Flagmarshalling Team

Interested in Motorsport?  Want to get close to the action while contributing to the success of the sport? The Victorian Flagmarshalling Team is now recruiting volunteers to officiate trackside at Motorsport events at Sandown, Phillip Island and Winton (located within Victoria). No experience necessary as training will be provided trackside at race meetings with experienced flag marshals. As a Flag Marshal, you will be allocated to a point around a motor racing circuit to convey information to racing drivers using a set of coloured flags.   This role is essential to the safe running of motor sport events, and will provide you with many skills and opportunities whilst being as close to the action as physically possible. As a new volunteer, you will be guided through an initial training period by senior officials while working track side to help you gain the skills required to be a competent Flag Marshal.   You will learn skills that you can take you to Motorsport events around Australia and the world.



Victorian Scrutineering Team

Scrutineering in Victoria

If want to go racing but can't afford it then become a scrutineer.


If you like motor racing and can't afford the cost but still want to be in the front line you should consider volunteering to be a scrutineer. As a volunteer scrutineer you get to not only see the cars that you love, but talk to the teams and drivers as well as ensuring that the cars meet the appropriate regulations. No experience is required and training is provided at no cost to you, all you need is a love of motor sport. If you are interested go to our website which is www.scrutineering.info for more details on who to contact about becoming a volunteer scrutineer. 

THE ROLE OF A SCRUTINEER

As a volunteer scrutineer you will be involved in the checking of a car that has been set up to go racing, rallying or off road. The main emphasis on race day is safety so the checking of drivers apparel and car safety items are a priority with non-critical checks being carried out as the day goes on. In addition you get the opportunity to get close to cars in pit lane and see them as they enter and exit the track while monitoring the support teams in action to ensure that cars are worked on in an appropriate manner and within the rules. When you gain the required qualifications and experience there are opportunities to volunteer to manage a category and get right into the nitty gritty of scrutineering.

​Benefits of being a Scrutineer are as follows:

  • Free entrance to events
  • Free lunch whilst on duty at the circuit
  • Free programs
  • Friendships are made with other officials and competitors
  • Belong to a team of volunteers with similar interests
  • Meet people you would not normally get to meet
  • Checking the cars that you would normally get to watch and admire 
  • A trackside experience that cannot be equalled




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