Yellow Shirts

Yellow Shirts

O-Week at UNSW is one of the biggest and best orientation weeks in Australia. Every year, around 6,000 new students are welcomed to the University by the friendly faces of the O-Week volunteers.

Every year, approximately 170 enthusiastic volunteers known as Yellow Shirts get the chance to spend one unforgettable week helping incoming students find their feet and have fun at UNSW.

As one of the biggest orientation programs in Australia, Yellow Shirts is a highly sought-after volunteering opportunity for students every year.


O-Week volunteers are responsible for acting as an information point and successfully running tours and social activities (such as giving out fairy floss and hosting Campus Idol) for new students. Yellow Shirts also contribute to the University's presence at night events.

How to get involved

Apply online. Intake occurs around Week 8 of Semester 2.


  • Coordinator
  • Organising Team Member
  • Squad Leader
  • Volunteer


Training over the summer break equips volunteers with all required skills as well as team bonding and campus knowledge.


Orientation Week Semester 1, Open Days, Orientation Day Semester 1.


Availability of activity

Semester - weekdays, Semester break - weekdays, Semester break - weekends

Type of activity

Student led teams

Provider of activity

Arc @ UNSW

Interest area

Accounting & office management, Fundraising & events, Marketing, media & communications, Music & entertainment, Sport, outdoor & physical activities, Tutoring & mentoring

Skills required and/or developed

Critical & analytical thinking, Event & project management, Interpersonal & communication, Leadership, Organisational & time management, Problem solving & practical skills, Team work & networking

Contacts and more information


Arc @ UNSW


O-Week Coordinator




02 9385 7632

For more information about co-curricular activities see UNSW Advantage.