Volunteer to be a part of SMASH! 2024. Help us put on the biggest anime and manga convention in Sydney!

As a volunteer run organisation, we share a collective passion for putting together an event for fans, by fans. We are looking for enthusiastic people who share our vision and interest to join us!

Volunteering with SMASH! can be either a long term (SMASH! Staff) or a short term commitment focused on supporting the running of the convention (SMASH! Crew) – whatever best fits your schedule.

To be eligible for SMASH! Staff, you must be at least 18 years old, and for SMASH! Crew you must be at least 16 years old at the time of applications closing (you must be at least 18 years old for Maid Café). You will also be required to read through our policies prior to our convention days and acknowledge that you will abide by the requirements set out in these documents.

Crew Applications have now closed for 2024! Results will be released on April 10th!

Please note: only successful applicants will be contacted.

Due to the overwhelming amount of responses we receive each year, we have to make some tough decisions regarding volunteer applications.

If your application has been unsuccessful, we welcome you to apply again next year, otherwise we hope to see you at SMASH! 2024 as an attendee! If you wish to withdraw your application or have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


SMASH Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to bring people of all creative talents together to celebrate Japanese pop culture. From anime to manga and fanart to cosplay, you can find something to see and do at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!). What started as a small university event in 2007 has now grown to be one of Australia’s biggest Japanese pop culture festivals.

As a volunteer run organisation (yes, our President and all our hardworking staff volunteer their spare time to run SMASH!), we share a collective passion for putting together an event FOR fans, BY fans, and we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who share our vision and interest to join us in personally committing to making SMASH! one of the best convention experiences in Australia.


  • The chance to work in a unique and fun environment
  • Get to work behind the scenes at Australia’s largest anime convention
  • Make friends and mingle with like-minded people
  • A Volunteer Certificate to thank you for your contributions!
  • Ability to gain valuable experience and references
  • Unparalleled exposure!


Do you have a question around being a Staff member? Contact us at staff@smash.org.au

Apply for Staff