About Volunteering

YRIPP Independent Persons (IPs) are volunteers who attend police interviews with a young person at a police station, when a parent or guardian is not available. The role provides an important opportunity to support young people at a critical time and to help divert those at risk of future offending. YRIPP rosters trained IPs to most police stations throughout Victoria 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

YRIPP volunteers need good communication skills, an openness to diversity and other peoples' values, and a willingness to be challenged and to learn. YRIPP is open to people from a diverse range of ages, work, education and life experiences.

YRIPP requires all potential volunteers to commit to completing approximately 25 hours of initial training conducted over a 3 month period and to commit to volunteering on the YRIPP roster for at least 12 months, after successfully completing the initial training.

If you are considering applying to become a YRIPP volunteer, check out the volunteer position description to see if you meet the key selection criteria. If you think you meet all the key selection criteria, apply here to become a YRIPP volunteer. 

If you have any questions please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Officer at volunteer@yripp.org.au or by calling 9340 3743.

PLEASE NOTE: Serving police officers, currently practicing lawyers and bail justices cannot become YRIPP Independent Persons. For more information click here.

YRIPP Volunteer Selection Process

Once you have completed the YRIPP online application form, your application goes into the YRIPP database. In some areas of Victoria where we need volunteers, we will begin processing your application quite quickly. In other areas where we do not need volunteers immediately, your application will not be processed for some months.

When YRIPP is recruiting volunteers in your area we will contact you to begin the selection process. This process usually includes attending an information session and participating in a telephone interview. Referees may be contacted at this point. YRIPP staff will screen your application against the key selection criteria outlined in the volunteer position description. If your application is successful, you will be invited to begin the YRIPP training program.

The principles of fairness and equal opportunity are applied to the process of volunteer recruitment and selection.

What does the YRIPP Initial Training Program include?

The YRIPP volunteer training and assessment program is approximately 25 hours and consists of:

  • A structured police station visit.
  • Online reading, audio-visual materials and comprehension activities.
  • A full day of face to face training. The training is usually run regionally and allows volunteers to practice their skills with other potential volunteers, which assists to prepare volunteers for their first call-out to the police station.
  • A post-training interview with a YRIPP staff member.

The training is intended to give trainees the basic knowledge required to fulfil the Independent Person role and covers each of the following areas:

  • Working with Young People in Police Custody.
  • Victoria’s Youth Justice System.
  • The Role of the YRIPP Independent Person including content about legal and human rights.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People.
  • Issues for Refugee and Migrant Young People.
  • Diversion and Referral.

Want to find out more?

Information sessions are held during recruitment periods for people to find out more about an Independent Person. These sessions give you the opportunity to find out whether the role is right for you. We will also tell you more about what the training involves and you can hear from current volunteers about what the role is like. Information sessions run for about 2 hours and are usually held in the evenings. If you complete an online application form you will receive details about upcoming information sessions in your area or contact our Volunteer Recruitment Officer for details at volunteer@yripp.org.au or by calling 93403743.