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St John Ambulance Australia is a self-funding charitable organisation active in all States and Territories, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.

St John provides:

  • First aid training
  • First aid kits and components
  • First aid services at community and public events and assistance during national disaster relief, through volunteers
  • A range of community care services for the aged, the infirm, the immobile and the lonely
  • Ambulance services in Western Australia and the Northern Territory
  • Funding and support for Ophthalmic services at the St John Jerusalem Eye Hospital, in East Timor and in Australian communities
  • A national youth development program for young people aged 8 to 18 years
  • Public access defibrillators throughout the Australian community


We have been active in Australia for over 125 years and internationally are part of a wider organisation with a long and honorable history.

Each year, St John Ambulance Australia:

  • Delivers 380,000 first aid certificates, making it Australia?s largest first aid training provider;
  • Provides 1.4 million hours of voluntary service;
  • Treats 86,000 casualties.

St John Ambulance Australia has:

  • 10,000 first aid volunteers, in their familiar black and white uniforms, provide first aid coverage at public events and wherever crowds gather;
  • 3,600 Cadets (11-18 years) and over 700 Juniors (8-10 years) in its youth development program;
  • 2,400 non-uniformed community care volunteers, providing friendship, reassurance, survival skills and literacy support programs to those in need;
  • numerous other volunteers who support crucial fundraising and awareness programs;
  • 3,000 paid and volunteer ambulance officers in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, providing critical response and non-emergency patient transport;
  • 2,000 accredited, highly qualified and trained first aid instructors;
  • 350 paid staff members.