NGO and Sector Support

Helping NGO’s achieve their vision

NGO’s (Non-government organisations) never sleep.  Their success – and in many cases their existence – requires significant ongoing effort and support.  DHS can provide such support.

The department owns and administers training and accreditation programs which assist non-government organisations of any size, type and sector.  These programs are designed to help your organisation deliver higher quality services which improve customer outcomes, support the commissioning process, mitigate risks and provide a vehicle for sector development initiatives.

Apply for a Grant

View and apply for current grants.


Screening Checks

Screening checks (SA.GOV.AU) contribute to creating safe environments for children and other vulnerable people. (External website)


Child Safe Environments training

Training for organisations with staff and volunteers that provide services to children and young people.


Safe Work Instructions (SWI)

Safe work instructions (SWIs) help you to perform a variety of care activities safely and competently.


Quality Improvement Program Guide

This guide is for service providers who are seeking Grants SA or multi-year funding from the Department of Human Services. This guide will help you to determine which is the right quality improvement program for you.


Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES)

This internationally accredited program helps NGOs of all sizes to improve business practices and client services.

STARservice Development Program

A free online development tool to help small community organisations improve work practices.

Volunteer Recognition

Recognising volunteers’ contribution is important not only to help retain their services but also to show appreciation for their personal dedication.


LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Workplaces

Everyone deserves to access services with the confidence that they will be respected and treated fairly, free from discrimination. This page provides information about accreditation, training and resources that can assist your organisation to become more LGBTIQA+ inclusive.


Interpreting and Translating Centre

Access qualified translators and interpreters experienced in most of the community and commercial languages of South Australia.

Visit the Interpreting and Translating Centre Website.


Results-Based Accountability

Results-Based Accountability (RBA) is a methodology that builds the capacity of community organisations to deliver quality services to the people of South Australia. DHS collaborates with community partners to embed RBA methodologies into programs and funding streams.

Social Impact Framework

Supporting service providers and government to assess how well a program meets the evidence-based conditions for social impact.


Community Visitor Scheme

The Community Visitor Scheme aims to protect the rights of people living with disability or mental illness.


Exceptional Needs Unit

Supporting individuals and families who have multiple complex needs and risk factors.


SA Restrictive Practices Authorisation scheme

The Restrictive Practices Authorisation scheme was created to implement new laws that provide safeguards for people with a disability.