Department of Human Services

Volunteers in SA continue making a big impact


In the last year, more than 900,000 South Australians have dedicated their time and energy to volunteer work, according to the latest Volunteering in South Australia in 2018 survey results.

Volunteers make a big impact in our community – we estimate their efforts contribute to 1.73 million volunteer hours per week.

The results show that 66% of South Australians participate in volunteering. Approximately 45% of respondents volunteer formally with local community organisations or groups, and 46% volunteer informally, such as by helping community members with yard and home maintenance, or childminding.

Key findings of the research include:

  • formal volunteers are most commonly aged between 35 and 54
  • 56% of formal volunteers live in regional SA
  • 38% of volunteers are with sport and recreation groups, followed by 23% with welfare and community groups, 20% with education and training groups, and 13% with religious groups
  • common reasons for volunteering include ‘helping others or the community’ (31%) and ‘to give something back’ (13%)
  • personal benefits to formal volunteering included ‘personal satisfaction’ (48%), ‘friendship’ (33%), and ‘feeling part of the community’ (22%).

The volunteering survey is conducted by Harrison Research every two years via telephone, randomly sampling more than 1,500 people over the age of 15 across South Australia.

For more information and to view the Volunteering in South Australia in 2018 survey results, visit

Page last updated : 04 Jan 2019

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