Department of Human Services


Volunteering is a vital part of the South Australian way of life – generating great community spirit and helping to make our neighbourhoods welcoming, safe and inclusive.

We provide strategic policy advice to the South Australian government about issues impacting volunteers, and help the Minister for Human Services maintain a high rate of people doing formal and informal volunteering in South Australia.

We also play a role in implementing the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014-2020, which was developed in collaboration with Business SA, the state government, the Local Government Association of South Australia, and Volunteering SA&NT. Through this partnership, we work with the volunteer community to create a variety of resources, programs and events to help support and develop volunteering in South Australia.

Volunteers Day Thank You 2020

All South Australians are invited to view the online South Australian Volunteers Day Thank You Message and Awards Presentation from 11am on Monday 8 June 2020.  

The Thank You Message was delivered by the Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall MP and the Minister for Human Services, the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC.

Join us in celebrating and thanking our state’s volunteers for their hard work, dedication and the valuable contribution they make to our community.

View the Volunteers Day Thank You Message and Volunteer Awards Presentation.

Emergency Recovery Volunteering

Volunteering SA&NT manages the registration and referral of spontaneous volunteers for South Australia.

During this extraordinary time of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers may be required to assist with a variety of support activities for vulnerable people. In the short term, volunteers may help with transportation and delivering supplies, well-being checks, call centre support, administration or computing tasks.

Additional spontaneous volunteering will be required over the coming weeks and months, and volunteers may be needed in the long term to assist with supporting community service organisations when they can return to pre-pandemic conditions and experience an increase in demand for services.

Read more and register expressions of interest to volunteer.


There is a range of grants for community organisations to help them support their volunteers and deliver services to the community.

To apply for a grant, organisations need to be:

  • registered and operating within South Australia
  • non-government
  • not for-profit
  • incorporated with a registered ABN, and
  • delivering services or support to the South Australian community.

If a community organisation is not incorporated, their grant application will need to be sponsored by an incorporated organisation or a council registered under the Local Government Act 1999.

Other state government grants include:

Grants SA

Grants SA provides over $3 million in grants annually to community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians, particularly those who are experiencing disadvantage.

The priority groups for Grants SA funding are:

  • People and/or communities experiencing disadvantage, meaning those with less access to social and economic opportunities
  • Volunteers (Minor round only).

COVID-19 Support Grant - Round Open

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations so they can continue to deliver programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Australian Government’s Department of Social Services also offers grants through their Families and Communities Grant Program, to help strengthen communities.

Contact us

Community Services: Volunteers
Telephone: 1300 014 712

Screening enquiries
Telephone: 1300 321 592

Street address

Level 8, Riverside Centre
North Terrace

Postal address

Community Services – Volunteers
GPO Box 292
Adelaide SA 5001

Page last updated : 17 Jul 2020

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