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, 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.

Registrations for the 2021 Volunteers Thank You event have now closed as all allocated seats have been filled.

Emergency Recovery Volunteering

Our communities rely on skilled volunteers to assist in emergencies (floods, bushfires, cyclones and vehicle accidents). In South Australia, volunteers make up the majority of personnel serving in the SA Country Fire Service, the State Emergency Service and St John Ambulance.

In an emergency, Volunteering SA&NT manages the authorised registration of people who wish to volunteer to help in the community.

Read more about emergency recovery volunteering.


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).

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
Phone 1300 014 712

Screening enquiries
Phone 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 : 23 Apr 2021

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