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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.

Nominations now open for 2020 Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service!

Do your volunteers go above and beyond? Ever wondered how you can let them know they are appreciated?....Nominate them for the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service.

Emergency Recovery Volunteering

Volunteering SA&NT manages the registration and referral of spontaneous volunteers for South Australia. After natural disasters or catastrophic events such as the Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island bushfires, volunteers may be required to assist with the recovery process in the short and long term.. There are a variety of ways to contribute as a spontaneous volunteer.

Volunteering SA&NT have activated an online link for people to register as Emergency Recovery Volunteers. Volunteering SA&NT will work with emergency services organisations such as the CFS and State Emergency Service (SES) and not-for-profit organisations such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity or Samaritan's Purse in the allocation of volunteers to suitable positions.

Volunteering SA&NT is currently awaiting advice from recovery agencies to determine the need for recovery volunteers.

Register for 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).

Grants SA Minor Round 2 (including volunteer organisations) is now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified in April 2020.

The next Grants SA Minor Round is expected to open in May 2020.

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

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