Department of Human Services

SA Volunteer Awards

The South Australian Volunteer Awards recognise the invaluable work that volunteers, volunteer managers, community organisations and businesses contribute to the South Australian community.


2021 South Australian Volunteer Awards Applications Now Closed


SA Volunteer Awards:

  • The Joy Noble Medal. South Australia’s highest distinction for an individual volunteer and is open to all individual volunteers across the State.
  • The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award. Offered in partnership with Volunteering SA&NT, this award recognises the dedication and commitment of volunteer managers who support and facilitate the engagement of volunteers.
  • The Andamooka’ Community Project Award. Awarded to a community, or group of volunteers, which has undertaken a community project resulting in significant community benefit.
  • The Premier’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. This award recognises the strong contribution the business sector makes to our communities such as through philanthropy, partnerships or releasing employees for volunteer service.

The awards will be presented at a special Volunteer Thank You event to be held on Monday 14 June 2021, the Queen's Birthday and South Australia's Volunteers Day.

Nominations closed: 5pm, Monday 12 April 2021.

More information

Community Services - Volunteers
Email: ofv@sa.gov.au
Phone: 1300 014 712


2020 South Australian Volunteer Award Recipients

The Joy Noble Medal

Ms Jennifer Howard – Founder and CEO of Safe Pets Safe Families
The organisation provides programs and services that support and assist people in domestic violence situations to be able to leave safely with their children and pets so they can all be reunited when they are back on their feet. It also supports people who may be homeless or have fallen on hard times and their pets.

The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award

Mr Michael Feszczak – HR Business Partner – Volunteer Management, City of Onkaparinga
Highly regarded across the volunteer sector for his professionalism and volunteer management expertise. In his role as HR Business Partner – Volunteer Management with the City of Onkaparinga - he is responsible for overseeing the council volunteer program of 600 volunteers.

‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award

The ‘Archie Badenoch’ project
The Archie Badenoch is a historic 40-foot Auxiliary Work Boat with a significant connection to Port Adelaide. It is skippered, crewed, maintained and restored by a tight knit team of fifteen dedicated volunteers who run cruises along the Port River for school groups to share the story of the area’s history and ecology with students.

The Premier’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

The Ghan Kebab House
The Kilburn business works with a local soccer team to involve Afghan youth as a way of giving back to the community. A number of staff volunteer for the Ghan Kilburn Soccer Club and are encouraged to participate and volunteer within the community.

View the 2020 Volunteer Awards presentation


Celebrate our volunteers by posting your messages on the Department of Human Services’ Facebook page with #ThanksForVolunteering.


Contact us

Community Services - Volunteers
Phone 1300 014 712
Email ofv@sa.gov.au

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