Department of Human Services

Volunteers Day and Thank You event

Volunteers Day

To recognise the significant contribution made by volunteers across the state, the Government of South Australia has proclaimed a special day in their honour. Volunteers Day is celebrated on the Monday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June every year.


2021 Volunteers Day Celebration

Each year on Volunteers Day, the Department of Human Services hosts a thank you event for volunteers to recognise and celebrate the many and varied ways that South Australia's 900,000+ volunteers dedicate their time to helping others and giving back to our community.

In 2021, the free thank you event was held on Monday 14 June 2021 to a full house of volunteers at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

The event  included the presentation of the South Australian Volunteer Awards, and featured Adelaide Cabaret Festival performances from:

The 2021 South Australian Volunteer Awards winners were:

The Joy Noble Medal. South Australia’s highest distinction for an individual volunteer.

  • Ms Betty Khor - women's rights advocate

The Premier’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. This award recognises the strong contribution the business sector makes to our communities through philanthropy, partnerships or releasing employees for volunteer service.

  • Sulivan Consulting

‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award. Awarded to a community, or group of volunteers, which has undertaken a community project resulting in significant community benefit.

  • Bushfire Recovery Program - Habitat for Humanity South Australia

The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award. This new award, offered in partnership with Volunteering SA&NT, recognises the dedication and commitment of volunteer managers who support and facilitate the engagement of volunteers

  • Ms Victoria Gautier - Carers and Disability Link

Read a wrap up of the 2021 Volunteer Thank You event.

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

For enquiries, contact us at DHS.Events@sa.gov.au or phone 8413 8174

Thank you to all our wonderful South Australian volunteers!


2020 Volunteers Day Message and Awards Presentation

Page last updated : 15 Jun 2021

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