Department of Human Services

Start of main content.

Volunteers Day

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.

Celebrating volunteers for 20 years

This year’s SA Awards event marked 20 years since South Australia officially proclaimed the Monday of the June long weekend to be Volunteers Day, a special day to celebrate and honour volunteers. It follows the Volunteer Parade and Celebration held on 16 May to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Last year, the Department of Human Services launched the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021–27 during National Volunteer Week. The strategy aims to increase the participation of young people, build the capacity of organisations to upskill and retain volunteers, and help more people enjoy the rewarding experience of giving their time.

2022 Award winners

The awards were presented by Minister for Human Services Nat Cook and Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services Lois Boswell in the following categories:

Joy Noble Medal

Recognising an individual volunteer for their outstanding contribution to the South Australian community.

Winner - Monique Bareham – Consumer advocate in cancer survivorship and lymphoedema patient care.

Premier’s Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Recognising the strong contribution of South Australia’s business sector to the community through its support of volunteering.

Winner - RAA Group: for pivotal support to the Foodbank RAA Mobile Food Hub to provide essential food relief in regional South Australia.

‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award

Recognising a community, or group of volunteers for undertaking a community project resulting in significant community benefit.

Winner - Paid 4 U Cafe: Fully run by volunteers, Paid 4 U Cafe is the first pay it forward cafe in Adelaide where the homeless or financially struggling families are welcomed

Excellence in Volunteer Management Award – in partnership with Volunteering SA&NT

Recognising a volunteer manager for their dedication to supporting and facilitating the engagement of volunteers.

Winner - Amanda Parker, Manager, South Australian Volunteer Ranger Program, National Parks and Wildlife Service SA

Learn more about the four award recipients

We congratulate each and every worthy recipient of these awards for their dedication to their community.

Collectively, South Australian volunteers contribute an estimated 1.7 million hours of unpaid work each year. The value of that unpaid labour is estimated at almost $5 billion.


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:

  • Michael Griffiths
  • Bob Downe and Willsy
  • Amber Martin

Wrap up of the Thank You event

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

Thank you to all our wonderful South Australian volunteers!


2020 Volunteers Day Message and Awards Presentation

Page last updated : 25 Aug 2022

This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence. © Copyright 2021 DHS .[sm v5.5.6.6]