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.

Register for the Volunteers Day Thank You Event!

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 for volunteers will be held on Monday 14 June 2021.

All volunteers are welcome to attend. Registrations are essential and close on 17 May 2021.

The event will include the presentation of the South Australian Volunteer Awards, and will feature Adelaide Cabaret Festival highlights, including performances from:

Register by 17 May 2021 click here

If you would like to register more than four people please contact us at or phone 8413 8174.

Tickets are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis until all available spaces are filled.

The department thanks the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for its generous support of our State's volunteers.

To promote the Volunteers Thank You event amongst your networks download the event poster (PDF 250 KB) and display it in your volunteer community or organisation. If you would like an image for sharing on social media please contact us for Facebook and Twitter graphics at .

2020 Volunteers Day Message and Awards Presentation

The 2020 South Australian Volunteer Awards winners were:

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

  • Ms Jennifer Howard - Founder and CEO of Safe Pets Safe Families

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.

  • The Ghan Kebab House

‘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 ‘Archie Badenoch’ project.

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

  • Mr Michael Feszczak - HR Business Partner - Volunteer Management, City of Onkaparinga

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

Thank you to all our wonderful South Australian volunteers!

Page last updated : 12 Apr 2021

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