Policy and research

Volunteering Strategy for South Australia

A cross-sector Volunteering Strategy for South Australia has been developed to improve the experience of volunteers, enhance the outcomes for volunteer involving organisations, and help maintain a high volunteer participation rate in South Australia.

Screening and police checks

Many organisations conduct screening and police checks as part of their volunteer recruitment processes. It can also be a requirement under legislation for volunteers working with vulnerable groups, such as children, older people and people with disability.

Visit the DHS Screening Unit website for more information, or subscribe to the DHS Screening Unit newsletter by emailing wwcc@sa.gov.au to receive regular updates on screening information.

Investigation on the transferability of criminal history record checks

The Volunteering Strategy for South Australia identified a barrier to volunteering as being that screening and police checks are often not transferable between different organisations.

A report (PDF 784KB) on the transferability of criminal history record checks across organisations and jurisdictions has been compiled by members of the Strategy's Working Group #3.

Volunteering in South Australia survey

The Volunteering in South Australia in 2018 survey report reveals that volunteer participation in South Australia continues to remain high with 66% of the population aged between 15 and 84 years actively volunteering.

Economic contribution of volunteering

The Economic Value of Volunteering in South Australia 2011 report shows that the economic value of volunteering has maintained its high value in South Australia over the years.

Volunteer rights and protection

Various laws protect the rights of volunteers when fulfilling their roles. These laws also aim to create an environment that encourages volunteering by protecting volunteers from liability claims for actions conducted in good faith.

Fact Sheets


To help ensure all volunteers can enjoy a healthy, safe and risk-free environment, organisations have certain responsibilities, including making sure they have adequate insurance to cover the activities of volunteers.

Resolving disputes

When grievances occur between volunteers and their organisations, most can be resolved internally, usually through an organisation's grievance procedure and disputes resolution policy.

Aged Care Act

Aged care workers and volunteers working directly with vulnerable people are required to have a police check to assess their suitability for working with frail older Australians.

Children's Protection Act

In South Australia, the protection of children is covered by the Children's Protection Act 1993.

Work health and safety laws

Everyone has a right to be safe at work, including volunteers.


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