Volunteering with the government
South Australian public sector agencies work in partnership with volunteers across the state in a variety of ways to deliver a range of services to the general community. This is reflected in the partnership agreements between the government and volunteering sector - Advancing the Community Together Partnership and the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014-2020.
Many government departments and agencies provide volunteering opportunities, as listed below.
State Library of South Australia - volunteers undertake a range of roles that help make library resources available.
Adelaide Fringe Festival - volunteers give and gain invaluable experience to assist with this world-renowned event.
Art Gallery of South Australia - volunteer positions become available in areas such as the information desk and the gallery's research library. Volunteers can also become gallery guides.
Courts Administration Authority - the volunteer service provides a vital link between the court and its clients and maintains a high level of service to all court users.
Department for Correctional Services - volunteers provide assistance and support such as running libraries in prisons, assisting prisoners' families, transporting visitors to prisons, helping prisoners reconnect with the community. Email DCS.VolunteerUnit@sa.gov.au about opportunities.
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion - volunteers work with people with disability and those who are financially disadvantaged, vulnerable, at risk of harm or isolated.
Justice of the Peace Services - being a Justice of the Peace (JP) is a voluntary activity. The role of a JP is to act as an independent and objective witness and sign documents that people use for official or legal purposes.
South Australia Police - various opportunities state-wide to suit a broad range of skills and interests.
Environmental volunteers - visit the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources' volunteer hub for information on a range of environmental programs and activities.
Fishcare - volunteers help recreational fishers understand the rules and regulations that apply to them.
Friends and volunteers groups - most national parks have a group of friends passionate about their conservation and protection. Special interest groups also abound. They range in areas of interest from butterflies to 4WD adventures, from the heritage and history of the Adelaide Gaol to walking the Heysen Trail.
Landcare - thousands of Australians give time to their local Landcare group. All you need is an interest in the environment and enthusiasm for conservation.
Natural resources management - volunteers take part in activities such as planting trees, monitoring frog and platypus populations, weeding and cleaning waterways, regenerating wetlands, growing seedlings, revegetating native habitats for threatened species, and improving sustainable farm practices.
Country Fire Service (CFS) - a volunteer based, fire and emergency service dedicated to protecting life, property and environmental assets in regional and semi-metropolitan South Australia.
Post-emergency recovery operations - in the event of an emergency, Volunteering SA&NT will activate a phone number and an online link for people to register. Alternatively, you can register your interest now to become a skilled volunteer for emergency situations.
SA Ambulance Service - outside the metropolitan area and major regional centres SA Ambulance relies on dedicated volunteers to deliver their service. Without these volunteers, many rural areas would not have a local ambulance service.
State Emergency Service (SES) - gives immediate assistance during emergencies and disasters as well as providing community response to day to day incidents such as vehicle accidents, searches, cliff rescues, flood and storm damage situations.
Volunteer Marine Rescue - working alongside the State Emergency Services Marine Unit, volunteers assist search and rescue authorities by providing a 24-hour response to marine emergencies.
Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources - offers many volunteer opportunities ranging from environmental field work to assist with the operations of government-owned historic sites and buildings.
Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide - fosters interest in the activities of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and raises funds to benefit the Gardens.
Youth Environment Council of South Australia advises the government on the environmental perspectives of young people. It includes young people from all education systems in SA and peak youth organisations.
Public hospitals in Metropolitan Adelaide and Country South Australia - each hospital has a range of volunteering opportunities including guide services, retail outlets, ward activities and special support programs. Contact the hospital direct.
Department for Environment Water and Natural Resources - offers many different volunteer opportunities ranging from environmental field work to assist with the operations of government-owned historic sites and buildings.
History Trust of South Australia - offers volunteers a variety of work including cataloguing collections, maintaining research libraries, research, providing education and school holiday programs, conducting oral history interviews and assisting at exhibition openings and other special events.
Preschools and schools
Student mentoring - links role models drawn from members of the community, with students at risk of leaving school early.
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) - volunteers in preschools and schools make an essential contribution to the achievement and well-being of children and students across the state.
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) - child protection volunteers help to provide a safe, supportive environment where children and young people can develop and experience childhood to its fullest.
Sport and recreation
Office for Recreation and Sport - provides a range of information regarding volunteers, volunteer management and getting involved as a volunteer in the active recreation and sports sector.
The Women's Information Service - provides free and confidential support to women in a range of areas including relationships, health, legal matters, housing, financial issues, work, education and violence.