The Advancing the Community Together (ACT) Partnership

About the PartnershipCover of the ACT Partnership document

A strong, vibrant and innovative not-for-profit community is essential to achieving a productive and inclusive society.

Launched on Volunteers Day, 19 May 2003, after an extensive consultation process with the volunteer community and government agencies, the Advancing the Community Together Partnership (ACT Partnership) (PDF 300.6 KB) represents a public commitment by the South Australian Government and the volunteer community to open, transparent, consistent and collaborative ways of working together.

The Partnership provides a framework for the relationship between the government and the volunteer sector and aims to increase consultation, address issues that impede volunteering and promote volunteering to South Australians.

In 2010-11, the Partnership was reviewed with community consultation held across the state, including workshop sessions and online surveys. The resulting report to the Minister for Volunteers, Reassess and Renew (PDF 158.5 KB) , has been endorsed by Cabinet.

Following the review, this important partnership agreement was recently revitalised and re-signed, to reflect the progress and strength of the ACT Partnership. The Premier of South Australia, Hon Jay Weatherill MP, and the original community partners re-signed the modernised agreement at the State Volunteer Congress on Monday 5 December 2011.

The Office for Volunteers, within the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, has oversight of the ACT Partnership and supports the Minister for Volunteers in achieving South Australia's Strategic Plan target 24 - Maintain a high level of formal and informal volunteering in South Australia at 70% participation rate or higher.

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The Partnership in action

The South Australian Government works with the volunteer community to implement the ACT Partnership in a variety of ways including:

  • hosting the State Volunteer Congress to address issues and respond to trends impacting on the volunteer community
  • regular communication with a range of advisory groups and networks - that include representatives from the government and the volunteer community 
  • participating in the recently developed Volunteering Strategy for South Australia

Volunteering Strategy for South Australia

On 14 February 2014, then Minister for Volunteers, the Hon Tony Piccolo MP, endorsed the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014-2020, along with three other partners: Volunteering SA&NT, Business SA and the Local Government Association of SA.

The Strategy is intended as a collaborative 'blue-print' for action between the four partner sectors. It articulates a joint commitment, highlights the key issues, and addresses the barriers to volunteering.

Since the launch in February 2014, a working group appointed by the partners has put into place a governance framework for the strategy's implementation.

The Volunteering Strategy Partnership Board, comprised of representatives from each of the strategy partners and an independent chairperson, will oversee and monitor the implementation of the strategy and its operational plan.

The Partnership Board started its work in April 2014. It is supported by four working groups, also with independent chairs, who are charged with implementing the strategy through a three-year operational plan.
The working groups will develop implementation plans for the following focus areas of the strategy:

  • Invest in the foundations of volunteering;
  • Promote and inform on the benefits of volunteering;
  • Implement leading practice and high quality standards; and
  • Working together to achieve change.

The Partnership Board will review the operational plan on an annual basis. The findings from this review will be combined with input from stakeholders to inform an annual progress report.

For more information on the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia, visit the website at http://www.savolunteeringstrategy.org.au/


Minister for Volunteers Report

The annual Minister for Volunteers Report showcases the variety of resources, programs and events provided by the South Australian Government working in partnership with the volunteer community.