2015 Volunteers Day

2015 Volunteers Day

Attendees filling the Festival Theatre in 2006More than 1,500 people celebrated the outstanding efforts of the state's volunteers at the 2015 Volunteers Day celebration in Adelaide last year.

The event brought together a mix of inspiring volunteers including individuals, community-minded clubs and businesses with a strong sense of corporate responsibility.

In the presentation of the 2015 State Volunteer Awards, Michelle Sibbons was awarded the Joy Noble Medal for outstanding efforts in volunteering. Michelle was recognised for her work supporting families with children suffering from Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, a rare and potentially life-threatening condition. 

The West Beach Surf Life Saving Club received 'The Andamooka' Community Project Award for its 'On the Same Wave' Project. This project teaches newly-arrived immigrants how to be safe at our beaches.

Adelaide Airport Limited was awarded the Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for its partnership approach to community investment.


The South Australian Government values the significant contribution made by volunteers across the State. In recognition of this enormous effort, it has proclaimed a special day in their honour. Volunteers Day is now celebrated on the Queen's Birthday public holiday every year.

A free event will be held on Monday 8 June 2015 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre to thank South Australia's dedicated volunteers. All volunteers are welcome to attend, registration is essential.

The event will feature presentation of the State Volunteer Awards, door prizes and Adelaide Cabaret Festival highlights, including performances from:

View the complete 2015 Volunteers Day Program (PDF 1.5 MB)  here now!  

Registrations for the 2015 Volunteers Day event have now closed.

Although all tickets for this year's event have been filled, a number of ticket holders may not attend so there may be a small number of seats available on the day. You are welcome to come along on the day in case further seats become available; however we cannot guarantee this will happen. If you decide you would like to do this please register here.

You can also express your interest to be added to the mailing list to receive an invitation to register for next year's event as soon as registrations open. Simply click here and provide your details.

The department thanks the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Cabaret Festival for their generous support of our State's volunteers. In order to make a day of it, there are three great shows happening after the Volunteers Day event with all tickets being offered at concession prices. To find out more information and to purchase tickets click on the following show titles Piano Lessonsat 2pm, The Front at 2.30pm and Michael Griffith's Cole at 4.30pm. You can check out Barry Humphries' full Adelaide Cabaret Festival program here.

To promote the Volunteers Day event amongst your networks please feel free to download and display the event poster (635KB) in your volunteer community or organisation.


The Volunteers Day celebration also features the release of the Minister for Volunteers Report

The report looks back on the past year's volunteering achievements. In particular the report highlights the range of initiatives and programs developed and delivered in partnership with the volunteering sector.