Volunteers Day and South Australian Volunteer Awards

Volunteers Day

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 long weekend every year.

Each year, the Department of Human Services hosts a thank you event for volunteers, coinciding with Volunteers Day, to celebrate and thank our state's volunteers. Through this event we recognise and celebrate the many and varied ways that South Australia's 900,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help others and give back to our community, from patrolling beaches and helping in emergencies, to delivering food and providing companionship to the elderly and isolated.

2018 Volunteers Thank You event

Applications for the 2018 State Volunteer Awards are now closed.

The Awards will be presented at the 2018 Volunteers Thank You event on 11 June 2018. All South Australian volunteers are invited to this special event at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Registration is essential. For more information and to register to attend this free event, click here.

South Australian Volunteer Awards 2017

The State Volunteer Awards recognise the invaluable work volunteers, community organisations and businesses contribute to the South Australian community.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Joy Noble Medal – the highest distinction for individual volunteers in South Australia

  • This was awarded to Michael Brisco for his pivotal role in initiating and developing Bikes for Refugees. Since January 2015, Mike has volunteered full-time, putting in more than 40 volunteer hours each week. Bikes for Refugees supplies bicycles free of charge to people in need. The workshop is also open to the public to borrow tools and buy second-hand parts.

Premier's Award for Corporate Social Responsibility – acknowledges the invaluable contribution of South Australian businesses that lead change in our community through philanthropy, partnership and corporate volunteering

  • Phil Hoffmann Travel was awarded for its strong philosophy of ‘giving beyond self’ by supporting and encouraging its team of more than 200 staff to give back to their communities. Phil Hoffmann Travel helps Minda with fundraising, community engagement awareness and social inclusion initiatives. Staff raise thousands of dollars and volunteer hundreds of hours of their time.

'The Andamooka' Community Project Award – recognises volunteer projects of significant community benefit

  • TheWilmington Progress Society ‘Beautiful Valley Op Shop’ project is the 2017 recipient. The op shop financially supports volunteer groups and organisations requesting funding for projects and events to make their town a better place to live. It supports the unemployed, the disadvantaged and the socially and geographically isolated, as well as maintaining locals' involvement in town improvements.

*Information about the 2018 event and award nominations will be posted on this page soon.


Volunteers Day 2016

Volunteers Day 2015

Volunteers Day 2014

Volunteers Day 2011

Volunteers Day 2010

Volunteers Day 2009

Volunteers Day 2008

Volunteers Day 2007

Volunteers Day 2006

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