In 2001,South Australia was the first state in Australia to appoint a Minister for Volunteers. This appointment recognised the importance of volunteering to individuals, the community and to promote a civil society. The International Year of Volunteers was also celebrated in 2001, and a journey commenced in South Australia to create a compact between the Government and the Volunteer Sector. The compact, “Advancing the Community Together” was subsequently signed by the Premier and 29 volunteer-involving organisations.
In 2011, South Australia tabled a report of significant achievements to the United Nations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of International Year of Volunteers. That year also saw a re-commitment to the compact with the release of the revitalised “Advancing the Community Together” partnership.
The Volunteering Strategy for South Australia is a continuation of this important journey of collaboration, for the benefit of volunteers, volunteer-involving organisations and the advancement of volunteering.