The first of its kind

The Volunteering Strategy for South Australia is a ‘world first’ partnership agreement that has been collaboratively developed, is sector-led, and has cross-sector support.

This cross-sector partnership is essential to achieving impact. The strategy partnership has unleashed innovative ways of working, mobilising expertise and resources, created shared accountability and generated shared value. Each sector has a valuable role to play, but it is in collaboration that real transformation is happening.

Why volunteers are important

Volunteering plays a key role in sustaining healthy, resilient communities and contributes significantly to the quality and vibrancy of our society.

As a community, South Australia depends on over 900,000 volunteers to support the provision of essential services and help maintain community wellbeing. Together they give 1.7 million hours, equivalent to 107,400 full time jobs, worth about $5 billion to our state each year.

We want to make sure that the number of volunteers continues to grow and that we can embrace new opportunities so that volunteering remains vibrant and strong. We are committed to the implementation of this strategy and look forward to working in partnership to see our outcomes achieved by 2027.


The Volunteering Strategy is a collaboration between the following four partners.

South Australian Government

Representing the State Government agencies and supported by Department of Human Services

Volunteering SA&NT

Representing volunteer-involving organisations and supported by regional volunteer resource centres

Local Government Association of SA

Representing local Councils and supported by the Local Government Volunteer Manager’s Network

Business SA

Representing business and industry in South Australia

The Volunteering Strategy Partnership Board

The Partnership Board comprises representatives from each of the partner organisations.

Christel Mex

Independent Chair for South Australia’s Volunteering Strategy

Katherine Hawkins

Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Reform, Department of Human Services

Representing State Government

Karen Van Gorp

Senior Policy Advisor, Business SA

Representing business and industry in SA

Lisa Teburea

Executive Director, Public Affairs, LGASA

Representing Local Government

Evelyn O’Loughlin

CEO, Volunteering SA&NT

Representing the volunteer sector

Working group

Student Volunteering Working Group

A new working group focused on strengthening and promoting volunteering as a pathway to employment for young people has been formed.

Download The Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021-2027