Volunteers are the heart of our state.
Over 900,000 people – that’s approximately 70% of South Australians – freely donate their time and efforts to volunteer initiatives that contribute approximately $5 billion to our economy every year.
In 2014, we released the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2014-2020 in partnership with Business SA, the Local Government Association of South Australia and peak volunteering advocacy body Volunteering SA&NT. The Strategy provides a coordinated and collaborative blueprint for action, identifying opportunities to promote and sustain volunteering until 2020.
A Partnership Board comprising representatives of each partner and an independent chairperson oversees and monitors the implementation of the strategy. Working groups are identified to deliver initiatives and address specific issues associated with the four key areas of the strategy.
The first volunteering strategy ended in December 2020. Achievements matched to each of the strategy’s focus areas and targets is publicly available on the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia website.
The second Volunteering Strategy will be in place for a further 6 years and ensure the partnership’s sustained focus and commitment to the volunteering sector.
It was developed in 3 major stages:
- The first 2 stages of the consultation process were undertaken during 2019-20, and included a range of online surveys and focus groups.
- This current consultation is Stage 3, developing the second strategy document integrating feedback from key stakeholders.
The second Volunteering Strategy will be supported through a series of phased Action Plans. These will each be 2 years in duration and designed to be flexible and responsive to feedback and changing priorities or circumstances.
New or expanded initiatives will be detailed in the phased Action Plans.