Volunteering SA&NT

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Advocacy Policy and Research

As a peak body, Volunteering SA&NT advocates for and supports the rights, wellbeing, and interests of volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and the wider volunteering community through systemic advocacy, policy development, research, and campaigns. 

We work with our members and other stakeholders in the volunteering ecosystem to provide evidence-based and strategic advice to government on how their decisions impact the volunteering sector. To do this, we provide submissions to inquiries and consultations, we develop policy related to volunteering, we sit on reference panels and committees, we engage in campaigns, and we engage with government, the business community, the higher education sector, and the wider community, to foster a culture that recognises and celebrates volunteerism.


Volunteering SA&NT’s submissions present the views of our members, our stakeholders and the wider volunteering ecosystem on topics and issues relevant to the sector.

Current submissions:

  • Submissions to government consultations and inquiries 
  • SA budget submissions


A strong research and evidence base is essential to our purpose to promote and build a vibrant, and strong volunteering community that is respected, sustainable and inclusive. Our advocacy, policy and research work is underpinned by current research, consultation and engagement with volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and the broader volunteer ecosystem.  

Current research:

  • The State of Volunteering Reports
  • Building capabilities Project – Volunteering as RPL partnership with Flinders University
  • ARC National Rural Volunteering Roadmap collaboration. 
  • Fact sheets, positions papers, information papers etc.


Volunteering SA&NT works on a range of campaigns. Our campaign work is informed by volunteers, our members, and the wider volunteer ecosystem to assist us to advocate for the rights of volunteers and to support innovation, diversity, and best practice in volunteering. 

Current campaigns: 

For example:

  • State of volunteering consultation 
  • State budget campaign
  • Shared campaigns with Volunteering Australia

National and State Volunteering Strategies.

The recently released National Strategy for Volunteering 2022-2033 and the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021-2027 provide important frameworks to guide the work that Volunteering SA&NT undertakes in South Australia and how we, our members and stakeholders will contribute to the implementation and operation of the National Strategy over the next 10 years. 

Current strategies:

  • National Strategy for Volunteering 2022-2033
  • Volunteering Strategy for South Australia 2021-2027