Did you know that over 500 people volunteer their time and energy to support many of our programs and services? Our volunteers come from all walks of life—business people, community leaders, students, parents and retirees. Whether you want to help others, gain valuable experience, share your own skills or make new friends, we may have just the right thing for you. Help for a day at a special event, be part of a project for a few weeks or contribute to a longer-term service.

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If you would like further information about volunteering or require a paper Volunteer Application form please contact the Volunteer Management Support Officer, Janelle Clarke, on 8301 7314 or jancla@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Volunteer orientation

All successful volunteer applicants must attend an orientation session prior to starting as a volunteer.  This ensures that all our volunteers receive information about volunteering within the council Volunteer Program and are prepared prior to starting their volunteer role.  This Volunteer Orientation Handbook provides further details about being a volunteer with the City of Onkaparinga.

The City of Onkaparinga is committed to ensuring its Volunteer Management Framework fulfils the expectations of the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (Volunteering Australia). 

About volunteering

We recognise the importance of building our communities’ capacity for volunteering.
We support volunteering to:

  • develop and strengthen the links between council and our communities
  • provide personal development opportunities for individuals in our communities
  • tap into the skills, experience, talents, energies, ideas and knowledge of people in our communities
  • extend and expand services to our communities
  • enable local people to play an active role in our council.

A volunteer is a person who:

  • benefits the community and themselves by participating in volunteer programs
  • provides their services of their own free will
  • does not receive any monetary reward (reimbursements of out of pocket expenses are not regarded as monetary reward)
  • undertakes activities which complement, but do not replace the services provided by paid staff.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • meet new people and expand your networks
  • be involved in activities and programs that make a real difference to local communities
  • gain new skills and experience in an area of interest that can create a pathway to employment.

‘You make a living by what you get,
but you make a life by what you give.’
Winston Churchill


Volunteer organisations

There are many other volunteering options available in our city. If you're interested in exploring other volunteer options, please contact one of the following organisations:

Office for Volunteers

The Office for Volunteers provides advice to the Minister for Volunteers and delivers support programs that contribute to the government’s priorities of building the capacity of community organisations to be sustainable in years to come, and encouraging all citizens to participate in community life and care for each other.

It also has a key role in implementing the Advancing the Community Together (ACT) Partnership, a landmark agreement between the volunteer community and state government, to work together to support the development of volunteerism in South Australia.  Their website provides a variety of information to support volunteering across the community

Southern Volunteering

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc provides a vital leadership role in advancing volunteering through service delivery, promotion, advocacy and support for individuals and the community. They provide the following services:

  • Information on volunteering opportunities and roles available in the southern suburbs of Adelaide
  • Training, information and support for not-for-profit organisations in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia including the Fleurieu Peninsula

Volunteering SA/NT

Its mission is to promote and celebrate volunteering and play a key leadership role in advancing volunteering by providing an extensive range of services, support and resources for volunteers and volunteer organisations.  Key services include:

  • Volunteer Referral Service: Experienced interviewers talk to potential volunteers about their interests and skills, options for volunteering and are linked with organisations that need volunteers.
  • Training, Support & Professional Development: Providing training and support to Volunteers, Volunteer Managers and Volunteer Coordinators in areas such as volunteer management, how to recruit young volunteers, teamwork, enhancing customer service skills and many more.
  • Policy & Research: Advancing and encouraging research into volunteering in South Australia and the Northern Territory, to aid the development of methodologies and understandings of volunteering processes and practices. Volunteering SA&NT also provides policy advice to the volunteer sector and other volunteering peak bodies, interstate and overseas.
  • Working with Targeted Populations: Promoting inclusion in the volunteer sector,  advancing volunteering in Aboriginal and wider Australian communities and offering supported volunteer placements for ex-offenders and volunteers with a disability.

Environmental volunteering

Our Nature Conservation team also works in close partnership with organisations such as Trees for Life and the NRM board to to protect and restore areas of bushland and coastal vegetation in our city.

Visit our Environmental Volunteers page for more information on how you can get involved.

Community centres

There are opportunities to volunteer and participate in courses in community centres and local community gardens. Find out more from a centre near you!


Volunteer Strategy for South Australia

The Volunteer Strategy for South Australia:

  • articulates a vision for volunteering over the next 6 years that is distinctly South Australian, reflecting our unique social and economic way of life
  • identifies where barriers prevent volunteers from participating as much as they would wish to
  • promotes opportunities to engage those least likely to volunteer
  • sets down a framework of priorities and an action plan to support Government decision making and policy development over the next decade
  • encourages community dialogue about the future of volunteering in South Australia.

The partners endorsing the Strategy are:

  • Minister for Volunteers (representing the State Government and supported by the Ministerial Advisory Group for Volunteering and Office for Volunteers)
  • Volunteering SA&NT (representing volunteer involving organisations and supported by regional volunteer centres)
  • Local Government Association of South Australia (representing local Councils and supported by the Local Government Volunteer Manager’s Network)
  • Business SA (representing business and industry in South Australia).


Here is a great video on the benefits on volunteering for your council. Congratulations to the councils involved in producing it:

  • City of Salisbury
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Township of Gawler
  • City of Playford
  • District Council of Mallala