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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Current Volunteer Vacancies

City of Onkaparinga Volunteers are individuals who are approved by, and registered with, the City of Onkaparinga to support the delivery of over 30 services, activities, programs or projects.

For current volunteer opportunities with the City of Onkaparinga, please click the below button.

Current volunteer opportunities

If you would like a paper Volunteer Application form please contact the Volunteer Management Support Officer, on 8301 7314 or jancla@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

If you do not find a suitable vacancy within the City of Onkaparinga Volunteer program, many more community volunteering vacancies can be found by searching: https://govolunteer.com.au

Volunteer selection and introduction

All our volunteer roles have personal and role requirements to ensure best fit for both the role and the individual.

Our volunteer selection process includes:

  • Completion of application form
  • Initial screening discussion (usually by phone)
  • Role interview with the selected program
  • Referee checks
  • DHS screening (where necessary)

All successful volunteer applicants must also attend a one hour council volunteering orientation where they will be required to sign a Volunteer Agreement prior to starting at their volunteering site/program 

On first attendance at their volunteering site/program, volunteers will receive a role specific induction to prepare them for their role and the management of Work, Health and Safety matters.

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Volunteer management

Volunteer roles are defined within Volunteer Position Descriptions with ongoing management being guided by the council Volunteer Involvement Policy, the Volunteer Code of Conduct and related council guidelines and procedures.

Our Volunteer Orientation Handbook provides further details about being a volunteer with the City of Onkaparinga.

Enquiries relating to volunteer management within council or seeking information to support community organisations involving volunteers can be directed to the HR Business Partner – Volunteer Management.

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Volunteer organisations

The following are organisation that support volunteering within South Australia:

Office for Volunteers

The Office for Volunteers is part of the Department for Human Services.  It 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.

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:
  • Training, Support & Professional Development
  • Policy & Research
  • Working with Targeted Populations  


Volunteer Strategy for South Australia

The Volunteer Strategy for South Australia articulates a vision for volunteering that is distinctly South Australian, reflecting our unique social and economic way of life.

The partners endorsing the Strategy are:

  • The State Government,supported by the Department for Human Services)
  • Volunteering SA&NT (representing volunteer involving organisations Local Government Association of South Australia (representing local Councils, supported by the Local Government Volunteer Manager’s Network)
  • Business SA (representing business and industry in South Australia).