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Minister's Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service

The Minister for Education Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service aims to recognise those in preschool and school communities who make a significant contribution to enhancing and uplifting the lives of others by volunteering.

Preschools and schools have a perpetual plaque on which they can engrave the names of award winners each year.

The award scheme is optional and is open to Catholic and independent schools as well.

Presenting the award

Preschools and schools select an individual volunteer working in their preschool or school community for the award each year.  Sites are also free to choose a group of people to recognise.

In a department school, the governing council, after consulting with the site leader, will decide who to give the award to and who should present it.

The presenter could be: 

  • a student
  • principal/director
  • council/committee chair
  • local member of parliament.

Preschools and schools can decide when in the year the award is presented. Some possibilities are during national volunteer week, state volunteers day or an end of year event. The site will then engrave the name and year of the award winner on one of the plates on the plaque.

The plaque is usually placed in a prominent location at the preschool or school, such as in the front office area.

The recipient will also be given a certificate from the Minister to acknowledge the award. Sites should contact us to request a certificate.



To apply to volunteer, contact the site you want to help

Look for the children’s centre, preschool or school  you want to volunteer with.

Volunteers – Engagement and Wellbeing directorate

Phone: 8226 3795
Emaileducation.volunteers [at] sa.gov.au