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National Volunteer Week celebrations

Each year volunteers contribute thousands of hours to our schools, preschools and children’s centres. National Volunteer Week gives us an opportunity to thank them.  

A chance to thank our volunteers

National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. In 2022 it was held from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May, celebrating the significant contribution of over 25,000 volunteers who dedicate their time to help our schools, preschools and children’s centres.

Volunteers contribute to the education sector in many ways, from reading in class to helping in the canteen. Our volunteers help us create a world-class education system.

Some of the ways we recognised volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2022

Participation in the National Volunteer Week parade in SA

The National Volunteer Week parade was held on Monday 16 May. 

Department for Education team posing in front of their thank you banner at the 2022 National Volunteer Week parade in Adelaide

Volunteer certificates

Anytime during the year you can download and deliver valued volunteer certificates (staff login required) (PDF 936KB) to volunteers.

Give a gift

Even though National Volunteer Week has been and gone for another year, volunteers can be acknowledged with a small gift of appreciation from the department. Water bottles, keep-cups or stationery kits are available free to schools, preschools and centres to pass on to their volunteers. Contact education.volunteers [at] sa.gov.au (subject: Volunteer%20gifts) for more details.

About our volunteers

The department has a volunteer workforce of more than 25,000 people who give their time and share their skills to help children and young people learn and grow.

Our volunteers are diverse. They are parents, family, caregivers and people from the community. They bring their life skills, expertise, knowledge and diversity to our schools, preschools and children's centres.

Our volunteers help in so many ways – find out why it’s good to volunteer with us.

Health and wellbeing of volunteers

During these uncertain times we know the importance of everyone’s wellbeing and we’re committed to making sure our volunteers are safe. We share some useful volunteer wellbeing strategies during COVID-19 on our website. 


To apply to volunteer, contact the children’s centre, preschool or school you want to volunteer with.

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