South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


24. Volunteering:

Maintain a high level of formal and informal volunteering in South Australia at 70% participation rate or higher

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Harrison Research has undertaken biennial surveys on volunteering levels in the community since 2006. The 2016 survey was conducted on a statewide basis covering a sample of 1,500 households weighted to the age, gender and geographic profile of South Australia.

Of those people surveyed in 2016, 68% reported that they volunteered in some form. Approximately 42% of respondents reported being involved in formal volunteering and 49% reported being engaged in informal volunteering (some people were engaged in both).

The 2016 survey result indicates that more than 920,000 South Australians aged 15 to 84 years volunteer in some way. 

The Volunteering in South Australia in 2016 survey report is publicly available via the Office for Volunteer’s website (


Lead Agency

Office for Volunteers