Volunteer Roles

Clearly defined and meaningful volunteer roles ensure that the work done by volunteers meets both the needs of the volunteer and the objectives of the organisation.

Having clear and meaningful role descriptions for all volunteer positions is critical

Defining roles and tasks for volunteers allows managers and volunteers to have a clear understanding of the expectations, time commitment and skills that are required for the role.

Well defined volunteer role descriptions will ensure organisations can match volunteers with appropriate work roles, provide relevant and satisfying activities for volunteers and ensure that involvement of volunteers contributes to the strategic objectives of the organisation.

Recruitment and Selection

The recruitment process requires planning and preparation which helps ensure the necessary procedures and documentation are in place to support everyone involved.

In order to encourage and welcome diverse groups of volunteers into your organisation remember to think innovatively when recruiting volunteers and your advertising.

Volunteer managers from a range of not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and/or Government agencies can utilise Volunteering SA&NT's networks to recruit volunteers.

Organisations wishing to register to advertise their volunteer positions on the national database (with links to the volunteer page of SEEK and GoVolunteer websites) must have Public Liability and Volunteer Protections Insurance. See FAQs for more information


There are a number of networks for volunteer-involving organisations and volunteer managers and co-ordinators across South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Networks SA & NT

Screening and Working with Children Checks

Depending on volunteer roles, a police or screening check may be required. Please also consider legal requirements and funding obligations. You may need to undertake interviews, information sessions and other options as part of a screening process.

Volunteering Strategy for South Australia has compiled a table giving a national snapshot of the level of checking used by states and territories to process Working with Children Checks (WWCCs). The comparison table is the result of the increased national focus towards a consistent approach to WWCCs and shows the different, as well as the common sources of information each state and territory draws upon in determining whether to approve a WWCC.