Community Programmes

Aboriginal Volunteer Program

The Aboriginal Volunteer Program (AVP) enables small groups of carefully-selected, well-trained and well-supported young Aboriginal volunteers to work collaboratively with the community of Oodnadatta on 10 week assignments to undertake locally identified community development projects.

The AVP has clear strategic goals which align with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Closing the Gap targets, particularly focussing on increasing indigenous literacy levels. As well as the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals to reduce inequality in all forms, everywhere.

The overall AVP goals are for volunteers to gain the confidence and skills to participate in and contribute to community life and for the Oodnadatta community to collaborate with volunteers. A complementary goal is to provide evidence and advocacy material to generate support for an ongoing Aboriginal Youth Volunteering Program.     

We have managed five successful programs in Oodnadatta from 2012 to 2017, winning the South Australian Adult Learning Community of the Year Award in 2017 for a social enterprise project.

The AVP is a partnership between Volunteering SA&NT, it's Aboriginal Reference Group, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) and the community of Oodnadatta.

For more information

Impact of the Aboriginal Volunteer Program on Aboriginal Returned Volunteers 2018
Explores the impact of the Aboriginal Volunteer Program on the daily lives of young Aboriginal Returned Volunteers and to determine whether this impact had transformed into benefits for Aboriginal and wider communities.

Oodnadatta Social Enterprise Workshop Photo Story 2017

Aboriginal Volunteer Program Report 2016

Applications for the AVP are currently closed.
For an Expression of Interest please contact AVP Program Manager

Commonwealth Home Support Programme -
Sector Support and Development

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), funded by the Australian Government of Health, helps older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer.

CHSP Volunteer Management Support Program

Through CHSP Sector Support and Development funding, our CHSP Volunteer Management Support Program aims to improve the capacity of all CHSP-funded organisations to establish, develop and support their volunteer programs and services. In particular, we assist with:

  • free advertising for volunteer positions
  • assistance with the preparation of volunteer recruitment advertisements
  • referral service to help find potential volunteers and help them apply for volunteer roles
  • training for volunteers and volunteer managers
  • access to networks for information sharing, advice and mentoring.

National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Our CHSP Volunteer Management Support Program assists CHSP funded organisations, (particularly Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) groups) by supporting volunteer managers to achieve the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement.

Our CHSP team can assist your organisation to recognise the areas of best practice and to identify opportunities for development. We will work with you on a one to one basis to:

  • help promote the National Standards within your organisation
  • conduct gap and self-assessments
  • identify training needs and resources meet the Standards
  • provide additional support and monitoring
  • help you construct an action plan

CALD CHSP Network for Volunteering

The CALD CHSP Network for Volunteering was established to explore innovative strategies for attracting and sustaining a volunteer workforce. The network leads the way by creating an environment of support, strength and partnership between organisations by:

  • working collaboratively in developing and sharing resources
  • identifying training needs
  • promoting and advocating best practice service delivery and partnerships
  • mentoring support to Volunteer Co-ordinators of CALD CHSP Services
  • supporting sector networking