National Volunteer Week Events 2017


During National Volunteer Week thousands of events are held across the country including thank you breakfasts, morning teas and sausage sizzles as well as open days, awards ceremonies, street parades, garden parties and movie nights. Below is just a sample of the events from 2016.

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Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day)

The purpose of the WOW Day campaign is to inspire people to wear orange on 11 May in recognition of the efforts of thousands of SES volunteers across Australia who give up their time to serve their communities in floods, storms and other emergencies.

WOW Day will be recognised nationally on 11 May this year with the simple call to action: wear orange. Orange is the official colour of the State Emergency Services across the country so wearing orange on WOW Day is a great way to show support for all SES Volunteers.

Date: Wednesday 11 May, 2016



2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards

The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards will be held during National Volunteer Week on Monday 9 May at the AIS Arena The awards are proudly sponsored by our community partner Beyond Bank Australia

Date: Monday 9 May, 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Place: AIS Arena, Canberra
Contact: Volunteering ACT

Geoscience Australia – #NVW2016 National Mineral & Fossil Collection Tours

Visit Geoscience Australia and join a special tour behind the scenes of this world class collection of amazing specimens. Suitable for ages 8 and over.

Dates: Monday 9 May and Tuesday 10 May
Times: 10am, 2pm and 4 pm
Place: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Drv, Symonston ACT
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Essentials for Volunteers training

Volunteering ACT is running a special Give Happy Live Happy information session all about Volunteering! You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of what is involved in volunteering for a Volunteer Involving Organisation and an insight into your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer.

Date: Wednesday 11 May, 2016
Time: 10am – 11.00am
Place: Volunteering ACT, 202 City Walk Civic
Contact: Volunteering ACT

Volunteering Open Day 2016

In celebration of National Volunteer Week 2016, Volunteering ACT is hosting a Volunteering Open Day at the CONTACT Shopfront in the Griffin Centre, Genge Street in the City between 10.30am – 2.30pm on Thursday 12 May 2016 to help people find volunteering opportunities. If you are an organisation who wishes to display your collateral for the Volunteering Open Day contact Jessica at

Date: Thursday 12 May, 2016
Time: 11am – 1pm
Place: CONTACT Shopfront, Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Civic
Contact: Volunteering ACT



North Coast TAFE thank you event

North Coast TAFE is holding this event to thank their community volunteers and to provide them with an opportunity for community engagement & recruitment.

Date: Monday 9 May, 2016
Time: 12.00 to 1.30pm
Place: CHEC Campus (Hogbin Dr, Coffs Harbour)

National Volunteer Week 2016 Forum

Special guest speaker Dr. Thomas Nielsen from the University of Canberra will be giving an address entitled “Giving: a strong predictor of health and happiness”. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the value of volunteering and recognise the contribution that volunteers make to our community.

Date: Monday 9 May, 2016
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Place: Parliament of New South Wales Strangers Lounge, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Contact: The Centre for Volunteering

Evergreen Life Care  Thank you lunch

Evergreen Life Care provides Residential Aged Care and independent living accommodation in West Gosford. Evergreen Life Care is  hosting a lunch to say thank you to all the volunteers at Evergreen Life Care. A huge thanks for the time they give to the elderly residents at Evergreen Life Care.

Date: Tuesday 10 May, 2016
Time: 11.30am
Place: Evergreen Life Care – Community Centre West Gosford

Moree Family Support – Free Morning Tea in the Park in honour of Volunteers

Date: Friday 13 May, 2016
Time: 10am – 12pm
Place: Apex Park Moree
Contact: 02 6752 4536

Tweed, Byron & Ballina Community Transport thank you volunteer celebration!

Volunteers, your family, friends and partners are all welcome to join us on Saturday morning for a barbecue brunch. Fun and games, as well as entertainment from the band Black train. Certificates of service will be presented to all volunteers, who will go in the draw for lucky door prizes galore! Brunch and refreshments provided. Call you local TBBCT office 1300 875 895.

Date: Saturday 14 May, 2016
Time: 9.00am  – 12.00pm
Place: Banner Park, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Contact: Tweed, Byron & Ballina Community Transport



Australia Day Council NT National Volunteer Week celebration

Australia Day Council NT is celebrating National Volunteer Week 2016 with ‘Young Aussies Lunch in the Park’; with the 2016 Young Australian of the Year Award Recipients Lucas Patchett and Nic Marchesi from Orange Sky Laundry, special guest speaker Local Hero David Taylor, a free BBQ by Rotary Club Darwin, free soup provided by St Vincent de Paul Society soup truck, and supported by Volunteering SA&NT.

Date: Friday 13 May
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Place: Tamarind Park, Darwin
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Thank you breakfast

Recognise the support and dedication of your volunteers at a thank you breakfast in Alice Springs.

Date: Saturday 14 May, 2016
Contact: Volunteering SA & NT



Queensland Volunteering Awards Presentation & Recognition Ceremony

The inaugural Queensland Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary & valuable work done every day by thousands of volunteers & organisations across the state. Award recipients will be announced at the Awards Presentation and Recognition Ceremony. This prestigious event highlights and pays tribute to the caring individuals and organisations who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work.

Date: Friday 13 May, 2016
Time: 9.45am for a 10.00am start
Place: Brisbane Room, Brisbane City Hall
Contact: Volunteering Queensland



National Volunteer Week Parade 2016

Celebrate with your volunteers and join us for the Parade along King William Street. Monday 9th May from 10:30am, starting at the Torrens Parade Grounds.

Date: Monday 9 May, 2016
Time: 10.30am
Place: Parade along King William Street, starting at the Torrens Parade Grounds.
Contact: Volunteering SA & NT

Seniors Information Service afternoon tea

Seniors Information Service is holding an afternoon tea to celebrate the work of our dedicated and hardworking volunteers

Date: Thursday 12 May, 2016
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm
Place: 149 Currie St, Adelaide



The 2016 Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Winners will be announced and prizes presented on Monday 9 May at the beginning of National Volunteer Week; in a ceremony at Government House, hosted by Volunteering Tasmania Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania. The Premier Will Hodgman will also be an esteemed guest.

Date: Monday 9 May, 2016
Place: Goverment House, Tasmania
Contact: Volunteering Tasmania

Meander Valley volunteer party

The Meander Valley in northern Tasmania is holding a volunteer party to celebrate volunteering for National Volunteer Week. Gold coin entry. Entertainment and lunch plus a volunteer photo display.

Date: Tuesday 10 May, 2016
Time: 11am – 1pm
Place: Western Tiers Community Club

NRM South and City of Hobart Bushcare celebrating National Volunteer Week!

Please join us for an exhibition displaying the finalists in the “Caring for our Environment” photo competition. Volunteers make a huge difference in helping to protect and enhance our natural environment and we all benefit from the often unacknowledged and tireless work they do. We recently ran a photo competition to celebrate the different ways that we care for our environment and have received some amazing entries! We are launching this exhibition during National Volunteers Week to say thank you for the enormous contribution made by environmental volunteers throughout Southern Tasmania. You don’t need to have entered the photo competition to attend the celebration event – anyone who cares about the environment is welcome! Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Place: Mount Nelson , Tas



Australian Red Cross Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Australian Red Cross is paying a special tribute to volunteers in Victoria. This National Volunteer Week we will be putting our hands together to applaud the extraordinary effort of our volunteers on Thursday May 12th with a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony followed by a barbeque.

Date: Thursday 12 May, 2016
Contact: 1800 833 489

National Volunteer Week Forum

Tying into the 2016 National Volunteer Week theme of “Give Happy, Live Happy,” Follow My Lead – Exploring Successful Leadership for Volunteer Managers” explore what it takes to lead and deliver  positive effects to the volunteer, organisation and community. The morning session opens with a Key Note Presentation from Tanya De Jong AM followed by a facilitated Panel Discussion exploring leadership for Volunteer Managers.

Date: Thursday 19 May, 2016
Time: 9.30am
Place: William Angliss  Institute, Enter via Angliss Restaurant, 550 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Contact: Volunteering Victoria



The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner 2016

Award recipients will be announced at the National Volunteer Week Gala Awards Presentation and Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel on Wednesday 11 May 2016. The event commences at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This prestigious event honours the best of the best with awards for volunteering in eight categories. Guests will enjoy a three course dinner, premium wines and wonderful live entertainment.

Date: Wednesday 11 May, 2016
Time: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Place: Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel, Perth
Contact: Volunteering WA