From 21–27 May 2018, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

View the events calendar to find your nearest event. To post an event please contact


Wear Orange Wednesday (WOWDay)

The purpose of the WOW Day campaign is to inspire people to wear orange on 23 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.

WOWDay will be recognised nationally on 23 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 23 May 2018
Website: Wear Orange Wednesday


2018 Volunteering Awards Canberra Region

The 2018 Volunteering Awards Canberra region will be held during National Volunteer Week on Tuesday 22 May at the National Arboretum.

Date: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Dr, Canberra City ACT 2601
Contact: Volunteering and Contact ACT on 6251 4060 or email


Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative National Volunteer Week Celebration

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 3:00pm
Place: Pancakes on the Rocks, 4 Hyde Parade, Park Central, Campbelltown
Contact: Michelle Arenas on (02) 4677 1188 or email


Queensland Volunteering Awards

 The 2018 Queensland Volunteering Awards honour the inspiring endeavours of hundreds of volunteers, volunteer managers, volunteer-involving organisations and businesses that invest in employee volunteering programs, to bring about positive change in our community.

Date: Friday 25 May 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm
Place: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City
Contact: Volunteering Queensland


The 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards

Winners will be announced at Government House during National Volunteer Week on Monday 21 May 2018

Date: Monday 21 May 2018
Place: Government House, Tasmania
Contact: Volunteering Tasmania


Volunteering Victoria National Volunteer Week Forum: Ethics in Volunteer Leadership

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018
Time: 9:15am – 1:00pm
Place: Victorian State Library, Melbourne, Australia
Cost: Members FREE, Non-Members: $110

Register for the event here.


Volunteering NT and NT Government volunteer reception ‘Volunteers in the Territory’:

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Place: Star of Alice, Alice Springs
Contact: Volunteering NT

Volunteering NT and NT Government volunteer reception ‘Volunteers in the Territory’:

Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Place: Parliament House, Darwin
Contact: Volunteering NT


Department for Education – 2018 National Volunteer Week celebrations

Throughout the year, South Australian’s public schools, preschools and children’s centres take time to recognise the valuable contribution of its more than 25,000 volunteers.

During National Volunteers Week, the Department for Education celebrates these dedicated and diverse volunteers by  hosting centralised recognition events. This year, the celebratory activities include:

  • a morning tea to launch National Volunteers Week with the Minister for Education
  • an exhibition of children and students’ creative tributes to their volunteers
  • a wellbeing and resilience workshop for volunteers
  • sausage sizzle and free coffee morning
  • participation in Volunteering SA&NT’s annual National Volunteer Week parade

To find out more visit the Department for Education 2018 National Volunteer Week celebrations webpage.