SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

“Together we can; Together we will”

11/07/2023 – Australia’s Invisible Workforce

The Crucial Role of Volunteers in Supporting the Nation.

Volunteers are an integral part of Australian society, and it is estimated that over five million people volunteer through an organisation annually, while an additional 6.5 million provide informal volunteering support within their community.

A new report from Volunteering Australia featuring the latest volunteering data reveals key insights into the motivations and types of volunteering undertaken in Australia.

The data also reveals that for almost three-quarters (72%) of volunteers, personal satisfaction, and the desire to do something worthwhile are primary motivations. Helping others and the community is also a significant motivator, with 61% of volunteers indicating this as a driving factor.

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme, ‘The Change Makers’ highlighted the powerful impact volunteers across all sectors make, supporting individuals, communities and the nation. The week-long event recognised the millions of volunteers across Australia giving their time and energy to make a change in our communities while encouraging others to consider putting their hands up.

WA Volunteer Service Awards

The Department of Communities helps to acknowledge the significant efforts of Western Australia’s Volunteers

Western Australian Volunteers who have volunteered for over 25 years can be nominated in one of three categories to receive a commemorative pin and a personalised certificate in recognition of their service in one these three categories:

▶25 YEAR AWARD 25-49 years of volunteer service
▶50 YEAR AWARD 50-59 years of volunteer service
▶LIFETIME OF 60 years

More information about WA Volunteer Service Awards and eligibility criteria is available by phoning Department of communities on 1800 176 888 or email:

In 2023, 155 individuals were recognised through the Volunteer Service Awards Program for their longstanding service to Western Australian