National Volunteer Week takes place from 20-26 May and allows us to recognise the selfless and compassionate work of volunteers across Australia.

This year marks 30 years of celebration, acknowledging that our committed volunteers make a world of difference.

Within Western Australia, around 80 per cent of individuals aged 15 years and over give their time for the good of the community. Their contribution equates to more than 315 million hours each year and has led to volunteering being Western Australia’s largest industry based on participation.

In honour of our local volunteers, the Department of Communities hosts the annual WA Volunteer Service Awards during the celebration Week.

The WA Volunteer Service Awards is an awards program that recognises the state’s volunteers who have dedicated 25 years or more of service to one organisation.

Over 1,700 local volunteers have received the award over its seven year history.

This year, 131 volunteers will receive an award; 63 individuals will be recognised at an invite-only event on 22 May 2019.

To all of our state and national volunteers, thank you.