A Marshall Liberal Government will abolish fees payable by volunteers for Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) screening in recognition of the importance of the endless hours of community service they donate.
The State Liberals will also address the excessive delays and wait times that have plagued the DCSI screening process under the Weatherill Labor Government.
“Volunteers are a vital part of our society: in Adelaide about 37 per cent of the population do volunteer work, and in the regions that figure climbs 58 per cent,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Each week about 1.76 million volunteer hours are worked in South Australia, and this dedication is essential for many organisations’ operations.
“We need to screen volunteers to protect children, people with a disability and the elderly but those checks shouldn’t become a deterrent for genuine volunteers.
“South Australia has the highest DCSI volunteer screening fee in the country at $58.30, with some states screening volunteers at no charge.
“Being a volunteer should be a source of pride, not a financial burden, and we want to encourage even more South Australians to get involved.
“We will extend the We Do app, a database and rewards program for volunteers which also links them with volunteer opportunities.
“As part of this extension, the contribution of employers who support and provide people time off work to volunteer will be recognised.
“After 16 years of Labor, our passionate volunteers deserve to know we value their dedication.
“A Marshall Liberal Government is committed to supporting our volunteers, as they underpin the work of many non-government and not-for-profit organisations in our state.”