Please find below a media statement published today by Hon Reece Whitby, Minister for Emergency Services; Volunteering

  • The contribution made by volunteers recognised during National Volunteer Week, May 17-23
  • Volunteering is worth $39 billion to Western Australian communities
  • The State Government welcomes National Volunteer Week by lighting Perth landmarks red

The important work of Western Australian volunteers is being celebrated as National Volunteer Week begins today.

The McGowan Government applauds the efforts of volunteers, who make economic, social and cultural contributions to Western Australia in excess of $39 billion.

Research also shows volunteers are happier and healthier people with increased feelings of self-worth.

The national theme is ‘Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine’ which acknowledges it is time to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives; reconnect to what is important by giving our time to help others; and reimagine how we can better support volunteers and the communities they help.

COVID-19 has changed the way celebrations will happen this year, but Volunteering WA will ensure the spirit of the occasion will not be lost.

More than 200 in-person and virtual celebrations are taking place across the State, including morning teas in the Great Southern, a volunteer video short series by the City of Joondalup, and a ‘Back to Country’ event in Roebourne.

Perth landmarks including the Bell Tower, Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge and the Elizabeth Quay Bridge will be lit up red to acknowledge the immense contribution volunteering makes to our communities.

To find out how you can step into volunteering and discover more than 9,000 volunteer roles currently available, visit

Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby:

“I would like to thank all Western Australian volunteers who selflessly give their time to supporting the community, especially those who escalated their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whether it’s working for a local op shop, umpiring a footy game, fighting bushfires or cleaning up after a cyclone, the work of volunteers is highly valued. Without them many organisations could not continue the great work they do.

“Volunteering helps create safe, healthy and happy communities. I urge everyone to consider some type of volunteering if they can.”