Approximately 80 per cent of Western Australians donate their time and effort to volunteer work. The Department of Communities helps to build and strengthen volunteering in our State. We partner with the community services sector to develop volunteer opportunities in Western Australia, as well as encouraging and assisting people to become involved in volunteering. This is more important than ever before as we respond to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and other State emergencies.
Under the State Emergency Welfare Plan, which was activated on 5 April 2020, the Department of Communities takes primary responsibility for coordinating the provision of emergency welfare services across Western Australia. Many of Western Australia’s volunteers have played an important role in our State’s recovery efforts, supporting vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 and other State emergencies.
One of our key partners is Volunteering WA, the peak body for volunteering in Western Australia. Volunteering WA’s role in an emergency is to support spontaneous emergency volunteers through an online emergency volunteering website. Members of the public can register through a simple sign up process to help the most vulnerable in our community to recover from emergencies, including natural disasters. If you are interested in short or long term volunteering please consider creating a volunteer profile, so we can respond even faster next time and make sure our local communities are supported during times of need.